Morning everyone! Today begins a week of guest posts and GIVEAWAYS here at Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind. No, there is no special occasion it just happened to fall into place that way. To kick it off today we have Lori Brighton, who is one of my favorite authors! Lori has had a couple of print releases including her new book Wild Desire, as well as several indie releases in ebook forms.
So let’s welcome Lori!
Lori, what have been your challenges in writing a historical paranormal? Not many authors take on a historical paranormal romance at all, why did you decide to?
You could say I’ve always been an imaginative person. My favorite movies when I was growing up were those adventurous type films like Indiana Jones, the kind of movies that took you to another world and threw you into a place of suspense. The historical aspect didn’t hurt. In fact I went to college for Anthropology but realized rather quickly that digging in the dirt was way less romantic and much more…dirty than I’d thought. But there was one way I could go on adventures and not get so messy…writing.
The first book I wrote was a romantic suspense with plenty of life or death situations to drum up the rate of your heart. As much as I liked to write an emotional read, I also loved those external adventurous plot points. When I read books by authors who focus mostly on internal problems, I’m always a little astonished that they can pull off such a feat while keeping the readers interested.
But I also love history and there is nothing, in my opinion, more romantic than the Victorian era. Perhaps it’s because my mom would always take me to antique shops and since we lived in the U.S. those antique shops were full of Victorian era objects. It’s always been one of my favorite eras. When I sit down to write a historical romance, they always seem to take place in the 1800s.
But suspense and history aren’t the only things I have in my books. Over and over again, the paranormal tends to slip into my plots, even when I’m not expecting it. When I started Wild Heart, my first N.Y. published book, I had intended for it to be a historical romance. But I realized I could make the book more unique and give the two main characters a deeper connection if there was a paranormal aspect. And so Wild Heart became a historical paranormal. Wild Desire, the spinoff to Wild Heart, has even more paranormal.
But as I’m starting to learn, combining my favorites themes isn’t all rainbows and lollipops. Many historical readers are puritans in that they want their historical books to be historicals; no vampires, no werewolves, just good old fashioned history. And on the other hand, paranormal readers aren’t used to reading historicals. And believe me there is a difference between a historical and paranormal romance.
For one, historical romances often have a fine balance between internal and external conflict. And, in fact, if they do lean toward one over the other, it’s usually internal conflict. The heroine or hero often have to overcome something emotional to have that happily ever after. There is a lot of talk about feelings and love. And brooding abounds!
Whereas in most paranormals, if the hero broods too much, the heroine would merely kick his ass. Sweet and meek heroines are not found in the paranormal world and feelings tend to be for pansies. Even the heroine has to be tough as nails, which usually wouldn’t go over well with historical readers. As for internal versus external problems… the external is usually at the forefront, with the heroine or hero often focused on saving the world.
Writing in all genres has certainly been a learning process for me. So how about you… are you a puritan who likes to keep your subgenres separated? Or are you a ‘more the merrier’ kind of reader?
Leave a comment. TWO people will win a signed printed copy of my historical paranormal Wild Desire, an Ecopy of A Night of Secrets AND an ecopy of Kiss Me, Kill Me.
Grayson Bellamont has spent years on the Continent, fighting a war he cares nothing for. It is only while in the chaos of battle that he can hide what he truly is, a Vampire. Returning to England, he finds his sister murdered and his seven-year-old niece missing. All over the country Vampires are mysteriously dying. Grayson sets out to uncover the truth and locate his niece before it’s too late. All leads point to Meg James, a Vicar’s daughter. Instinct tells him Meg is innocent, but the clues he uncovers warn she’s guilty. One thing is clear, Meg awakens a warmth inside of him he thought long dead and Grayson is torn between a sense of duty and his desires.
Vowing to honor a promise, Meg concocts a lie to keep a stranger’s child safe. She had no idea that protecting the child would mean putting her own life in danger. When Grayson arrives asking questions, Meg’s unease flares. Who is this mysterious man who seems to appear and disappear as quickly as a spirit? A man with strength like no other? As he pushes ever closer, taking over her senses with his touch, his kiss and his unexpected honor, she realizes she has even more to lose. Meg is falling in love with Grayson, but will he believe her when the truth will condemn the one person he trusts the most?
In what feels like a moment, Beatrice Edmund goes from being a proper lady cooped up in a stuffy Scottish castle to traveling miles from anything she’s ever known, in the midst of the wildest adventure of her life. And at the center of that adventure is the most infuriating, puzzling scoundrel on earth. She cannot take her eyes off him.
Then He Drove Her Wild
Colin Fitch cannot deny he’s drawn to Beatrice–but lust is all he could possibly feel for the sharp-tongued minx. Still, if there’s a chance she can help him stop the madman he pursues, he must withstand her obvious disapproval. Yet withstanding the longing he feels for her is growing more troublesome by the second. . . And Colin has never been terribly good at staying out of trouble. . .
This is a brand new paranormal anthology from some AWESOME authors! And better yet if you don’t win, you can get your very own copy for only .99 at Smashwords and all proceeds go to charity!
Thank you so much Lori! This has been a lot of fun and what a fantastic giveaway as well!