It occurred to me many people may be wondering why do I write hetero paranormal and gay paranormal. Today I thought I would give you the run down.
First, when you write you must write about what you like, what interests you and take into account what will sale. A lot of authors believe if you write for the market you could soon be dead in the water. I don’t believe this is true. I think that if you make an effort to see what your market is, who your readers are and what they want to read you will be better able to develop a readership and a positive relationship with your readers. I love the paranormal and am fascinated by vampires and were creatures. I have loved vampires since the Count on sesame street.
Since then I have read Anne Rice, JR Ward, Susan Squires, Christine Feehan and Susan Sizemore and anyone else I can find. I have read thousands of books that do with vampires and hundreds that deal with were creatures. I enjoy these authors and others immensely and highly recommend them if your looking for new reads. It’s called research. You must know what you are up against. Even in ebooks.
Second, I write Hetero sex because it’s what I know. I’ve been married 17 years and started dating and having sex three years before that. I’ve tried everything within reason from BDSM to missionary. It occurs to me, however, as long as you have a resource with experience you do not have to have the personal experience if you have done your research.
Third, and a however, you must be careful. I wrote a book called Bound by Darkness. This is not a paranormal romance. It is a paranormal horror that contains two really evil bad guys that tweak BDSM and use it in a not nice way. This book has received high reviews, a top pick review from Night Owl Reviews, a 4.5 from Romance Junkies and a 4 from Coffee Time Romance, but it hasn’t sold so well because the BDSM is not used in a loving, traditional way and was marketed as paranormal romance.
The lesson here is be careful how you advertise.
Fourth, gay paranormal romance.
I write Gay paranormal romance because it fascinates me. I love the dynamic of the relationship, the things you can do with the paranormal creatures and the worlds you can build.
I am a big supporter or GLBT rights. They are the same as everyone else and need to be treated equally, honestly, is it 1950?? The fact that the government is getting involved in the bedroom is just absurd. It’s about Love people not hate, wake up! As out as some people are there is still a huge amount if GLBT individuals that are in the closet or terrified to come out because of the bullying and abuse that has become prevalent and associated with this way of life and, by the way, you are born this way. I wrote gay romance to support my fellow man, woman and everyone in between. Please stop the inequality and bullying.
Last, I think that being open to alternative lifestyles can open your mind to new worlds, cultures and issues that surround them. Teach your kids love and happiness, not hate. Families are what we make them, not what we perceive as the norm. What is normal anyway? Socially acceptability is bullshit. Be yourself, live free and happy.