According to perennial optimist Keri Stevens, "Leap! . . . and love will catch you." She writes contemporary, paranormal romantic fiction, and loves talking with other readers and writers. Her novel excerpt from Stone Kissed placed first in the first-round judging of the Wisconsin RWA's Fab Five contest. Visit her at http://www.keristevens.blogspot.com.
Am I paranormal enough?In my work-in-progress, my heroine talks to statues, and they talk back. Her nemesis (a distant cousin) is a succubus who, ahem, loves her men to death. As descendants of a family of witches and weird women in a small town, the neighbors aren't too surprised by their powers--but the rest of the world is your normal, garden-variety every-day universe. My heroine is as normal as a girl can be when she's spent most of her life half-convinced that she is insane. My hero has a hint of power of his own--but just a hint!I love my story and am having a blast writing (and revising) it. But the paranormals I read go much, much further afield from "normative" reality: Ferocious warrior women with martial arts skills to rival any CGI character take on zombie gargoyles in a post-apocalyptic universe in which the heroes (and all of their happy parts) are much larger than life. Even the comedic novels layer in multiple paranormal elements: The witches ride Harleys with talking dogs (love that book, Angie Fox!), the vamps, weres and zombies (they are cropping up everywhere!) compete on Family Feud against cyborgs from the future.So what about you? What do you like? Do you like your paranormal universe tightly regulated, as if it could be real? Or are you more of a free-and-easy, anything-goes, give-me-all-the-fantasy-I-can-handle kind of reader?(And don't worry--no right or wrong answers here! I'm too close to the finish line on this book to substantively change it. But. . . who knows what I might do with the next one?)