I’ve loved romance all my life. A story that focuses on two people falling in love and living happily ever after—that’s what I want. Real life is full of uncertainty, but romance novels are required to end happily. They’re a port in the storm for me. An escape. Still, it wasn’t until I discovered the paranormal genre—vampires in particular—that I was inspired to write romance.
And why is that?
At first, I really had no idea. I just loved vampires so much. When King of Darkness was released though, I was asked so many times I had to give the matter some real thought. Turns out the fascination had always been there. I can go back to childhood and Beauty and the Beast, and remember how interesting it was that a monster could fall in love.
Fast forward a few years to The Lost Boys and Interview with a Vampire. Because yeah, even undead, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were totally hot. These were more like horror movies with a touch of romance, but it was the gateway for me to seeing vampires in a sensual and romantic light. For what would later become seeing vampires as heroes rather than villains.
I’ve talked to readers about some of the reasons they like vampires: the fangs, the muscles, the primal alpha male-ness, and the fact that they literally growl. I agree wholeheartedly with all of it. As a writer I also like the extra challenges and dimensions you can add to your story with the supernatural elements that vampires bring to the table. They need their love interest’s blood to survive! They’re immortal, or nearly-so, depending on the rules of your world (my vampires are alive rather than undead so they live for a long time but not forever). Maybe they have super-strength. These days, your vampire can come in any shape or size.
The possibilities are endless.
So what about you? Do you enjoy paranormal? Not everyone does, and that’s okay too. If you do, what’s your favorite paranormal creature, and why? Leave a comment to let me know, and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of King of Darkness.
About King of Darkness:
ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA...
Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human--although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons' blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl's life turns dark and dangerous.
BUT TIME'S RUNNING OUT FOR THE KING OF THE VAMPIRES...
Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong...
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Elisabeth Staab lives in Northern Virginia with her hero and soul mate. She has been a telemarketer, a web page editor, a software developer, a reader for the blind, a technical trainer, a coffee shop barista, a tutor, a homemaker, a government project manager, a graphic designer, and a professional ebayer. Finally, she's landed on being a writer - which is what her high school guidance counselor originally suggested anyway.
Elisabeth believes that all kinds of safe, sane, and consensual love should be celebrated--but she loves the fantasy-filled realm of paranormal romance the best. Find out more at ElisabethStaab.com.
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