Saturday, May 1, 2010

Paranormal Romance Interview

An “all things paranormal” interview with Jess C Scott, writer of edgy/contemporary fiction.

"Incubus" painting, by Sarah R. Braun.
Check out the draconic wings ;)

1) When did you start writing romance? Which author inspired you to start writing paranormal romance?

Jess: The funny thing is that I never really set out to write romance stories (it kind of just happened along the way). With regards to the inspiration with writing paranormal romance—I really enjoyed several sections of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Hot damn!

2) What is it about the paranormal romance genre that captures your imagination?

Jess: I love the world of paranormal, as the paranormal dimension allows for one to delve into another realm altogether. One has whole new worlds, concepts, values, and perspectives to explore. I like to challenge myself to come up with something new/fresh/original too, even amidst the current commerciality of the paranormal romance genre.

3) How would you describe the sensuality level of your books; do you find it challenging to write the hot love/sex scenes that readers demand?

Jess: It ranges from sensuous to explicit. I will never write a love/sex scene where it’s “just about the sex (the physical act)”. I like including psychological and emotional elements in my work (and looking at ALL the details, when the writing is more alternative/non-mainstream/experimental). I feel it lends a certain amount of depth and authenticity to both the storyline + the characters.

4) What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?

Jess: Great characters and a great storyline. That’s pretty much all there is to it.

5) What inspired you to write The Devilin Fey?

Jess: I’d been wanting to write a story with an incubus for quite some time (since 2006 / The Devilin Fey was written about two years later). Dreams are another realm which is a whole new world to meander about in. I thought it’d be cool to combine that, with the sensual/erotic elements associated with a creature like an incubus/succubus.

6) What real life love lessons are there to be learned from paranormal romances?

Jess: To be true/honest with oneself (before one can be that way, with others). To explore/accept/delve into the “darker aspects” of one’s self/psyche. To attain some form of transformation/transcendence via love/sex (where it’s one combined element, not two separate entities).

Excuse the amount of /slashes/ — I use those a lot when I think fast, and/or process complex thoughts.

7) Any new projects on the horizon? What would you like to try next?

Jess: I am working on 2-3 series (a “seven deadly sins” series, an urban fantasy series, and a paranormal romance/dark urban fantasy series). I want the latter to be something unique, yet relatable. I’d like the characters/story to show a reader things they might already know (in a general sense)—just in a different/deeper perspective, that rings true. I like seeking out truth and purity (for the astrologically-inclined, I’m a Virgo Sun/Pisces Moon/Venus Scorpio), and I aim to share what I find/discover with the world.

I’d like to try many new things (in multiple departments)—I won’t say what, until I’ve something to show/tell ;)

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