I've been hearing around the water cooler that Paranormal Romance is dead…

As someone who's written thirty-four novels, of which thirty-three are paranormal, I'm a little sad to hear this news. 

So, what's an author like me to do?

Most tell me, "Well, just write a contemporary novel, then."

I never imagined myself writing anything that didn't have angels, demons, or vampires (or 18 year old ice-slinging science experiments....) There's just so much fun to be had with the craziness that ensues with supernatural powers and situations. 

But one day I got an idea. What I thought was a start to my next paranormal trilogy….no super powers were involved. 

No scientists mixing DNA to make ice or fire-slinging characters….
No 400 year old half-demons seeking salvation….
No Vamp Hunters snuffing out blood suckers terrorizing a college campus...

Instead,  the story in my mind was of an ordinary girl struggling with life after a tragic assault.

It surprised me, but I went with the idea like I do whenever I get a story idea. I didn't tell anyone it wasn't PNR, though,  including my agent, because I wasn't sure I'd be able to keep the supernatural from leaking into it! LOL!

And a month later….The Fighter Inside was done. Angelina and Hunter's story was on paper, and there weren't any angels, demons, or vampires--Oh my! 

I'll share a little snippet of it below, but first…I want to ask you a question (or three). 

Do you think Paranormal is dead? 
What do you think of authors writing both?
Would you follow your favorite PNR author into the contemporary world? 

Do tell!  :)  

And here's a little sneak peek into The Fighter Inside. 

The Blurb: 

He'll be her strength…She'll show him how to be strong.

Angelina Raine hasn’t left her apartment in over four years, but she’s determined to attend graduation—if she can make it down the hall and to the elevator. On her journey to freedom, she smacks into her worse nightmare: A tall, tattooed hunk of muscle who looks meaner than the men she’d been hiding from for so long.

Hunter Amos has done his best to steer clear of personal attachment and to tamp down the rage that nearly destroyed his family. But when he opens himself to the beauty next door, he will protect her with a vengeance.

When Fate tosses two damaged souls together, they’ll cling to the hope that their love can keep them together, even when the world and their pasts are trying to tear them apart.

A peek at chapter one:

Taking this one step through the doorway of my apartment wouldn’t kill me. Logically I knew that, but somehow my body considered the mere thought of walking out of my apartment a step that could possibly end the world.
At least my world.
I drew in a deep breath, but it didn’t change the drum solo pounding away at my ribcage.
“I can’t do this,” I whispered.
“You can, Angelina. We’ve been to this point more times than we can count. It’s time,” Jenna’s soft voice whispered in my ear.
She was an amazing therapist. Heck, it was two in the morning and she was on the phone with me, helping me take this first step.
I glanced down at my phone and her wide, green eyes filled the small screen. She nodded, encouraging me. Like she had for the past two years.
Two freaking years it’s taken me to get to the doorway. Well, not exactly to the doorway, but to the doorway with the intention of making it all the way to the end of the hallway and into the elevator.
A wave of anxiety stormed through my stomach, clenching the muscles as the bile rose. Heat steamed my cheeks, but a chill puckered the skin along my arms beneath my long sleeved thermal.
I can do this. I will not let them control me.
“Breath, Angelina,” Jenna reminded me.
How did I do that again? Oh, yeah. In through the nose, out through the mouth.
“Name your songs if you need to,” Jenna said.
I nodded and eased my hand down, still holding the electronic lifeline, but I didn’t want to see Jenna’s face. I needed to be strong. I could do this.
Sober. Family Portrait. Try. As I rolled through the list of songs from my favorite, kick-ass, tougher than nails artist, P!nk, I felt my energy rising. My confidence. It was a silly safe guard, but it worked.
I lifted my foot toward the threshold of the doorway: The thin silver frame on the floor separating my plush burgundy carpet from the thin weatherproof layer in the hallway outside. I swallowed hard, squashing the tears threatening to choke me.
Let’s Get This Party Started, Who Knew.
I squeezed my phone as my foot planted on the thin carpet outside my door. Yes.
God, I was sick. For this one little step to give me so much pleasure was just…insane. But I had to do this. Had to. I was graduating this year, and I was bound and determined to make it to graduation.
Or at least a graduation party.
Something to celebrate the monumental occurrence of me getting my degree. Because I’d been in this apartment four years and twelve days, and I’d never left.
As in ever.
And I was more than ready to leave.

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  1. Do you think Paranormal is dead? Only by traditional standards. The readership is still there!
    What do you think of authors writing both? I write both, so I love them. ;)
    Would you follow your favorite PNR author into the contemporary world? Of course!

    1. Thanks, CARRIE. I'd follow my fave author, too. Usually it's the voice I love, so I figure whether he/she is writing PNR or not I'd like his/her stories. :)

      The readership is still there for sure! Times are changing, that's for sure. It's a cycle as far as I'm concerned. :) It'll come roaring back someday soon. :)

  2. I don't think it's dead from a reader standpoint. But maybe from a mass marketing standpoint. Which makes sense when you consider the idea of what an average reader might think when they stroll through Barnes & Noble and see another PNR being heavily promoted: How is this different than Twilight, etc.?

    Big publishing wants to get behind a story that can cross boundaries beyond just the core fan base (they want those readers, too, of course). And PNR is probably a hard sell right now because of the post-Twilight saturation. However, the core fan base is definitely still snapping them up.

    It'll probably be cyclical like most trends, so when we hit dystopian overload the PNRs might come back en vogue.

    1. I think you're right, EJ. Not from a reader standpoint. What do you think is the next thing ? Science Fiction? ;)

  3. Well, according to Open Road and other reader-fueled sites, PNR is still very much requested and read. I just heard this at the SCBWI NYC winter conference on new publishing strategies. This was also the first time that they featured an indie author (Abbi Glines) and had a breakout session about NA (with an editor from HC). Cool, huh? Thought you might want to know.

    1. Awesome, Catherine! Thanks for sharing this. It's GREAT news. NA is taking storm, that's for sure. More contemp than PNR, but it's still awesome! :)

  4. I don't necessarily think genres die; I think it's more likely that they cycle. From a business perspective, I can understand that large publishing companies want to find what is currently hot, milk it til it dries up, and move onto the next thing. In this situation, think of genres like a series of forests where eventually all the trees get cut down and have to re-grow before they can be used up again. (Not a pretty thought, but its the best I have atm.) I don't necessarily think that this mirrors readers tastes. I don't, say, crave PNR from Jan. to April, SF during May and June, Contemp. from July to Sept. and then Mystery during Oct. - Dec. I read a wide variety of genres and there are a zillion different things that can effect what will end up on my Kindle next.

    I don't see anything wrong with an author writing more than one genre. For an author, I would figure writing is an art first and that telling the stories that person needs to tell is / should be the most important thing. From a business perspective, I think the big thing is making sure readers know when / if someone is writing in a different genre. For example, I've noticed that some people think Panic by Lauren Oliver is going to be like The Hunger Games (since Lauren wrote the Delirium trilogy) when it's actually contemporary.

    As for following an author through different genres? Absolutely! I think it is interesting to see how someone's work can differ, and I also think that as others have said, voice plays a huge role here.

    1. I think you're right, Kathy. They don't necessary die--as in true dead--just cycle down. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! :)

  5. I don't know about the life/death/afterlife of PNR as I don't read much of it, but I really like the look of The Fighter Inside. When's it coming out?

    1. Thanks!! The Fighter Inside is with my agent, so we'll see if any publisher picks it up or not. I'm plugging away at the second book…Super excited about this! :)

  6. I really hope PNR is NOT dead. I love it. As for following a favorite author - I would follow my favorite authors anywhere even into horror (which I hate). I like authors writing more than one genre. I think it keeps them fresh.

    This looks interesting. I just love a good story.

    Valerie @ StuckInBooks

    1. Thanks for swinging by, Valerie. In my mind there will always be a PNR readership. It might not be all the craze right now….but it'll swing back. It always does. :)

  7. I think there will always be ebbs and flows with every genre as the market gets saturated and then clears out and then back again. But as long as there is a core of readers who enjoy the genre/category/subgenre, there will always be a few authors writing it!


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