Guest Blogger: Shiloh Walker
Thanks to the members here at the League for letting me pop in… I appreciate it!
Want to know a word I hear a lot? It’s why.
It’s a question I get asked a lot. From my kids… ie: Mom, why do I have to pick up my room? Why do I have to put up my clothes?
From my darling husband who can’t understand why I love to curl up in a hot bath with a book and a glass of wine… with the door locked. (Moms everywhere probably understand the answer to that one.)
I get it from people I used to work with when they ask me about my writing.
I get it from people I meet at booksignings, who want to know why I have a picture of a sexy chick standing next to an over-sized cougar.
Why do you write that kind of stuff?
That’s the why I’m going to talk about today.
Except I’m not going to answer the why.
I’m going to answer the why not.
Why not write hot paranormal romances?
I love hot paranormal romances. I mean, I’ve got an entire shelf in the DVD cabinet devoted to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. My TBR stack is no longer a shelf, it’s an entire book case and half of those books are paranormal.
They can be so much fun. I had more fun writing one of my most recent releases, CANDY HOUSES, than I can remember having in quite a while. My lovely host Mark saw me mention the title on twitter when I was working on it and he asked if it was an erotic telling of Hansel and Gretel and why, yes…yes, it was. Except there wasn’t any Hansel. In my story, Hansel was a mean little bastard who died a nasty, nasty death after abusing his sister Gretel. In my story, the characters from fairy tales come to life and they are actually guardian angels…called Grimms. Writing them has just been outright fun.
So why not?
There’s a wealth of inspiration out there, and so many myths and tales you can pull from. Not just vampires, not just werewolves, but witches, psychics, guardian angels, demons…even ghosts. Flipping through books on mythology, cryptids, fairy tales? When you write paranormal, that’s actually research. Watching Buffy can be research. Watching a horror flick late at night with my husband is research.
There are plenty of reasons why I write it…but one of the main reasons…it’s fun.
Do you like to read or write paranormal romance? Who is your favorite author…what is your favorite paranormal creature from fiction?
Again, thanks for having me!