Marie's launch day post is certainly a tough act to follow, but reading what she wrote made me examine just why it is that I write paranormal romance. After some serious thought, I've come to realize that, while I've done plenty of other things to satisfy my need to create, writing seems to fit the bill better than anything else. It gives me a chance to share my imagination with others, and writing paranormals gives me the best opportunity to use that imagination. I dearly love dreaming up new worlds, new creatures, new names, new characters, and new gadgets! Fortunately, since this is fiction, I don't have to explain how things work!
Another thing I enjoy is writing about a strong heroine. I think all of us are somewhat envious of strong female characters. They're always intelligent, always in great shape, always beautiful, and always capable of holding their own with the guys. So far, my heroines in the Cat Star Chronicles series have been women who are independent and successful in their own right, and the fact that they all wind up falling for Zetithian males who, essentially, have nothing to offer other than themselves is what makes this series so fascinating to me. These men have no money, no property, and, in most cases, are considered property themselves, yet they are each talented in their own way, and are no less masculine, no less attractive, and no less heroic than they would be if they were wealthy or powerful.
Tisana, my heroine in Warrior, is a healer and a very powerful witch who falls in love with Leo, a slave who can't even give her himself, since he is owned by another. He can only give her his love, which makes for some very sad moments. This book has a more serious tone than Slave, but there's still plenty of fun, and, of course, a healthy dose of sizzling romance! Where would we be without it? Tales of adventure and mystery are great, but without the added spice of romance, I'm left feeling short-changed. Catching the bad guy or finding the treasure are great goals, but all the treasure in the world can't buy true love, and isn't that what we all really want?