**UPDATE 2/6/12: The winner of a copy of Kristin’s new book, FIRELIGHT, is…Alica!**
Fellow Forever Romance author Kristen Callihan is here to talk about her new release, FIRELIGHT. One lucky commenter will be the recipient of a signed copy of her awesome book! So…here’s Kristen!
On thing that struck me about Cynthia’s book was the uniqueness of the story. In the paranormal market, finding a unique angle is quite hard. Everything you can think of has been done. So then it becomes a matter of approaching the story from a different perspective.
When I started writing Firelight, I had double trouble in regards to freshness because I was working with not only paranormal, but the highly popular trope of the beauty and the beast story. How then could I make it different?
One huge difference I decided on right off the bat was that my heroine, Miranda, would not be some defenseless miss. In truth, she is more of a threat than the villain. Her ability to start fires with a thought is a great power. But as Stan Lee once so brilliantly said in Spider Man, with great power comes great responsibility. Miranda constantly struggles to control her ability. She doesn’t want to go around burning things down. And yet the desire to do it is there. Which begs the question. Is she really the beast in this tale?
Which brings me to Archer, my hero. He is the identifiable beast in this story. I could have made him a number of things. But I wanted to try something different. I wanted him to be something no one has ever seen before. This is always a risk. But, for me, part of the fun about writing paranormals is that your imagination is the only limit. No matter what Archer is, however, at his core he is all too human, with human heartaches and vulnerability.
It is only when Miranda and Archer come together that they become whole. Two beasts finding each other and becoming human once more.
I had great fun trying something different. But what about you? What are your favorite monsters? And, given the chance, would you be willing to become one?