It may be the day after Halloween, but fans of paranormal romance know that creatures of the night can always be found in the right book. Today author Caridad Piñeiro is celebrating the release of the second book in her new paranormal romantic suspense series, Stronger than Sin, and she’s stopping by the Book Case to talk about the appeal of the genre—and sponsor a Monday contest! Read on for your chance to win a T-shirt and copies of Sins of the Flesh and Stronger than Sin.
Vampires and werewolves and demons, oh my!
Guest post by Caridad Piñeiro
As a writer of paranormal stories, the Halloween season is a great time for me! Creatures that go bump in the night abound, especially vampires and werewolves and demons and I love nothing more than a good paranormal story because stories with such creatures are fascinating on so many levels.
Paranormal novels often feature battles of good versus evil and of human versus demon. Because of that, such stories often involve life and death choices. As a reader and writer, I love experiencing those emotional highs and lows as characters make difficult decisions during those high stakes scenarios.
I also love something else about paranormal stories – exploring whether the monsters are really the humans or the demons. Many times the surprising answer is that the actions of the humans are much more inhumane than those of the demons they seek to control or destroy. When crafting the SINS series, that inhumanity was a recurring theme for me because I wanted readers to think about what makes us human while also enjoying an action-packed read. Oftentimes readers responded to me by saying that the scientists and mercenaries in the first story, Sins of the Flesh, were much scarier than the genetically engineered heroine.
Another thing that I appreciate, and which I believe readers respond to on a gut level, is exploring real life issues through the context of a paranormal story. For example, in Stronger Than Sin I have a heroine who has suffered from domestic abuse and the “monster” in the story is a genetically engineered ex-football player prone to episodes of violence. By having the heroine have to confront her fear, I hope readers will be inspired to believe that they, too, can confront their fears.
Finally, paranormals lend themselves to stories which are darker and edgier because of those high stakes issues and because we seem to be willing to accept that demons – and the humans who associate with them – are somehow free of observing the rules of “civilized” society. Because of that, paranormal writers can push the envelope when it comes to the behavior in which their characters engage.
Even though Halloween is over, there is no reason why you have to put away the creatures of the night. Just pick up a paranormal and keep the spirit alive!
Thanks, Caridad! To be entered to win a prize package that includes a t-shirt and copies of Stronger than Sin and Sins of the Flesh, leave a comment telling us about your favorite paranormal series.