Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Guest Post by Kristie Cook: Why we need the escape of paranormal romance

Today, we have a guest post by Kristie Cook as part of the VBTC Romancing Your Darkside Book Tour.

She's going to talk to us about why readers need the escape of paranormal romance.

In addition, she's giving away an ebook copy of her paranormal romance novels, Promise and Purpose. No fancy contest requirements, just leave a comment and we'll use to pick a single winner for both books.

Now on to the guest post:

Why We Need the Escape of Paranormal Romance

Paranormal romance has been around for decades, experiencing highs and lows along the way, but the genre seems to have experienced an explosion of interest in recent years. The Twilight Saga may have played a significant role in grabbing readers who had never read the genre before and made them lifelong fans, but there are a number of series and authors who could have played the same part. I think timing has had a huge impact – when and where our world was when Twilight came out and where it still is as readers continue to devour paranormal romances and contemporary fantasies.

With everything going on in our world, from wars, famines and natural disasters to failing economies, job losses and loss of homes, people are living in survival mode. Our minds are constantly running at full-speed, working overtime to ensure our families stay afloat. Problems bombard us from all sides, but solutions are often out of reach or even non-existent. We don’t know what to do but just keep going as best as we can.

We can’t afford the money and/or time to take much-needed vacations, but the need for escape is even greater than ever. So we escape into fiction – books, movies and television. And many are finding that they want their escape to be just that – a removal from the current world, from normal daily stresses and from having to use our brains too much on genres that require intense focus.

With paranormal romance, we get problems that may be somewhat similar but also different than our everyday human ones. We also get main characters who eventually solve those problems, a relief when we can’t solve our own. We swoon over alpha males because we want someone else to take care of us, although we know in the real-world we’d never put up with their arrogance and control. We take the role of the strong, independent heroine who does things we’d never bring ourselves to do in real life. And we lose ourselves in the heat of the passionate moment.

I love writing this genre because I love reading it. All of these elements come together in stories I wish were written, but they’re not, so I write them. I’ve always enjoyed the foundation and rules of our real-world setting combined with the freedom to incorporate the impossible from the fantasy world. And I’m a sucker for romance and the sexual tension and heat that comes along with it.

Some may say paranormal romance is frivolous or a guilty pleasure. But, really, what’s wrong with a little guilty pleasure, especially in our lives today? Escaping to the insanity of a fantasy world helps to maintain our sanity in our own world. After all, at least we’re not dealing with overbearing, control-freak partners, creatures who want to suck our blood or rip out our throats during sex and villains who can wipe out all of humanity in a half-second. It helps to make our own lives more bearable and we can all use every bit of help we can get right now.

What do you think? Have touched on any of the reasons you read paranormal romance? Do you have anything to add? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Thanks, Kristie.

Remember to leave a comment for your chance to win  Promise and Purpose.


Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, with the first two books, Promise and Purpose, available now and the third book, Devotion, coming February 2012. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis, coming October 2011.

Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:

Author's Website & Blog:

Series Website:


Nightly Cafe said...

Wonderful post Kristie and I completely agree with everything you said. It's a great escape.

Thanks for hosting Jeremy :).


Amanda said...

I love reading paranormal books, and although I *have* read Twilight (don't tell anyone), it's not what got me started. I honestly don't know why I'm so fascinated by them, probably a little of everything mentioned in your post. I know I love to read to escape. :-)

dawnmomoffour said...

Awesome post today Kristie. I am one of the ones that didn't read this genre until Twilight and my niece. I'm so glad she got me into it! Look at all the wonderful reading I'd have missed if she didn't!
Thanks for everything.

Nikki said...

Without paranormal romance...or romance novels what would I do? Books have always been an important part of my life. I think a friend of mine said it best when she said "Reading Paranormal Romances doesn't make me weird, it makes me happy!" I so totally agree. Great Post!

Kristie Cook said...

Haha! I love the comments. If it makes you happy, why not? Especially these days. Take what little bit of pleasure we can get. :D

Yes, thank you VERY much, Jeremy, for hosting!

J.A. Beard said...

You're welcome. I'll select the winner tomorrow morning.

So everybody knows, I'll post the winner here, but Kristie will then contact you about the books.

InlovewithTwilight7 said...

If we can't escape through a book then i think we might all go a little crazy. Sometimes i just like to take myself out of the everyday and live through a good book. Thank you for the interview i got a little lost in it as well.

J.A. Beard said...

And the winner is Nikki! Kristie should be contacting you about getting your e-books.

Thanks for stopping by.