Guest Blogger: Devyn Quinn
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Well, the answer to that is I happen to like the idea of things that go bump in the night. I like the idea of inhuman beasts lurking in the shadows of the night, of an alternate reality entwined around our own world where the witches and sorceress run amok and create havoc. In my mind, being something like that would be totally cool, and certainly much less boring that my own day-to-day reality. Also, I don’t function well in daylight -- that and the exposure to the sun makes me red as a beet without benefit of tanning.
When I think of the paranormal, I automatically think of its kissing cousin, the occult. In some people’s minds this definitely conjures images of dark and dangerous things, like demons. That is a part of my writing, too, and many of my books touch on the troubles and trials that dabbling in such a realm can bring to the unwitting and unwary. Many of my ideas are inspired by Judeo-Christian beliefs, which I take and bend to give my own special fictional twist.
I can’t exactly pin down why the paranormal (and the occult) fascinates me, except that I have always been of a dark mind to begin with. Even on the brightest day I’m thinking of the thing that’s possibly lurking around the corner, ready to snatch a person right off their feet and pull them through some dimensional rift into another world. And while there are a lot of creatures out there, the one that’s always got my creative juices to flowing is the vampire. What can I say? I love ‘em, undead or or alive, fanged or not.
Ok, I’m going to come right out and admit I am a fan girl geek when it comes to big hunky male vampires who love putting their sexy bite on women. I dunno what it is, except that the idea of being swept off my feet and bitten by Dracula doesn’t sound half bad. There’s something terribly erotic in the idea of sacrificing blood to satisfy the hunger of an otherworld lover even as he, uh, does you in all the right ways (that’s part of the reason I write erotic romance with so many types of vampires. I’ve done everything from the classic undead to the succubus to alien shifter vamps). To me it’s sexy, it’s sensual and I wish these characters would show up at my house sooner than later.
To that end, I enjoy writing in the genre I’ve personally tagged goth-erotica. This self-created genre is my own mix of Goth and erotic elements I find particularly appealing as a subject and something I want to write about. In the fictional universes I’ve created, paranormal cultic universes do exist, evil is alive, it’s well and its legions are about to kick our little human tails all over the place . . . unless someone steps up to the bat and plays hero. In my books the hero or heroine is usually an average person tossed right into the center of the fight without the slightest idea of how to go about fighting. They just know they gotta pick up some weapons and start doing some serious slaying or the baddies are going to win.
To that end, I’m inviting readers into my world. Today, Paranormality is hosting a drawing for an autographed copy of my book, Sins of the Night. Here’s a little blurb:
Little does he know that his thirst for justice will turn on him.
Foiling an attempted rape, Adrien is stunned by his attraction to the would-be victim. Cassie Wilson is a vibrant woman, obsessed with living for every moment. Though he knows better, Adrien begins to fall in love with her. But Cassie hides a terrible secret: her cancer is incurable.
When he and Cassie are captured by his enemies, Adrien is given a choice. Should he choose death for himself, or life for Cassie by making her one of the clan he's shunned for too long?