Friday, June 1, 2012
Paranormal Romance Author at SciFi Convention
Last weekend, I attended ConQuestKC, a SciFi convention in Kansas City. Paranormal romance authors were invited to participate on panels and do a book signing. I was intrigued by this offer, and, since I have two paranormal romance books, I decided to go.
It was different than romance conventions...but I enjoyed it!
I was on three panels about paranormal romance:
1. More of a Man (As women become stronger and more independent in real life, how does that affect our heroes in paranormal romances?)
2. Future of Paranormal Romance (Evolution of paranormal romance and how it made its way to the mainstream)
3. Rapunzel Syndrome (Can you have a strong female character and still be rescued by a man? Rapunzel needed a prince, but the prince needed Rapunzel. Can you have romance with both hero and heroine on equal footing or does there always have to be a damsel in distress?)
My psychic romance book, "Second Sight Dating", has a strong hero and heroine...and the heroine's psychic "gift" comes into question from an unbeliever hero.
Actually, there were more panels, but these were the ones I was on. Some seem to "mesh" with the others. One panel had few sitting in the audience, and two had 12-15. So, there was interest and not only from other romance authors there to support the panelists.
Interesting topic in the History of romance...we couldn't come up with a definite "beginning" book with paranormal romance elements. Some mentioned Frankenstein, Dracula, or, even works done much earlier. We talked about "recent" paranormal romance books...those starting as early as the 1960s to present time. All agreed that earlier paranormal romances found difficulty in getting published...and some went to small publishers.
The "boom" in paranormal romance books we see now is motivated by active readers seeking these books.
The conference offered traditional SciFi topics...and I sat in on some. I like science fiction...always loved Star Trek and Star Wars...and am a frequent watcher of the SyFy channel. I skipped the Klingon food fest, and the Zombie Olympics (they wanted me to participate...but darn...I'd forgotten my running shoes! HA!).
I missed the costume event - it was later at night and I was tired so went home. But, I saw lots of costumed people walking around the hotel.
Nice experience, fun people. I met some authors, both romance and strictly SciFi, and enjoyed talking with them.
Try a SciFi convention sometime...especially as more invite paranormal romance authors to join them!
Posted by Marianne Stephens at 12:01 AM