Guest Blogger: Caridad Pineiro
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Those two loves didn’t change very much as I grew older, but I found myself also developing an addiction to romance novels so it was only natural that at some point, all those interests would collide and soon I found myself writing paranormal romantic suspense in the form of THE CALLING vampire novels.
What’s so appealing about a mix of paranormal and suspense? For starters, the suspense aspects of the stories can be based on real life issues, such as a possible terrorist attack in DEATH CALLS, or revolve around more supernatural evil doings like in my upcoming March 2009 release, FURY CALLS. In FURY CALLS, both humans and vampires have to deal with the arrival of a truly evil bad guy who is a Kiang Shi – a Chinese vampire.
Which is the perfect segue into what’s so interesting about the paranormal aspects of such cross-genre books – the variety of vampires and demons with which you can populate your stories. I’ve been able to not only feature more traditional European-style vampires, but also the Kiang Shi and a chupacabra (a goat sucker). Future books will integrate different vampires as well as other supernatural beings.
One of the things that I enjoy is setting the stories in real world locales, such as Manhattan. I love showcasing one of my favorite cities by making it the backdrop for the otherworldly stories. It creates a sharp contrast between things that are real and the make-believe of the supernatural world. To really shake things up, I’ll be sending one of my vampires to South Beach in Miami for some naughty nightlife.
In November, I’m taking that concept a step further with my first single title romantic suspense release – SINS OF THE FLESH. I’d like to call it a paranormal because of some unique elements, but it’s really more of a medical/science fiction suspense although it’ll seem paranormal on its face. Why? Because the heroine has superhuman abilities as a result of a radical gene therapy and some evil doings by the biotech company who developed the therapy. The fun part of this story for me is that I was a science major in college and while some of the things may seem a little out there, they are all based on real life scientific principles and medical practices.
Thanks for having me here to talk about my favorite genre – paranormal romantic suspense! I hope you’ll drop by to visit me at www.caridad.com or www.thecallingvampirenovels.com to learn more about me and my books. Also look for my December release, SOLDIER’S SECRET CHILD, a straight romantic suspense from Silhouette.