Why write fantasy and paranormal stories?
One question I’m often asked is why do you write fantasy and paranormal stories. The answer is simple, because I can escape into a new world and forget about my troubles. That ability to escape is also why I read those same genres.
Does this mean I don’t read any contemporary romance stories? No. I just don’t read them as often or seem to become as engrossed. For example at my local romance book club, we read Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann. I finished it in two weeks – a long time for me (I usually finish a novel within three days.) It was well written and I liked the characters. However, the plot of dealing with drug dealers didn’t catch my attention. I could put the book down and walk away without an internal clock ticking my impatience to return. To be fair, around the same time we had an incident at a local mall with 200 people getting into a gang related fight. The book hit too close to home and I couldn’t get away from the things I wanted to.
Does this mean fantasy/paranormal stories lack these things? No. A mage could become addicted to the rush of power from ‘blood magic’ or a vampire’s need for blood means he can’t wait to sink his fangs into the next victim. Janny Wurts does a great job mixing political and religious issues in her Wars of Light and Shadows series. Isaac Asimov mixed science and social-economic issues in the Foundation series. Nalini Singh in her Psi/Changeling series mixes political and economic issues in addition to romance.
One day I hope to create worlds and characters as memorable as theirs.