Maybe. It's hard to say exactly why I like some things. Cats. They just so independent and fluffy. Chocolate. Was born with it running through my veins. Skulls on clothing. I don't know, I just like 'em. They're cute. Vampires? Depends on my mood.
If I'm not in the mood to write vampires, I can switch to a big furry werewolf, or maybe a fluttery faery. But I rarely write 'normal' characters, that is, a person who does not have a paranormal bent to them. Don't get me wrong, we normal kind of folk are all it. I mean, I'm pretty sure we are all it, too. Because I don't expect a vampire to jump out of the shadows and lunge at me with his fangs any time soon. (At least, not on this planet). But I like playing with the fantasy of those creatures. They have something more.
It's interesting to write a story that may read like your average romance, with a love interest, trials, tribulations, emotions, all the feelz—and yet, one of the main characters just happens to need hot human blood for survival. How to bring that one up on the first date? Or what about that urge to grow fur and go on a romp in the forest every full moon? Honey, do you have the extra thick and furry shampoo?
These creatures add a fun dynamic to the story for me. Because I think I tend to write fairly normal stories, it's just that maybe the hero accidentally bit the heroine who happens to be an angel, and you know what happens when vamps drink angel blood? (Ka-blooey!) Heh. And what is it about a man who will live for possible centuries and has to deal with the moral aspects of feeding off of live humans to sustain his own life? Kind of moves the story beyond a simple boy meets girl. It's fun to play what-ifs with these characters. I have complete control over how they function and can give grave consequences should they not follow my rules. I am the master!
Whew. So I'll keep on doing it. Because someone has to write about them. They'd feel bad if they were left out. ;-)
My latest book is about vampire hunters and witches, THE VAMPIRE HUNTER. And guess what? I'm not always thinking of new ways to hide a full-body fur coat from your date. I actually like to write 'normal' people as well. In fact, I'm writing erotic romance under the pseudonym, Michele Renae, and currently WINDOW is available, book #1 in the Paris Secrets trilogy. No fangs in that one, but there is a very sexy Frenchman who likes to stand naked before his bedroom window. Hubba. ;-)
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