Here is my author interview with the talented Nadine Mutas for The Paranormal Romance Book Ball Event. Today we will be highlighting her book Blood, Pain, and Pleasure so make sure to grab your copy if you have yet to do so.
Is paranormal romance one of your favorite genres to read and why yes or no?
PNR is my all-time favorite genre. I came to it relatively late–didn’t start reading it until about four years ago–but after I’d finished the first one, I remember thinking, “Where have you BEEN all my life??” It combines all the elements I love in a good story: romance, supernatural creatures, great worldbuilding with fantastic elements and oftentimes a rich mythology I can sink my mental teeth into.
How many books do you currently have on the market that have some form of PNR in them and please give titles if you would like?
I have one full-length novel and one novella in the same series published. The novel is Blood, Pain, and Pleasure, and the novella is called Blood and Shadows. Both feature demon heroes and witch heroines, which echoes the premise of the series, a kind of enemies-to-lovers setup. Both demons and witches are endowed with magic–though the forms and power differ–and they are natural-born enemies in my world. But things are shifting, the tides are changing, and my characters need to navigate plots that turn their world views upside down–while they find themselves falling for the enemy.
When it comes to reading and writing do you prefer standalone books or series and why for your answer?
For both reading and writing, I love series. As a reader, when I like a book and its worldbuilding, I want to stay, or rather, revisit, and knowing there will be more books in the same world and that side characters I’ve to know and love in previous books will get their own books–that’s the best. And as a writer, I just love being able to explore and expand on a world I’ve built, and to give other beloved side characters a chance at their happily ever after, too. It would be too sad to never be able to go back and give them all their story!
Do you believe that any type of paranormal beings really exist such as vampires, ghosts etc. and if so what ones?
I do think there’s more to our “ordinary” world than meets the eye. I definitely believe there are things like ghosts and spirits, and maybe even curses. Language and intent hold power, and I do think that if someone speaks about someone else with ill will, it has energetic repercussions.
What made you decide to write in the paranormal romance genre?
This comes back to what I mentioned above, that the genre combines everything I love. When I’d finished my first full-length novel–which seemed to have come out of nowhere, as I hadn’t written in years–I didn’t know much about genres yet, so I researched where it would best fit if I wanted to publish. That’s when I noticed it was most likely PNR, and how I discovered the genre. I fell in love with PNR hard and fast after that.
What do you think makes the paranormal genre stand out from other genres and why would you recommend readers give it a try?
PNR is often compared to Urban Fantasy, and both genres share a lot of similarities, but what makes the important difference between them is the central focus on the building love story between hero and heroine in PNR. You have the same amazing wordlbuilding in PNR that you get in UF, but on top of that, you get a guaranteed HEA for the protagonists, and that’s food for the soul and heart. I do enjoy reading UF every once in a while (Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs are favorites), but I always return to PNR for that ultimate dose of happiness and love.
If you could co-write a PNR book with any author who would you choose and why?
Nalini Singh! Although, it would probably not be co-writing, as I’d end up just fangirling over her shoulder and being stunned by the rich imagination of her mind. I want to clone her brain, she’s so awesome.
Being that you like PNR do you prefer the books to be modest or a bit more on the sultry side when reading or writing in this genre?
Give me all the steam you’ve got. The hotter the better. I write spicy, and I like to read it, too. I was actually recently baffled when I read a book that featured a “behind closed doors” love scene. The hero carried the heroine into the bedroom and that was it, the next scene took place after the fact. I admit, I felt cheated. LOL
What is your favorite thing about being an author in general?
Being able to work with my imagination and bring to life all those stories in my head–and then seeing other people enjoying those stories. Knowing that what I created touched someone else’s life positively is the best feeling. When a reader tells me they stayed up way into the night to finish my book, it humbles me.
Do you have any favorite paranormal TV shows or movies that you enjoy watching?
I love Vampire Diaries (Damon!), I was a die-hard Buffy fan, loved True Blood until the fourth season, and I generally geek out about major movies like Star Wars (more Sci-Fi, of course, but too great not to mention), Lord of the Rings, oh and not to forget Interview With A Vampire. That one started my love of fanged heartthrobs.