I just looked up the word “paranormal” in the giant Random House dictionary I’ve had forever. To my surprise, it’s not there. The dictionary’s copyright date is 1983, so I guess the word wasn’t part of the lexicon back then. Things have changed, especially in romance novels. Paranormal has never been more popular.
“Para” means “beyond.” Beyond normal. I like that. I’m pretty normal in my everyday life, and I didn’t really recognize any particular paranormal traits in myself until I wrote my first romance novel, Nicholas, The Lords of Satyr. I wrote it because I had read romances forever, and because I had an idea. But it was an idea outside of the normal realm of romances I was comfortable reading. My idea was about men who are satyrs -- the carnal followers of Bacchus in Roman mythology -- who own a vineyard in 1800s Tuscany, where they guard ancient secrets and engage in rituals that secure their heritage.
This idea was “beyond normal.” It was erotic and it unexpectedly rushed from my brain to my fingers and on to paper. When it was finished, I let my bf, and only my bf, read it. She pronounced it kinky and urged me to submit it to a publisher. When it was published by Kensington, along with three more in the series, my family was supportive, but confused. Why was their normal daughter/sister writing erotic historical paranormal romance? I’d gotten out of the box they’d grown used to seeing me in.
My mom was delighted when one of my book covers (Dominic) was featured on The Today Show in an interesting video about the current boom in romance novel sales. See it at:
For my mom, the world had now righted itself. After all, if my work was on a show she watched religiously, I must be just as normal as she’d hoped after all!
How about you? If you had to check a box that you’re “normal” or “paranormal” in your everyday, work, or dating life -- which would you check and why? The same in all three? Is there any one thing about your personality that’s paranormal? If you’re pretty average/normal in other respects, do you read paranormal? Why do you think that is? Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll leave a comment. Lynda will choose someone to win a copy of my fourth novel, Dominic, The Lords of Satyr! Visit http://www.elizabethamber.com/ to read excerpts of my erotic historical paranormal romances.
~ Elizabeth AmberNicholas
Raine Lyon Dominic : The Lords of Satyr series
Coming soon: Daneerotic historical paranormal romance
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