Today I have the honor of bringing to you paranormal romance author Lydia Dare. Lydia is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. Their current release, The Wolf Who Loved Me features paranormal creatures in a Regency England setting. (My review HERE) Together they are working on the next book in their paranormal historical series titled, Wolfishly Yours, set to release in November 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.lydiadare.com/.
Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of The Wolf Who Loved Me.
Please help me welcome Tammy and Jodie toThat’s What I’m Talking About.
Webster’s dictionary defines “paranormal” as “not scientifically explainable.” Paranormal romance takes it a step further and is defined by Wikipedia as “A type of speculative fiction; paranormal romance focuses on romance and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, or horror.”
We happen to like things that are not scientifically explainable. We like to write about men who are led by the waxing and waning of the moon. And ladies who have supernatural powers like the Coig witches. We like blending traits of animals with the traits of men. And giving women powers above those of physical strength and intellectual strength, which are often found in a typical novel heroine.
But even more than the melding of man with beast, or woman with magic, is the building of a world readers can believe in. It’s fun to set up your own parameters for your world, and then make it believable enough that a character can survive in it. Do your paranormal characters live forever? Do they walk in the sun? Do they shift into wolf form at will, or only the night of the full moon? Do your ladies kick ass with lightning bolts and extra-human strength? Do they read minds or heal wounds? How are they affected by falling in love? Do they share the same traits that human heroes and heroines have?
World building is the best part of writing paranormal romance – building a world people can believe in and characters that can support that world and thrive in it. Hopefully, readers can unfold the pieces of the world like turning pages in a book as they learn about your characters, their abilities, and how best these characters can survive in the world you’ve created.
We also like taking some of the power of a typical hero or heroine and removing it by ruling them with forces that cannot be explained. Then leading those characters to fall in love.
Aside from that, the part we enjoy the most is that we get paid to build these worlds and make supernatural being s fall in love, despite their reservations or backgrounds.
Do you get paid to do something you love like we do?
Jodie and Tammy, once again thank you so much for taking the time to tell my readers a little bit about yourselves and your writing.
You can find Jodie and Tammy as Lydia Dare on line at
GIVEAWAY: I have two (2) copies (two winners) of The Wolf Who Loved Me to giveaway here at That’s What I’m Talking About. Thank you to Sourcebooks for sponsoring the giveaway of Lydia Dare’s latest book. To enter, please leave a comment answering Jodie and Tammy’s question. If your email is not part of your profile, please leave it as well. Winners restricted to US and Canada mailing addresses. Contest open from April 23 until April 25, 2012 at 9:00 PM EDT. Two (2) winners will be selected from the comment entries using random.org.
THE WOLF WHO LOVED ME BY Lydia Dare
(Sourcebooks, April 2012)
Regency England Has Gone to the Wolves!
Lady Madeline Hayburn Has Money Problems…
Specifically, she has so much of it that she’s dogged by fortune hunters, including her bewilderingly attractive, penniless neighbor, with his wild nature and uncouth manners…
Weston Hadley Has An Identity Crisis…
Specifically, he’s just turned into a wolf while Madeline was watching. Now it’s up to the regal lady to tame the wild beast… if she can…