How this paranormal author started writing contemporaries
When I first started writing, way back when in high school, I wrote about aliens. Specifically, aliens who possessed a teenage girl’s radio pretending to be the ghost of her dead boyfriend.
Now, without getting into all the things that were wrong with that (and all the things that were WAY COOL), it does illustrate the place from which my imagination was born. I’ve always written paranormal, or horror, or some form of supernatural. I’ve had vampires in my books, immortal warrior dudes with commitment issues, ballerina spies with metal and gears for legs, and werewolves involved in satanic rituals. The crazy list goes on.
So why did I suddenly decide to write a contemporary romance about two people starting their own tech companies at an industry convention in Antigua?
Well, the truth is, all the stories I’ve written have one thing in common besides the paranormal aspect: they challenged me in some way. One book I told in first person point of view because I’d never done it before; another book I wrote because I wanted to turn the trope upside down and make the heroine the vampire instead of the hero. I wanted to challenge myself to write a zombie book that could also be sexy. I wanted to challenge myself to write a series.
With IN BED WITH THE COMPETITION the challenge was to write a full length contemporary romance. I’d written short contemporaries before but not a full length book, and I always thought I would need serial killers, or bombs, or something abnormal to make a story about two regular people interesting enough to keep readers with me until the end.
But the truth is…I really liked it.
And now I’m writing another one. I bet you want to know what the challenge is going to be for the next book, don’t you? *grin*
JK Coi (www.jkcoi.com) is a multi-published, award winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance and urban fantasy, who loves writing dark, tortured characters that leap off the page and into readers hearts. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
This rivalry is too hot for the tropics…
Elizabeth Carlson and Ben Harrison used to be friends, coworkers...and almost lovers. But that was before Ben proposed mixing business with pleasure. Elizabeth refuses to lose her heart to a hotshot tycoon with a cutthroat, take-no-prisoners attitude. Not with the prospect of starting her own
Driven to succeed in all areas of his life, Ben couldn’t resist the temptation to make Liz his. But then she walked away, igniting a bitter rivalry. Competing for the same contract at a Caribbean conference ignites sparks too hot to ignore, and Ben’s determined to finish what they started, even if it’ll only last a few steamy, tropical nights.
Elizabeth’s resolve begins to crumble under Ben’s blatant seduction. Can she walk away from a hot island fling with the sexiest man she’s ever known with her heart intact, or will losing herself in Ben destroy everything she’s fought to achieve?
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Sounds like lots of fun! Can't wait to read it!
I love how J.K. switches genres for a challenge. I wrote my YA Steampunk for the same reason - and that MG sf idea refuses to go away completely!
How about you - do you have ideas for different genres knocking at your skull trying to get out?