By Jody.Wallace On Jan 29 2008, 2:54 pm
Like Gia and other authors who have new releases, sometimes it seems like I’ve been waiting for this day for years. With A SPELL FOR SUSANNAH, releasing today, that’s not entirely inaccurate.
When I started writing fiction with the intent to publish, the paranormal romance genre was dead. Not dead like a vampire, dead like the plants in my container garden three weeks after I planted them (why yes, I have a black thumb). Brown, lifeless, kind of crusty, with scant hints it used to be a green, growing thing. There was a surge of futuristic, time travel and angel romances in the late 80’s and early to mid 90’s, but after that, the well mostly dried. In fantasy, despite the fact Hamilton’s Anita Blake series began in 1993, traditional epics with several huge books apiece dominated the landscape. While these often had romances in them, the books I longed to read—true fantasy romances—were rare birds.
But we all know that changed. First the Feehan (1999ish) and Kenyon (2001ish) vampire dynasties began, slowly changing the face of the romance genre to the paranormal and fantasy laden concoction we know today. Fantasy and science fiction included more and more urban fantasy and cross-genre stories, with the creation of publishers (like Samhain!) and lines expressly suited to that delicious combination.
The end result was that today, you can actually find what I’ve wanted to read all along: fantasy romances where romance is the focus, but the degree of worldbuilding and plot are closer to what you’d find in the fantasy genre. I thrive on the relationship details, the growing intimacy, and, yes, the sex, but I also love a fully realized fantasy setting and a narrative to match. That type of book is what I’ve tried to offer with A SPELL FOR SUSANNAH, based on the fairy tale “The 12 Dancing Princesses”.
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