This leads on from my love of the Otherworld series discussed in the previous post. Once my eyes had been opened to the possibilities of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, I was absolutely hooked.
I love the combination of the normal and the paranormal. I love stories about ordinary people with a twist of magic. Sometimes the effort of going into a completely fantasy world is more than I want to make, and in those moments Paranormal novels are brilliant. They satisfy my need to indulge in the fantastical, while requiring less concentration and commitment than a full blown fantasy.
I also like how broad the Paranormal genre is. Some are erotic or romantic, while others are frightening, bordering on horror. I like ones that combine elements of many genres, fusing elements in new and unusual combinations.
Sometimes they feature ghosts, vampires and other fantastical creatures. Sometimes they’re a bit more abstract than that – like Mara Dyer, who has supernatural powers, but is entirely human. I love the massive catalogue of mythology that can be drawn on to influence the stories, the characters and the writing.
I do enjoy contemporary stories, and I love fantasy and science fiction worlds. But when I want some pure escapist pleasure, I usually reach for something Paranormal.