My Favorite Aspect of Writing Paranormal Romance
When I first started writing, I played around in a lot of different romance subgenres—western, sci-fi, contemporary, paranormal, erotic, military, action/thriller, suspense, even a little bit of fantasy. In many ways, I guess I was experimenting and trying to find that particular blend of genre, voice, and style that really spoke to me.
After a while, I settled on a blend of paranormal and suspense, with a good helping of action/thriller and military added in for spice. But the thing that it seems I’m most known for—at least with my traditionally published series (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team and X-Ops—is the paranormal flavoring I sprinkle throughout my stories.
After a while, I realized that paranormal is my happy place. The biggest reason for that is the freedom it provides. It’s flexible and can be added to any other subgenre—historical vampires, cowboy shifters, mind-reading spies. The possibilities are endless!
By using the paranormal label, I get to create my world and set the rules. Nobody gets to sharpshoot me and tell me I’ve gotten something wrong since it’s my world and I can do what I want. If I want to make a whole SWAT team full of alpha werewolves, I can do that. If I want my werewolves to exist because of a genetic marker instead of an infected bite, that’s cool, too.
Can you tell I’ve always hated being hemmed in and constrained by “the real world?” People will tell you that certain organizations—like the FBI or CIA—can’t do certain things because they don’t have the authority to do it. In the real world, that’s completely true. But slap a paranormal sticker on the cover and all the rules are off. My hero and heroine can do anything I want.
Not that I don’t limit my character’s supernatural abilities. If they were too powerful, there would be no drama. But I can do just enough to keep people guessing, move the story along with creative plot points—yes, a regular bullet can kill a werewolf in my books—without being burdened by old-fashioned thinking (I hate that silver bullet stuff!).
There’s the added plus of getting to create hunkier heroes. All of my male characters exude that animalistic quality that readers love. They’re seriously well-built, they growl, they’re possessive, and they fight like crazy for the women they love. Who wouldn’t fall head over heels for a guy like that?
And in paranormal, I get to let the reader experience their world more vividly by increasing the pleasures of smell, taste, and sight way more than I could otherwise. Being able to smell your mate from across the room and know they’re scared, angry, or aroused is something only the paranormal world can give you.
Wolf Rising - SWAT, #8
Just when he's found The One...he might lose her.
SWAT Officer Jayden Brooks doesn't believe there's a soul mate out there for him—The One. But when he saves high school teacher Selena Rosa from a hostage situation, he knows he's in big trouble. Her scent is irresistible.
Selena finds the big cop irresistible, too. In fact, the buttoned-up teacher gets a little carried away—during a steamy make-out session, she bites him. Turns out, the traumatizing events at the school triggered her werewolf gene. Fangs and claws are appearing and her aggression is out of control. The change is happening, and Selena doesn't understand.
It's going to take everything Brooks has to pull her back from the edge...and ultimately win her heart.
"I don't think I will ever get enough of Paige Tyler's Special Wolf Alpha Team."—Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, 5 Stars
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