The Fairy Tale, All Grown Up
What was your favorite thing to pretend, as a child? Did play house? Dress-up? Did you have a favorite fairy tale? Was there a particular story that you loved?
I really adored Beauty and the Beast. It was the most markedly different for me among Grimm’s fairy tales—and okay, the Disney princess movies—in the way that beast was portrayed as something both monster and human at the same time. The beast is aware of his scary, feral nature and wants to be different.
Beauty falls in love with him all the same.
Story is essential to life. As kids, we learn through play. Through make-believe. Through fantasy. We escape into things like fairy tales as an elemental part of shaping who we are and learning about ourselves when we are young.
So let’s fast forward a little, to when we’re old enough to realize that those creatures can have desires, huh? For me the turning point was when Michael and Star first kiss in the Lost Boys. I was young, I was impressionable, I was stunned… Wow. Vampires as sensual creatures and not horror monsters? *headscratch*
So for me, writing paranormal romance, it’s the fairy tale with its new big boy shorts on. And hell, is it ever sexy. Just like when I was a kid, I can escape into a world of make believe. Only this time—this time, maybe when I’m getting my gas at the Shell station on Route 10, the burly guy wearing a leather jacket across the way is a vampire gassing up his shiny black SUV so he can go rid the world of evil bad guys who are killing his kind.
Maybe he’s lethal and predatory. Maybe like Thad, my vampire king in King of Darkness, he’s tortured but he really just needs the right mate to tame him. *shiver*
There’s a whole lot of dark and ugly stuff out there in the world. Romance, and its associated requisite happily ever after, gives us grown-ups with our grown-up problems a safe place to escape. But this time it can be darker, steamier, and fraught with entirely new levels of angst.
Alls I know is, I have loved to read my entire life, but I wasn’t gripped by the intense urge to write until I discovered paranormal romance. That escape, that “otherness” of building a different world I could escape into. The fairy tale all grown up.
What do you love about paranormal romance?
ETERNAL COMMITMENT IS NOT ON HER AGENDA...
Scorned by the vampire community for her lack of power, Isabel Anthony lives a carefree existence masquerading as human—although drifting through the debauched human nightlife, she prefers the patrons' blood to other indulgences. But when she meets the sexy, arrogant king of the vampires, this party-girl's life turns dark and dangerous.
BUT TIME'S RUNNING OUT FOR THE KING OF THE VAMPIRES...
Dead-set on finding the prophesied mate who will unlock his fiery powers, Thad Morgan must find his queen before their race is destroyed. Their enemies are gaining ground, and Thad needs his powers to unite his subjects. But when his search leads him to the defiant Isabel, he wonders if fate had gotten it seriously wrong...
Elisabeth Staab still lives with her nose in a book and at least one foot in a fantasy world. Her bestselling paranormal romance novel, King of Darkness, is available now. Her second book, Prince of Power, releases in January. Find an excerpt, free reads and more at ElisabethStaab.com