Help! My Favorite Author Has Abandoned Me!
As I make the jump from romantic suspense to the paranormal genre, I find myself fascinated with what it is about the paranormal genre that draws readers. I’ll admit, I was never a huge paranormal fan until just a few years ago. My genre of choice has always been romantic suspense. Danger, intrigue, romance…those are the elements that always pull me. But as I’ve read more, branched out into different genres, I’ve discovered paranormals aren’t all that different from what I’ve been reading for years.
Take my two series, for example. My Stolen Series is considered light romantic suspense or romantic adventure. All three books deal with some kind of treasure hunt, characters on the run from bad guys out for their own gain, and everyday people forced into extraordinary circumstances. Broken down distinctly, in each of my romantic suspense books you’ll find murder and mayhem, danger and suspense and a super hot romance twined through the entire thing.
Compare that to my new paranormal series—the Eternal Guardians—which begins with MARKED (April 27, 2010). These books are different in that the heroes are all descended from the heroes of Ancient Greece—Hercules, Odysseus, Achilles, Jason, etc. They are the protectors of their realm who battle daemons from the Underworld and one specific god hell-bent on revenge. But broken down to its most basic level, these books also contain murder and mayhem, danger and suspense and a smokin’ hot romance. They just happen to have a little something “extra” that my romantic suspense books don’t.
I’ve heard from some fans of my Stolen Series who love romantic suspense and aren’t big paranormal readers. A few have expressed frustration that I am “switching genres so soon”. I can understand this disappointment. You find an author you love in a genre you adore, and then that author moves off to write something else. And the paranormal genre seems to be so wide sweeping. Why is everyone switching to that genre?
I don’t know about other authors, I can only answer for me, but I will tell you flat out that I never planned to write paranormals. I have, however, always been fascinated with Greek mythology. When I was writing STOLEN FURY (my 2010 Double Rita nominee), I immersed myself in the stories from Ancient Greece. That book centered around three ancient relics of the Three Furies – the goddesses of punishment and crime in Greek mythology—and when I got done, I knew I wanted to do something else that was as steeped in the old stories as that was. The result was MARKED, my first paranormal. Yes, there are daemons and snarky gods, immortal beings and a millennia-old prophecy that could bring about the end of the world. But the book is still written in my voice, it still combines romance and danger, suspense and intrigue. So at the heart, when you peel away that paranormal layer (which is all the Greek mythology that I have always loved), you’re left with a book that’s really not all that different from my romantic suspense work.
I’m hoping fans of my Stolen Series will give MARKED a try. A good friend (who only reads romantic suspense and contemporary romances) read it recently and told me she was shocked by how much she loved it. More than my other books, in fact. That was quite a compliment coming from someone who has avoided paranormal novels pretty much altogether. The more I read (and write) the more I’ve realized that if I love an authors voice in one genre, regardless of where they go next, it’s a pretty good bet I’m going to love them in the new genre as well.
And for those readers who are worried I’ve abandoned my RS roots? Don’t fret, I haven’t. I love writing romantic suspense and always will. As publishers are willing to buy my work, I’ll continue writing it. In fact, my next project is an RS novella I’m writing for Kensington, which I can’t wait to start. I truly love writing in BOTH genres.
How about you? Have you ever felt abandoned by an author you fell in love with? Did you give that author a chance in their new genre? I’d love to know why or why not.
Leslie and I want to take this time to thank Elisabeth for stopping by today and for writing this wonderful post.