Please welcome Mandy Harbin
First, I want to thank Laurie for letting me invade her blog today. She was the first blogger who contacted me and said she just had to interview me after reading the first book in my Woods Family Series, SURROUNDED BY WOODS. So ending my tour on the last book in the series at her site is bittersweet, but totally fitting.
It’s been almost two years since the first book was released, which is really hard for me to believe. It was the first book I’d ever published, and I’ve learned a lot since then. I’ve also accomplished so much during the past two years as well. I just signed a contract on the 14th book that I’ll be publishing and have achieved PAN status with the Romance Writers Association. I’m not making Maya Banks’ kind of money, but I’m at a place in my life where writing isn’t just a hobby any more. And I love that!
I often get asked why I write paranormal romance, and the answer is simple. Because it’s awesome! There’s nothing like reading a book and not knowing just what the hero can do, or the heroine… hell, even the villain for that matter. When reading contemporary romances, the characters have limitations imposed on them, so that element of surprise is missing. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading all kinds of romance, but there’s just something about paranormal romance that satisfies everything this reader needs in a well-crafted story.
Unfortunately, some people in the romance industry might disagree with me on that. I went to a conference a few weeks ago and couple of the editors there—from major romance publishers—said they’d felt paranormal was on its way out and contemporary was the hot new thing. *sigh* Just because women snatched up copies of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in record numbers doesn’t mean that that’s all we want to read (BTW, I haven’t read that trilogy… I might be the only women left who hasn’t). The way I see it, fads come and go. Sure, contemporary might be hot right now, but that doesn’t mean we need to neglect our shape-shifting, vampire, angel, witch, and demon characters we love, too. My iPad can store a bunch of books and doesn’t care which genre they’re in.
So let’s keep our love for the paranormal genre alive. When Fifty Shades fades into the darkness, they’ll be a hot demon lover lurking to take its place.
In the meantime, if you haven’t tried my paranormal series, you can get book one, SURROUNDED BY WOODS, for free right now on Amazon and B&N! If you have any doubt about downloading it, just go read Laurie’s review on it. ;-)
You can also enter to win a $100 gift card to Amazon or B&N by entering here:
Thanks again for letting me ramble on today. Oh, and just because SURROUNDED BY SECRETS is the last Woods Family book, doesn’t mean it’ll be last you hear from this world. *wink, wink*