We’re pleased to welcome Kelly Meade on the blog for the release of Black Rook, the first book in her new PNR series. For that we asked her how she ended up writing PNR novels and the difference she had to make in regard of her UF series under her Kelly Meding name.
ONE’S NOT SO DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER
Thank you so much for hosting me today at Between Dreams and Reality. I’m so pleased to be here talking about writing paranormal romance for the first time.
I’m primarily known for my two urban fantasy series written as Kelly Meding. While there is certainly romance in my other series, romance isn’t necessarily the focus. However, I enjoyed the romantic relationships I wrote in those books, and I decided I wanted to take on the challenge of writing a paranormal romance series.
As a fan of romance (contemporary, historical, paranormal), I knew some of the expectations. I also knew what I liked in terms of how a series is tied together: brothers. Be it brothers related by blood (KGI by Maya Banks) or by choice (Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter). When I made the decision to write a paranormal romance series, I knew that the thing tying these books together would be brothers as the heroes. I also made the conscious choice to write an enclosed trilogy with a solid ending. I didn’t want my readers to take another chance on not seeing one of my series come to a conclusion.
In terms of differences between writing paranormal romance and UF, the main one is the most obvious: the romance between the hero and heroine is the primary focus of the story. As an UF author, I had to find a balance between the plot and world-building, and in giving my main couple a solid romance that resonates with readers.
The other big difference was point-of-view. In UF, I write a single first-person POV for each book, so I’m in one character’s head for the entire novel. And except for one, all were female POV’s. The challenge of writing BLACK ROOK was sharing Brynn’s POV (the heroine) with Rook’s (the hero), and I gave myself a double-whammy by adding in a second male POV (Knight is the only character with a POV in all three books).
But in terms of the thing I love the most about writing—world-building and putting my own spin on familiar tropes—this series has in spades. I really enjoyed creating a breed of wolf shifters who are a little bit different from the standard, but who are still the badass heroes you want to see sweep the heroine off her feet.
What’s your favorite thing about paranormal romance? Or are you more of an UF reader at heart?
Black Rook, Cornerstone Run Trilogy #1
Available July 15th from Intermix
She never saw this coming… Brynn Atwood is a low-level Magus whose unpredictable precognitive powers have made her an outcast among her people—and an embarrassment to her highly-regarded father. After a frightening vision in which her father is murdered by a loup garou man, Brynn decides to prove herself by finding the killer, and stopping them at any cost.
Her target is Rook McQueen, the son of a small-town loup garou Alpha. Despite being the youngest of three, Rook is first in line to inherit the role of Alpha, a duty he isn’t sure he’s capable of fulfilling. When Brynn finally meets Rook, she doesn’t expect the attraction that draws her to him—and him to her.
No longer believing him a murderer, Brynn and Rook strike an alliance to find her father’s real killer. But when his older brother is targeted by an unknown enemy, Rook will have to choose between his growing feelings for Brynn and his duty as the future Alpha of his community.
Cornerstone Run Trilogy:
Black Rook: July 15, 2014 – http://amzn.com/B00I8R61LY
Gray Bishop: October 21, 2014 – http://amzn.com/B00I8RB1WS