First, a huge thank-you to Magaly for having me. I have an urban fantasy hangout to thank for bringing us together for how many years? It sure doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. :-)
StellarCon was the first convention where I wasn’t assigned a vampire panel. Not that I have anything against vampires, but I don’t write them. There’s a brief mention of one in the last chapter in Stripped, but that’s about it. Still, that doesn’t stop someone from saying, “But you write paranormal, and you don’t write vampires?”
No. I write anything else but. Why write about vampires when there are so many authors who are already doing a great job at it. They don’t need my lopsided, long-tooth stories added to them. And trust me I’ve tried. It’s like Justine Bieber trying to belt it out like Pavarotti. Writing vampires is just not happening for me.
There are so many creatures left unexplored. I thought it was great when Rachel Vincent decided to write YA she wrote about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee) and not a vampire, a dhampir, or a vampire hunter. She also didn’t go the I-see-ghosts route either. Again, not a bad trope, but I preferred to use the sixth sense in a different way. A telekinetic way. And since I wasn’t happy with keeping it simple, I added schizophrenia into the mix and made both hereditary. You don’t get one without getting the other in Bittersweet.
So far, I have a werewolf hybrid, an invisible college student, hags, a modern-day Frankenstein, and a dozen or so doppelgangers. With the creature factory I have going on, it’s really hard to keep up with the trends and I don’t care to. I like exploring new things and twisting the old.
When I started reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s The Laughing Corpse, I had no idea what a necromancer was or what they did. Wow was that a learning experience. Plus, it hooked me to the point that read everything she had written. I was so depressed when I found out it would be a while before Obsidian Butterfly was released, I decided to write my own story. That started me on my current path and taught me to think outside the box. That’s what I call an impact.
If you can find the right monster, they can change what you choose to read and/or write. They’ll make you want more and you won’t care if it’s the umpteenth vampire or your first shapeshifting arachnid.
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