Writing in Different Genres (Guest Post)
My muse is having a blast playing in my paranormal universe. With three series in the same world, she’s getting enough variation to keep from getting burned out on a genre, and it’s fun to stay immersed in one universe for so many books.
I’ve had people ask me about what I do different when writing various genres, probably because I didn’t start my writing career in a fantasy genre. My first books were part of the Safeword series — contemporary BDSM romance written for people in the lifestyle, or at least comfortable with it. It isn’t the sweet and pretty BDSM most readers are accustomed to; it’s a version of the real thing. It’s raw and gritty, there’s actual pain, and the submission is about as realistic as you can get in the U.S. between consenting adults. The Safeword books are character driven, with the relationship journey as the predominant plot, though some books in this series have external plots as well.
In contrast, my paranormal romance books have external plots with the relationship journey woven in. Most have kink, very few have negotiated BDSM, and some are mostly vanilla (though I’m learning everyone has a different definition of vanilla, so we’ll say they’re my definition of vanilla, which apparently is still kinky to most people).
Here’s a breakdown of how I construct the basic story for my four main series:
ONLY HUMAN series, urban fantasy: While there are some romantic elements, this story is pure urban fantasy with a kick-ass human female who has to survive in a diverse supernatural world. The storyline drives the plot, though I’m always going to go deep when creating my characters.
THE CHATTANOOGA SUPERNATURALS, paranormal romance: Some of the secondary characters in my urban fantasy series need a happily-ever-after. This series allows them to find their true love, but there’s a lot of story going on as well. The challenge is in weaving the external storyline through the love story so the reader isn’t overwhelmed. It’s a combination of the way I write contemporary romance and urban fantasy, and it took me a while to gain enough confidence as an author to tackle it.
THE ROLLING THUNDER MOTORCYCLE CLUB, paranormal romance: The wolves in the pack live under the dictatorship of the Alpha. His word is law. Some of the wolves who’ve chosen not to join the pack have formed an MC, where things are voted on. I’ve been wanting to play around with anti-heroes for a long time, and this series is letting me have fun with the bad boys. A few story arcs flow through and between most books, but the relationship between the biker and the club, as well as between the biker and his woman, are the primary focus of these books. Once again, the challenge is in weaving the relationship journey in with the external plots, while also being true to the MC.
SAFEWORD series, contemporary BDSM: The challenges of making a power exchange relationship work is the plot. Do both want TPE (total power exchange), or only one? How can you make it work if one person wants more than the other? Or perhaps both are fine with TPE, but then you have the struggle of making it work with the personalities of this particular couple. I got my feet wet as an author with this series, and you can see the evolution of how well I weave the main plot in with subplots as the series progresses.
When I write in my paranormal world I have so many threads going in my head it once, it’s a wonder I stay sane. I love it, though, and I’m so happy readers are enjoying my world, characters, and stories.
As a reader, my two favorite genres are urban fantasy and BDSM romance, depending on my mood. I also enjoy well done paranormal romance, but I get annoyed by too much flowery talk so there are only a few PNR series I’ve stuck with. There’s nothing wrong with all the flowery talk; it just isn’t my thing.
What’s your favorite genre? Second favorite?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Candace Blevins lives with her husband of 18 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.
Candace writes Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary BDSM Romance, and a kick-ass Motorcycle Club series.
Her urban fantasy series, Only Human, gives us a world where weredragons, werewolves, werelions, three different species of vampires, as well as a variety of other mythological beings exist.
Candace’s two paranormal romance series, The Chattanooga Supernaturals and The Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, are both sister series to the Only Human series, and give some secondary characters their happily ever after.
Her Safeword Series gives us characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work. Each book in the Safeword series highlights a couple with a different take on the lifestyle.
You can visit Candace on the web at candaceblevins.com and feel free to friend her on Facebook at facebook.com/candacesblevins and Goodreads at goodreads.com/CandaceBlevins. You can also join facebook.com/groups/CandacesKinksters to get sneak peeks into what she’s writing now, images that inspire her, and the occasional juicy blurb.
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Only Human series (Urban Fantasy)
Chattanooga Supernaturals (Paranormal Romance)
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club (link)
- Bash Volume I
- Bash Volume II
- Bash Volume III
- Nix (Novella, Summer 2016)
Dark erotica shorts from the world of The Chattanooga Supernaturals
Safeword series (Contemporary BDSM Romance)
- Safeword: Rainbow
- Safeword: Matte
- Safeword: Davenport
- Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon
- Safeword: Quinacridone
- Safeword: Matte – In Training
- No Safeword: Matte – The Honeymoon
- No Safeword: Matte – Happily Ever After
- Safeword: Arabesque
- Safeword: Mayday (TBA)
An Unhuman Journey
There’s a war brewing between good and evil, and the chess pieces are being set…
Aaron has gone missing, and Mordecai has taken over Kirsten’s training. She’s learning by leaps and bounds under the god-of-old’s not-so-gentle tutelage, but with Nathan in charge of Drake Security during The Dragon King’s unplanned absence, everything is upside down.
The evil Celrau vampires were banned from creating new offspring, but they’ve bargained for permission to do so in the Underworld, where the Concilio has no authority. As part of their army-building, the Celrau vampires kidnap Kirsten and take her to the Underworld with the intention of making her one of them. Alone in another realm, Kirsten must form unexpected alliances to survive a most Unhuman Journey.
Join bestselling author Candace Blevins on a thrilling adventure into the critically acclaimed sequel to Only Human.
The unique worldview presented also fascinated me. Who the old Gods actually were, how the different worlds came into being (earth, the underworld, faerie etc.) and the rules that the supernaturals from all the different planes had to adhere to kept me turning the pages all night long. … When I finished the last page, I once again had a huge smile on my face. Everything about this book worked for me, keeping me enthralled from start to finish. Like most urban fantasy books, although the main “journey” of this book is over, the story is not. I cannot freaking wait for the next one in the series.
La Crimson Femme:
Through all of this smexy goodness, Ms. Blevins adds in a touch of angst as well as a dose of humour. Her timing for both are perfect and makes this story pull out all sorts of emotions. This engages a reader and draws them deeper into the story. I must confess, I read this all in one sitting because I had to know what would happen next. I’m transported into a fabulous kinky world where the fight between good and evil is not as clearly delineated as one would like. This erotic urban fantasy is highly recommended to kinky readers who like heroines who kicks butts and takes down names.
The Book Cellar
I am beyond obsessed with this series! I had read a few of Candace Blevins’ other books and liked them, but diving into this series was like nothing of hers I’ve read before. They are nothing short of completely awesome, and I already am pining for the next book…