by Lyn C. Johanson
And sometimes I’m not exactly inclined to dig deep, because let’s face it, half of the time people ask with a mocking glint in their eyes. As if you’re not a real writer if you “scribble silly love stories”.
“As in erotica?” they ask. “One of those…”
“No! Romance. Paranormal romance.” I have nothing against erotica. I read it, but it’s just not what I write. And the fact that people don’t know the difference between romance with hot scenes in it and full-on erotica makes it that much harder to explain.
Worse is when the following question rings out: “Does anyone actually read it?”
That kills me. Well, not really, but it does leave a bad taste in my mouth.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say. And it’s certainly true here. For some, romances are predictable. Formulaic. And if they’re paranormal – then completely unrealistic. For me, though – they’re magical!
So what if I can predict who ends up with whom by the end of Chapter 1? It’s the journey that counts, the struggle to overcome the odds. It’s growing and learning, and finding someone who completes you. If that is the formula, then bring it on! I’ll gladly drink it.
I love it when the characters meet, when their gazes tangle. I love their inner struggle, and finding out the core truths about them. I even love it when they fight. Mostly, though, I love putting it all to paper. (Plus, they don’t want to be stuck in my head for eternity, they demand release!)
I never forget the plot – I like building the world, the magical world I want my readers to escape to – but it’s the relationship between the characters that is the closest to my heart. As for the magical part – I think I can explain it best with the help of a small excerpt (from Forged in Fire):
She stepped into the open, and let her powers loose. The energy balls went straight for the boulders, bringing the twenty-foot monoliths down in a torrent of stone and sand. Massive dust clouds formed and grew, obscuring the possible threat, until she swiped her hands, clearing up the haze.
If I was to write a contemporary romance, for example, I guess my heroine could step into the open and fire her guns at the attackers. She would still be kick-ass; not a damsel in distress that needs constantly saving from the hero, but rather someone who takes the matters into her own hands, and sometimes even saves him. And yet, it wouldn’t be the same.
There is something extraordinary about having magical powers. And my heroines, and sometimes my heroes, do have them. Maybe that is the real reason I write paranormal romance (not contemporary, or any other): When those characters come to me and demand their stories told – they are who they are, and I can’t change that!
Her stories transport the reader into the darkly sensual world where the magic of romance meets fantasy. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and sons.
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Lyn's Newest Paranormal Romance Release: Forged in Fire
Desiree ruled a domain swarming with the worst sinners ever to walk on Earth, until her dual nature became too dangerous for the Demon Council to ignore. Now banished, she finds herself intrigued by an enigma she encounters—a decent soul in the land of rotten scum.
A fighter doomed to hell…
To save his newborn nephews, Ciaran sacrificed his life to spend eternity in the Underworld. Yet becoming a plaything to be used and abused is a fate he is determined to avoid.
A passion forged in fire…
Temptation stokes the flames in both their hearts and bodies, but when faced with the reality of their circumstances, those flames might burn them both to ash. For in a demon world defined by supernatural abilities, a human must remain a slave, and she—free from any weakness her enemies might take advantage of.
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