I’m working on a Super-Sekrit Writing Project. For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you may have read that it’s a paranormal romance.
Why is it secret? Contracts, primarily, but also timing. You see, I’m not the only one working on this project. Other authors are playing in the same sand box, too, and we’re trying to be all organized about it. And yes, as you might have gathered from the photo, it is occasionally like herding cats. Besides, I like cat analogies. The internet was invented by cats so that the human race may praise them and post pictures of them everywhere; I’m merely doing my part.
In case you aren’t familiar with the paranormal romance genre, it’s bigger than science fiction romance, though there’s some crossover. The latter is newer as its own classification, but it’s not new—Andre Norton wrote science fiction and fantasy with romance, and so did Anne McCaffrey, Piers Anthony, and host of others, but it was all lumped under SF&F. Romance is a huge genre, with eight or ten major subgenres, and dozens if you break them down even further. Paranormal romance deals with, well, the paranormal, but that’s as wide as the sea. Magic, werewolves, vampires (sparkly or otherwise), creatures of myth and legend, gods, demons, and more can all find their happily ever after in paranormal romances. They tend to blend the contemporary with the extraordinary, but that can include historical and futuristic as well. As a matter of fact, science fiction romance is often lumped in with paranormal romance.
I’ve said before that my muse’s home planet is science fiction, but that it loves vacation trips to action, romance, mystery, paranormal, adventure, thriller, and even a little comedy, so it’s not that much of a stretch for me to wander into the paranormal world. They both involve world building, internal consistency, and demand relatable (yes, that’s a word, because I say so) characters and excellent plotting. Cross-genre stories need all the elements holding up their end of the book, or the author risks annoying fans of the “pure” genre.
I’ll let you know when I can tell you more. In the meantime, you could sign up for my newsletter and be the first to know when new releases come out, such as super-sekrit projects.