Why I LOVE Paranormal Romance Fiction!
Kaitlyn Davis, author of the Midnight Fire Series, opens up about what drives her obsession for young adult paranormal romance and why she decided to write in the genre.
Which sounds more interesting?
1) Girl meets boy. Girl and boy play an elaborate game of cat and mouse for 300 pages. Boy and girl live happily ever after.
2) Girl meets boy. Girl and boy play an elaborate game of cat and mouse that includes world-ending high stakes, ridiculously awesome supernatural powers, post-apocalyptic scenarios and what-the-F-just-happened-I-am-dying cliffhangers. Boy and girl live happily ever after.
Is this even a choice? Obviously scenario number two! And that about sums up why I LOVE paranormal and dystopian romance. At their bases, contemporary romance and paranormal romance aren’t that different. Both genres tell stories about growing up, facing losses, overcoming challenges, and finding yourself and maybe even love along the way. But, paranormal romance does this with so much more gusto—everything is bigger! The stakes are higher, the story lines are sweeping, the powers are unlike anything on this earth, and I love getting lost in those sorts of fantasy worlds.
And like I’ll tell everyone, I can pinpoint where my obsession began with a little show called Buffy The Vampire Slayer (come on, you know you love it too!). While my friends were gossiping about One Tree Hill, I was gobbling down every episode I could find about Buffy and her Scooby gang. And the whole time, I kept asking myself: Who cares about basketball games when a hell mouth is opening in the library? Who wants to watch cheerleaders when you can watch the slayer kick some vampire ass? And who can possibly long for Chad Michael Murray when the dark, brooding, mysterious Angel is in the picture? Definitely not me!
And because I couldn’t find any other television shows that pulled at my heartstrings the same way, I turned to books. Meg Cabot’s Mediator Series was one of the first books I read that really grabbed my attention and kept me reading way past my bedtime with a flashlight under my covers. Tamora Pierce’s Alanna Series came next and I adored Marianne Curley’s Guardians of Time Series.
Basically, by the time Twilight came around, I was already neck-deep in a paranormal obsession and ready to just keep it going! And I love that the rest of the world has finally joined me (and all of you guys like me!) and has seen these young adult books for the amazing adventures they are.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve not only devoured these stories, but dreamed of writing them—dreamed of creating characters people love, stories that make readers gasp in shock, and worlds with stakes so high they’d be hanging out with the moon. And I think I have created that with my Midnight Fire Series.
But no matter what, I’ll spend the rest of my life writing and hoping that one day one of my books might be the catalyst that sends some unsuspecting reader down the paranormal rabbit hole! After all, I need some company down here ;)
About the Author: Kaitlyn Davis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Writing Seminars. She's been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to finally share her work with the world. She currently lives in New York City and dreams of having a cockapoo puppy of her own.
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