Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Because People Are Talking M/M Paranormal-Karina Cooper

The note I received from the fabulous Avon publicist organizing this tour said, “Talk about why m/m paranormal.”

“Oh, no,” I thought. This is going to be a very short post.

Then I had some coffee, slept on it—the idea, not the coffee!—had more coffee, and decided I’d take it point by point. There are two very different things in here, after all.

Why Paranormal?

I heart paranormal stories. As far back as I can remember, I was always hunting for stories of fantastical things—magic and crazy science; monsters among us. One of my favorite series I remember was a precursor to the urban fantasy crazy, about a normal girl who found herself embroiled in modern fae doings. I was fascinated!

Writing it seemed like a natural step. I love the concept of a setting that isn’t too far removed from what “real life” could be, and then adding elements to it—huge elements or small bits—to make it paranormal. I feel like life would be way more interesting if a little bit of strange, stranger than normal, was actually the norm.

The Dark Mission series took that love, made a future that isn’t all that far from the truth, and tossed in witches. The politics, the disasters, the class warfare, all of that isn’t all that much of a stretch—a frightening concept in its own right!

Why Male/Male Romance?

This one’s the easy one.

I wrote a male/male romance because the characters are gay. Simple, no?

While it’s true that all of my proceeds from Wicked Lies are going to the It Gets Better Project, I didn’t start out with that concept and then search for the best character to “make gay”. Jonas Stone has always kept his cards close to the vest, and his sexuality has never been up for discussion, but he was the perfect candidate for Avon’s first male/male romance.

And his partner? Danny Granger. Young, optimistic, patient only as much as his youth allows and definitely a go-getter. He, too, is simply gay. It’s not all he is—like Jonas, he has other characteristics and traits and talents—but it’s part of who he is. That meant I gave them no more or less thought than I gave every other character I write about. Their hopes and dreams, their hang-ups, what they want, what they need, how they cope... I gave them everything I give the hetero couples I write about.

Since Avon was so brilliantly kind enough to let me do it, making it their first m/m book, I considered what kind of ground-breaking I was doing with them and dedicated it to all the LGBTQ people in my life—those I know, those I don’t and will, and those who need to know that someone out there supports them.

LBTQ people are people, period. I wanted my gay characters to have a chance at love, too!

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Wicked Lies
A Dark Mission Novella
Karina Cooper

Genre: Paranormal Romance (Avon’s first male-male romance)

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Date of Publication: 3/5/2013

ISBN: 9780062126733

Number of pages: 112
Word Count: 29,159

Formats available: e-book

Book Description:

Jonas Stone has been given his first independent operation: rescue the insurrection leader’s imprisoned grandson from the Mission. Getting the job done means more than getting Danny Granger out-it means staying with him while he heals. Staying too close, for way too long.

Danny is everything Jonas isn’t: confident, optimistic, honest--a man to be reckoned with. If only it didn’t mean going against everything Jonas has planned. He’s kept his secrets for years, hid behind a mask no one could see through...until now. Danny isn’t the kind of man Jonas deserves. But he might be exactly the man he needs...

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About the Author:

Born from the genetic mash-up of lesser royalty, storytellers, wanderers and dreamers, KARINA COOPER was destined to be a creative genius. As a child, she moved all over the country like some kind of waifish blonde gypsy and thrived in the new cultures her family settled in. When she (finally) grew up, she skipped the whole genius part and fell in love with writing because, really, who doesn’t love making things up for a living?

One part romance fanatic, one part total dork, and all imagination, she writes dark and sexy paranormal romance and urban fantasy. When she isn’t writing, Karina is an airship captain’s wife and Steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful and rainy Pacific Northwest with a husband, four cats, two rabbits, the fantasy of a dog, and a passel of adopted gamer geeks.

Twitter: @karinacooper 

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Debby said...

Great post. I enjoyed reading it. I must have missed this hop. Have to go and check other blogs.
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