There are a lot of reasons I enjoy writing romance and erotica, not the least of which is sheer enjoyment. I recently realized these genres are the only ones where I find myself capable of writing something actually literary, something more than simple fiction. That’s not to say fiction and genre storytelling aren’t wonderful ways to express one’s writing passions; I prefer a good escapist fantasy over heavy literary tome any day. But I find it fascinating how deeply erotica
Aren't vampires 'played out' yet? There's been a rise in criticism for the vampire in romantic and young adult fiction lately, especially in the wake of wildly popular titles like Twilight, The Vampire Dairies, True Blood, and so on. Lots of readers and viewers would very much like vampires to go back to their frightening horror movie roots. So why do we love vampires in our love stories like peanut butter in our chocolate? Why are they such a staple of the paranormal romanc
I love writing stories about the paranormal. Perhaps that comes from the fact that I also love reading them, and watching them, in film, TV, or even animated form. I love stories about ghosts and hauntings, eerie possessions and exorcisms, and of course, supernatural creature features. So it's no surprise I've fallen in love with the world of vampires, werewolves, demons and angels. It should come as no surprise that I'm a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer die-hard. I can even te
I've been a little disappointed with the paranormal romance genre lately. In fact, the last book I tried to read, I couldn't finish. It feels so formulaic. So rehashed. Why are we all writing the same things over and over? A little tip for my fellow writers of the genre: if it's a trope, don't use it. Please. It is by definition already cliche. It does nothing for you. It makes your story stale. Whenever people ask me what advice I'd give to aspiring writers, I always say
Confession time: I think vampires should always be a little bit bad. Better yet, a lot bad. I came to love vampire stories during the age of Gary Oldman as Dracula, Keifer Sutherland leading The Lost Boys, and Tom Cruise preying on innocent throats in Interview with a Vampire. Vampires were villains. They were beautiful, romantic, immortal, and utterly lost in wash of darkness and evil. That's why loving them was so dangerous. And, why it was so exciting.
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