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Moonlight (The Television Show, Vampires & Paranormal Romance
By Cara Bristol
I’d read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, but never gave much thought to vampires until Moonlight appeared on television.
Alex O’Loughlin played Mick St. John, a vampire who worked nights (for obvious reasons) as a private investigator. He’d made it his mission to watch over internet news reporter Beth Turner, played by Sophia Myles. They had chemistry up the yin yang.
Something about Mick’s power (super strength, exceptional speed, immortality) combined with his vulnerability (his angst at having been turned, his need to feed and his near-miss encounters with death) grabbed me by the throat and hooked me. I never missed an episode. It was a sad, sad day when CBS cancelled the show.
A vampire hero embodies the very traits that make a contemporary or paranormal hero appealing: a strong alpha male who has a soft spot. The contrast of strength with weakness seduces me every time.
Once I got hooked on vampires, I started reading other paranormal books. Some I like; some I don’t care for so much. I prefer paranormals in which the characters are more humanlike such as vampires or psychics to non-humans such as elves, fairies, extra-terrestrials or shape-shifters.
It was only matter of time before I was compelled to write my own vampire story. A Scent of Longing, my first foray in the vampire paranormal world, is an erotic romance under contract with Decadent Publishing. A young woman, betrayed and turned by her vampire lover, longs for everything she’s lost as a human. She seeks companionship through Madame Eve’s 1 Night Stand matchmaking service.
What I discovered in writing A Scent of Longing was the tremendous freedom and creativity the paranormal genre gives to the author. You’re not limited to what is “possible” – the genre opens up entirely new possibilities, making it so much fun to write.
I’m now working on a second paranormal, this one a reincarnation story.
My question for readers is this: what kinds of paranormal stories do you enjoy and why?
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