To celebrate my favorite month, I’m writing about what happens when horror meets romance—paranormal romance!
Although I create hot and spicy romances, I actually started out writing horror stories. For some, that might seem like an odd combination, but it works for me. One half of my brain writes the horror, and the other half writes the romance.
Since I grew up reading horror fiction and watching horror movies, it only seemed natural. (After all, Halloween is my favorite holiday!) I like writing horror fiction because I get to explore different settings, plots, and characters that I couldn’t develop in romance. Sometimes after working on several romances, I’ll switch moods and write a horror story to give my brain and writing muscles a change of pace.
My horror short stories are more psychological/spooky/creepy than gory, and it’s fun to add something scary (or strange!) into a romance. Sometimes it’s hard to keep a paranormal romance within bounds—to blend just enough horror elements into the love story without grossing out (or turning off) the heroine or hero….
Other times the challenge is creating a believable plot or finding a way to make a “monster” attractive/romantic/sexy. In some cases, the only way to get around the wacky idea of someone being in love with a “monster” is to use humor. Beauty & the Bigfoot is a perfect example of that!
Beauty & the Bigfoot sprung from a “what if” idea. What if a girl fell in love with a Sasquatch? And, what if her father was the town crackpot Bigfoot hunter? I wrote the story as a contemporary comedy (how could it not be?) and had great fun creating the oddball characters and their crazy situations.
And yes, there’s plenty of romance between Tara and her sexy Sasquatch named Joe. Writing the love scenes was challenging—I had to keep things interesting, yet write them in a way that was believable to the readers and characters. (It must have worked because the book got several great reviews and readers love the chemistry between the two lovebirds!) The book has a “twist” ending that I won’t give away here, but “Joe” isn’t exactly what he seems!
Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover started out with the premise “What if a vampire went to the beach and fell in love with a surfer?” The book is extra “unique” in that it’s told in first person from the male character’s point of view. I made Cassie (the vampire) sympathetic and sexy, and not overtly terrifying – yet she still flexed her vampire muscles when she wanted to.
Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is my most recent paranormal and it’s also my second gay romance. But it’s not your usual werewolf love story—readers should know that Deke, the werewolf character, doesn’t actually turn into a “wolfman” —he becomes an aggressive Alpha male. As I say in the book, “It’s more 'Incredible Hulk' than American Werewolf in London.”
Although Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is my third paranormal romance, I almost had a problem writing the story because I’m “old-school” when it comes to creatures of the night and I expect my werewolves to be violent and vicious (like my vampires) not cuddly. In my opinion, if a person is going to turn into a werewolf/wolf-man, he should look like the werewolves in the movie Dog Soldiers. (A horror movie I highly recommend!)
But Deke is a badass and the antagonist, Blayne, is just about as violent and vicious as you can get (without fangs and claws). I hope readers enjoy the story and the characters. This book was a lot of fun to write and although it’s dark in places, Larry lightens the mood with his offbeat sense of humor.
Summaries, excerpts and reviews of all three are on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com — and I’ll hope you’ll check it out. It has a great new look.
Next week, we’ll talk about horror anthologies!