Friday, February 24, 2012

Author Rachel Firasek on Why She Writes Paranormal Romance

Welcome fellow Entangled author 
Rachel Firasek!
See below for Rachel's giveaway!
Now, take it away, Rachel...

Why I Write Paranormal Romance

I remember reading romance novels in high school, tucking them in the seams of my chemistry book in the hopes that everyone would think I was studying and not losing myself in the throes of someone else’s passion. The novels back then were riddled with Pirates, Indians, and hard bodied Sheriffs. Yes, I was snatching my mother’s historicals and plundering the pages, feeding my young mind fantasy and romance.

I wrote my first short story in high school. It was a historical-fantasy set in the times of Rapunzel and unicorns. My hero was a dashing knight that fought the evil army for the hand of his fair maiden. The fire-breathing dragon then ate said hero. My teacher said she wasn’t quite sure how I thought this was a romance. I told her that romances could be tragedies-Romeo and Juliet. She laughed and gave me an A.

Years passed and I didn’t write. I grew a family and worked on my career. In 2008, my husband took a position as a civilian contractor in Kuwait. It was hard but we survived. In the meantime, I was still reading, but I had progressed from the western historical of the late 80’s and 90’s to contemporaries. This wasn’t quite the genre for me at this time. I needed to escape from reality and contemporaries were too close to home. 

So, I found Lyndsay Sands. Her vampire series was light, funny and so different from anything that I’d ever read. She made me laugh and brought me out of the depressing mood of missing my hubby. This style let me forget how stressful my days were and allowed me to laugh when my husband wasn’t there to make me smile.

I devoured her series, then moved on to Laurell K. Hamilton, such a different kind of read and not necessarily a romance, although there are some romantic elements in the series. Her book spoke to me in ways that I can’t explain, but I’ll try. They were dark and twisted. The bad guy wasn’t always bad and the good guy didn’t always get the girl. This was just what I needed to pull me away from that place in my heart that wanted to scream at my husband, “What are we doing this for?” 

It gave me an outlet for the pain. I loved them. So, I began writing.

In my opinion, this is why so many readers love the paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy genre. We can escape our realities, however bad they are at the time, and lose ourself in a completely made up world with its own set of rules.

Those stories gave me hope that someone would like my twisted sense of humor and ideas. I write dark Urban Fantasies with hardcore heroines that just want to find the light, kind of like me--or at least the woman I strive to be.

Paranormal opened up a world of make believe to readers across the world. It’s a huge genre now, and from the industry news, it’s not going anywhere. I’m glad, because neither am I.

What is it about the paranormal world that draws you in?
One commenter who leaves their email address in their comment will win their choice of one of the three ebooks in Rachel's series. Open to international. Winner to be chosen by Contest runs through midnight EST Monday 2/27! Good luck!
And Rachel's newest:

Sadie’s days fighting off greedy claim jumpers ended in 1856 when Osiris snatched her from her filthy room and placed her with a trio of phoenixes. After 150 years living a respectable life saving souls, she’s tired of playing by the god’s rules. It’s time the master of manipulation learned her creed: live hard, play for keeps, and never let the enemy see you suffer. 
Osiris never imagined the true queen he’s spent two millennia searching for would be a half-pint redhead with a mouth that makes him blush. She needs a gentle hand to breach her defenses, but living with her and keeping his natural arrogance at a simmer proves a challenge worthy of any champion.

While Osiris teaches her the wisdom needed to rule a world with fairness, the irritating god only intensifies Sadie’s belief in her creed, reinforcing the walls that keep her from happiness. If Osiris can’t win her hardened heart, Sadie’s ascension might threaten the world he’s struggled to create.
Thanks for reading!
Laura & Rachel


Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

Hi Laura and Rachel -

No need to enter me in the contest. I have devoured each of these stories as they came out. I also devoured Laurell K. Hamilton as well.

I can't wait to see what you will bring me next!

Have a great day ladies!

booklover0226 said...

I'm drawn to the paranormal world for the "magical/super-human/extraordinary" abilities the characters have.

I must be living under a rock to have missed this series. It's heading to my must have list.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Laura Kaye said...

Woot! Thanks to Lisa and Tracey for kicking off the comments!

Aaron M. R. said...

Rachel! Loved the dragon eating the knight! Poor dragons get so hungry. I love the paranormal not so much for the escapsim, but more for the fact that it is a different way at looking at this world we live in. Kind of like the social satire of the Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In my own writing, I try to use paranormal worlds to affirm this world's fragile goodness. But then, yeah, the esapism is a ton of fun too! Keep writing and great blog!

mbourn said...

Thanks for the sharing your experiences. I love learning about how and why authors begin and continue writing the stories they write.
I recently discovered paranormal romances and am now finding myself drawn to some. I like the escapism , but I also think that sometimes I feel the need to suspend reality with the "What if it could be like this? " way of thinking.
I also feel that some of the paranormal romances are my "girlie" answers to the comic books that my hubby reads. These are my superheroes, my villains, my lady in need of more. Only I get to invision it instead of have it drawn
for me. And my imagination can add so much more.. :)

Rachel Firasek said...

Lisa, you cutie-patootie. You've been with me since the beginning. I heart you girl!

Tracey, I'm glad you found me. :) I love your reasons for love PR. I dream all the time that I can fly, so I think that'll be in a story some day. :)

Aaron, it's funny how much we can work out in the PR world that can't be discussed in the real world. I like the irony too.

Mel, I love that! I'm an artist first and graphics are great story aides. I love that you visualize them like that. :)

Rachel Firasek said...

Hey, Laura, thank you so much for having me back on your beautiful site. I know some hotties that are getting my love real soon. I can't believe I haven't started this series. Gah! :) I'm glad I'll be able to walk into bookstores soon and snap a pic with me buying your books.

Victoria said...

Hi Laura and Rachel -
I haven't read you yet Rachel but it looks like I will. I think your covers are lovely.
I love Lynsay Sands too. My hubs would get so annoyed with me when I would just start laughing like crazy while reading. But you have to admit she does a fine job. I think my favorite scene was when the cod piece was caught on the tablecloth ;).
Thank you for the informative post.


janesbooks2011 said...

Hi there. LOVE the idea of the hero-knight being eaten by the dragon - I do like unexpected plot twists :-)

I've not read any of yours yet and would love to win one of your books :-)


ame1184 said...

i love paranormal because it's all about things that are completely different than anything i've experienced.
i haven't read any of your books yet, and i'm wondering how i've missed them! the covers are awesome and really draw you in, and your new book sounds like something i'd love to read! i'll have to go find your others now : )
thanks for the doing the interview so i could learn about you and the giveaway!

ame1184 at gmail dot com

Sophia Rose said...

You already noted one of my reasons for liking UF/PNR/SF. I do like a thorough escape that straight fiction does not offer me. I am also intrigued by the creativity that many authors provide in their world building.

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Rachel V said...

I like to take a vacation from my current surroundings by reading different books. My favorites are paranormal I havent had a chance to read your books yet but look forward to reading them.

pefrw at yahoo dot com

Julianne said...

This series has really peaked my interest. The book covers are awesome. I like reading paranormal because it can take me anywhere the author writes about. A faraway place,
interesting people, like vampires and werewolves. I can escape the hum drum and go to the excitement.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

dave94015 said...

Links to Rachel's blog/book site?

Linda said...

I read for escapism & of course the feel food factor (hence romance being my fav reads) & i love the sense of wonder that reading PNR provieds: the magic; the way it captures one's imagination.

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

Like many people, I read to escape. I think the paranormal world draws me in because it's fairytales for adults.

riverinaromantic AT aol DOT com

Joanne said...

The "special abilities" the characters have, the fact that anything can happen and usually does, the unique places that we visit. All these things draw me in to the paranormal books. Thanks for the giveaway.


Lisa Kessler said...

Great blog Rachel!!! :)

I definitely read for escapism... I started with horror, but paranormal romance and urban fantasy give me the added romance angle that I really enjoy...

Lisa :)

Wren said...

dea DOT

I love escapism, and I like your story and the reasons you write, because its the same for me :D

Rhiannon Tala said...

^Appreciate giveaway! Helps those like me on fixed income/SSI {perm/multi disabled: wheelchair/home-bound} who need & enjoy to read, attain books can't normally afford <3
^Tho a voracious reader from an extremely young age, who've always had very eclectic tastes & read whatever interests me...I am a very "Proud Paranormal Romance Addict"!
^Look forward to escape thru following along with twisting adventures, romance & magick of paranormal world created!
^Reading about your books has whet my interest {covers didn't hurt, either} for same reasons listed above, so hoping to Win!

)0( Warmest Blessings )0(

*Paranormal Romance is Magickal*

Rhiannon Tala said...

^Don't know if it's required, or not...but since most others who've left comments did so, will do it now"
^ needz2dream(at)gmail(dot)com

Linda said...

Being able to forget RL for a while, experience another world i´ll never see for myself with shifters, vamps and alpha males *sigh* That´s why i love it.

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Rachel's ebook is...

Rachel V pefrw at yahoo dot com


And thanks to everybody for commenting on Rachel's post!

Viktoria Bruce said...

Oh, I can totally relate. My husband is away a lot! :-(

Loved loved loved this series. Great post!