The Draw of the Dark Side
by Our Guest on May 20th, 2010

Note from Jessa: When Elisabeth Naughton told my writing group about her first adventure romance trilogy, she called it “Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone,” which is like saying chocolate ganache meets dark chocolate.  And now she has a new series paranormal romance starting, which is like saying chocolate ganache meets dark chocolate with chocolate sprinkles.  And she’s giving away a copy today, so read up and leave your comment.

elisabeth-naughtonThanks so much to the gang at Silk & Shadows for inviting me to be with you all today! 

If you’ve read any of my previous books you know that I’m a romantic suspense author who has recently shifted to the dark side and is now writing paranormals as well. The first book in my Eternal Guardians series – MARKED – released this month. Someone recently asked me, “Why the change?” and I thought about the question for a minute, but couldn’t answer. It’s a simple question, I know, but the only answer I could come up with was not one I knew the questioner wanted to hear. I mean, authors are supposed to know why they do everything they do, so to have an author say, “I dunno. I just write the books that come to me,” I knew my answer just wasn’t gonna cut it. 

That, of course, is a cop out answer (even if it’s true). And since readers seem to want to know why things change (as my editor says… “Okay, why is this happening again?”), I’ve decided it would be in my best interest to have a list of answers ready and waiting for just such a question. 

So here it is, my top ten list for shifting to the dark side. 

marked-final-400x60010. Look at that cover. Do I need to have another reason for wanting to write paranormals?!

9. Special powers come in really handy in the climax of a paranormal book. As an author who ALWAYS gets stuck here trying to make everything work out, I can tell you it’s much easier to throw in an electrical storm or zap someone with lightning fingers to get out of a bind than it is to save the day with plane ol’ Tom, Dick & Harry. 

8. Superhuman sex. (I do write romantic paranormals, after all.)

7. I get to write about snarky gods. They seem to be able to get away with anything they want. Who knew? 

6.   Looking for a little danger? You don’t need a serial killer on the run to amp up the tension. That’s sooo over done. Throw in a seething daemon instead. Seven feet tall, horns like a goat, face like a cat, ears off a dog and lots of claws? Oh man. So much more fun! 

5. Sure, romances are great, but when the two main characters are fated to be together and hate each other at the same time? That just adds an extra level of tension that makes the whole romance that much more interesting. 

4. The fact I can throw in a Fury (or two or three) whenever I feel like it (Yes, I am Fury obsessed). And this time they’re real winged creatures with snakes in their hair, razor sharp teeth and a rabid need for blood, not simply stone carvings of the creatures. 

3. I can write really twisted scenes and blame the genre. (“What? You think that’s too sick? Yeah, but it’s a paranormal. My readers will expect it.”) 

2.  Superhuman sex (did I say that before?) 

And the number one reason I decided to write paranormals: 

1. They’re just plain freakin’ fun! 

I never expected I’d have so much fun writing this series, but every day I’m excited I get to take my world one step further. While I love romantic suspense and don’t plan to give up writing in that genre (as soon as I turn in TEMPTED, book 3 in my Eternal Guardians series, I’m jumping back into a romantic suspense novella for Kensington), I’m thrilled I get to write about heroes and gods and prophecies and soul mates. The possibilities in a paranormal are endless, the danger is epic and the romance seems a thousand times more intense when other-worldy dangers are lurking around every corner.  

So why did I shift to the dark side? The answer is clear: Why the heck wouldn’t I?   

What do you love most about paranormal novels? What draws you to them again and again? I’ve got a copy of MARKED to give away to one lucky commenter today! 



Your browser may not support display of this image. A previous junior-high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full time from her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her debut release, Stolen Fury, heralded by Publisher’s Weekly as “A rock-solid debut,” was recently nominated for two prestigious RITA® awards by Romance Writers of America in the Best First Book category and the Best Romantic Suspense category. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Learn more about Elisabeth and her books at

18 comments to “The Draw of the Dark Side”

  1. 1

    I enjoy paranormals because I love characters with some kind of supernatural power - something I’d love to have but never will. It’s fun to live vicariously through them!

  2. 2

    I think the biggest thing about paranormals to me is that ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN ! You never know what will happen next. The unknown, that’s what I like.

  3. 3

    I like reading paranormals because they are just like all my favourite romances with an added bonus. And since I’m one of those people who will buy the shampoo with the “free 10% added bonus,” it stands to reason that I would buy my romance novels that way, too. Oh, and like your #1 reason for writing them, they are just plain freakin’ fun to read =).

  4. 4

    Welcome Elizabeth!

    I love the huge stakes in paranormal romance. Nothing like the end of the world to prompt a declaration of “I love you”. :-)

  5. 5

    I love the possibilities in paranormals–they’re endless! :D

  6. 6

    In all romances, love has power. But in paranormals, love is a superpower!

  7. 7

    I love paranormals because they are a true escape from reality. It’s not always possible to run from our own lives but we can excape to a completely different world for a few hours every time we pick up a PNR book. That, and #8 & #2 on your list, lol ;)

  8. 8

    I love that paranormals add depth and dimension to good stories. They let us see the world as it is and then deeper into what it could be. The really good ones make you believe it might even be more than just possible. Thanks Elizabeth, for making me believe even after I’ve closed the book.

  9. 9

    Hi! I love paranormals because I enjoy reading what kind of world the author comes up with - how it is different or similar to what we know. The most important things about a story are plot and characters, but these background/world differences are what makes the story extra yummy.

  10. 10

    Welcome to S&S!

    Yes, magic is a really handy attribute when the characters have to get out of a tight squeeze - but then the temptation to put them in ridiculously dangerous situations just gets higher ….

  11. 11

    Sorry I’m late in getting here, folks. Crazy crazy day. Ever have those? Egad, I’d like to just rewind and start all over.

    Diana - I think having a superpower would be fun too. Let’s see, which would I like…there are so many to choose from. Going off my earlier comment I’d like to be able to rewind time a few hours or so then hit “redo”. LOL

    Linda - totally! I love that too. Anything and everything always seems to happen, doesn’t it?

    Thanks, Zita. I’m with you. Who doesn’t like something for free? :mrgreen:

  12. 12

    Annette - thanks for having me here! And I agree…funny how the toughest alpha male turns into a puddle of Jell-O when the end of the world is looming.

    Julie - well said!

    Jessa - I’m writing down your quote and framing it on my desk. That is freakin’ awesome.

  13. 13

    Laurie - I can hear my hubby muttering, “Oh, good god. Superhuman sex.” (I’m with you though…obviously!)

    Aw, thanks, Laurel. What a great thing to say! Comments like yours are the ones that keep me writing. :lol:

    Cories - I agree. The worldbuilding just adds a whole extra layer that other books lack. That’s not to say I don’t love other genres, but it’s always fun to lose myself in a paranormal world.

  14. 14

    Sharon, so true. I just finished the climax on Tempted - book 3 - which is due in about 10 days and I was thinking, “Egad. Good thing this guy has superpowers or there is no WAY he’d have gotten out of this one.”

    (I can hear the RS characters for my upcoming novella–which I’m going to be working on next–saying, “Don’t even think about it!”)

  15. 15

    I dont really have a particular reason i like paranormals , but i have just always been drawn to them.Magic, demons, vampires, shifters, it is all just so interesting to me! Maybe it has to do with the fact that its different from the normal day to day life. I ve always been drawn to different!
    Thanks for the Awesome giveaway and for sharing with us today!

  16. 16

    I love paranormals because of the imaginative world building, great characters and wonderful, action filled stories.
    I enjoyed the interview and I’m really looking forward to picking up Marked.

  17. 17

    i love the unknown , so paranormal is sort of like that. plus reality really is YCUK, i like books to escape into so paranormal are really good

  18. 18

    the cover is great.

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