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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shades of Martin Sharlow

. Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Meta Modo grrrls, please welcome author Martin Sharlow, who is here to talk to us about the difference between paranormal romance and paranormal fantasy romance!
Martin Sharlow:


Tainted Blood (The Fallen book 2)First I want to thank you for having me here, I appreciate having the chance to speak to your readers.
I want to talk about paranormal romance, and what I like to call paranormal fantasy romance. I'm not sure if that's an official title or anything for any genres these days. But that's what I like to use to differentiate between the two types. Paranormal romance, in my opinion, falls within say the Twilight series, and The Vampire Diaries. While paranormal fantasy romance though very similar has more fantasy in it, say like True Blood TV series. Unfortunately I've never read the Sookie Stackhouse series so I can't really comment on the books. But I have watched the TV series, which is one of my favorites. I do watch Vampire Diaries as well.

Shades of TwilightBut if you look at the two, you will notice that there are distinct differences. In True Blood, you will find not only werewolves, but fairies and other fantasy mystical creatures and situations. I like to think that my series Shades of Twilight and Shades of Blood, fall more in the romance fantasy area. Mostly because I like to extend my world further than just the norm. I want it to be open and growing, even though at the same time I try my best to put my characters in the real world.

So it's kind of a quandary. I want them in reality, yet I want explore themes of fantasy as well. After all, vampires and werewolves are things of fantasy. Especially when it's involving paranormal romance and not horror. Usually at least earlier in our history, vampires and werewolves were primarily used as monsters to scare people, and in the books and later the movies we see them mostly used to kill people. Today however, thanks to paranormal romance, we see those same monsters as people with needs and personalities beyond being some sort of monster. I think it shows how our perceptions of grown over time.

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)This is why I say paranormal romance actually is paranormal fantasy romance. So at least you will see more fantasy aspect in my books. At least I hope so. I think part of the problem for me, is that I grew up in straight pure fantasy. One of the first books I ever read was Lord of the Rings. That really shaped my thought process when it came to writing fantasy, and then it has also affected me as I write paranormal romance. I'm just glad that series like Sookie Stackhouse came along. It produced a lot more freedom for writers like me. So if you like to have a little fantasy mixed in with your paranormal romance, then I would say my books may be up your alley.

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Thanks Martin. I've never thought of breaking the sub genres out like that ,but I agree with your definitions and the major differences between the two. Very cool having you here. Thank for stopping by. :)

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Jocelyn Modo

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