Paranormal Romance vs Urban Fantasy

So here comes the moment when I let you all know the genre that my book will be (and I know you’re all on the edge of your seat now!). But before I do I’d like to consider two genres that I personally have read a lot of, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Most of you will have heard of paranormal romance – essentially a story with paranormal elements with a romantic storyline. Popular examples can be found here. Now I have to say, I don’t necessarily agree that all of these books have been classified correctly. Some of the books in this list I believe fall under urban fantasy which seems to be a lesser known genre despite the popularity of books within it. If you aren’t familiar with the urban fantasy genre then a summary of it’s differences from paranormal romance can be found here.

So we’ve all heard of books that fall into these genres (and don’t think that you haven’t – come on, who hasn’t heard of Twilight?) and soon(ish) you will have heard of one more! But which one exactly am I writing – supernatural romance or urban fantasy?

Well I’m actually writing an urban fantasy book. I have nothing against paranormal romance however I don’t think I could write the in depth sex scenes which seem to be obligatory in the genre. I feel uncomfortable enough just reading some of those books in public so I don’t think I could look anyone in the eye again if it was actually written by my own hand!

So there you go, first bit of information released. If you’ve never tried a bit of urban fantasy before there are loads of series out there that I’d recommend but one for me that currently stands out above the rest is the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison.

Give it a go – you might just love it. 🙂

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One week in…….

And the question is………………… have I made any progress? Surprisingly (at least to me it is) I have! 🙂

So despite a busy week I have made it to step 3 of the snowflake method (remember the site I linked to last time) and character summaries are under way. Yay! I’m not going to give away too much information as still plenty of time for that. Especially if I continue at this rate, it’s going to be a while until this book is written.

Saying that I should have more time this week as my husband has gone on holiday without me (BOO! HISS!) So it’s just me and the cats. They aren’t making themselves very useful though – mainly walking across the keyboard and rubbing their faces on the screen.

 

Anyhow back to writing and I’ll leave you with something that I read this week that made me giggle.

 

J

Hello and Welcome!

Well, isn’t this exciting, my first ever Blog!

And why exactly, I hear you cry, have you started this blog? Well quite simply I have decided to write a book and I intend on sharing my journey with you. 🙂

I’ve been thinking about writing a book for ages but I felt a bit daunted at the prospect and thought ‘What, me? Write a book? But I don’t even own a computer!’ So it didn’t happen.

But that is no longer the case. I now have a laptop. I now have this laptop I’m currently typing on. So I no longer have a reason not to get stuck in. I have a story idea that I’m excited about, the rough idea of some characters and that is where I’m going to start.

I also saw this advice on how to get started so I have finally put pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard) and there are actual words written and saved.

So I look forward to sharing with you, lets see what it brings and where we go.

J