Thanks so much for letting me spend the day with you. I'm thrilled to be a part of Smart Girls Read Romance.
Let me be honest. I love the paranormal worlds in romance fiction. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, psychics and zombies, I love 'em. When “The Walking Dead” is on, I'm glued to the screen. Give me a paranormal romance and I'll devour it faster than you can blink. It's definitely one of my favorite genres to read. Throw in some steamy romance and I'm a goner.
|"The Walking Dead" TV Show
Never thought I'd write it, though!
Romantic suspense—that's what I write. The mystery, developing the plot. Having the heroine and the hero race against the bad guy, overcome all the obstacles thrown in their way, follow the clues, have lots of sexy times along the way, figure out the who/when/why/how, defeat the villain, profess their love and live happily ever after. Whew, it can be a roller-coaster of a ride!
Story after story, this was my premise, my formula. The problem—something was always missing. I didn't get the satisfaction, the extra oomph I'd get from reading all those paranormal romances with their otherworldly specialness. So I decided to go for it and combine the two genres I loved, romantic suspense and paranormal romance.
Voila! DESPERATE CHOICES was born. Theresa, my heroine, is a psychic living and working in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Max, her ex-beau, is a private investigator who comes asking for her help. His godson is missing. And the story was off and running. It unfolded with just enough of a paranormal element added into the suspense that it was believable and the readers loved it as much as I did.
|New Orleans French Quarter evening photo
DESPERATE CHOICES became my first published book (from Carina Press) and it won the 2012 OKRWA International Digital Award for long suspense.
SECOND CHANCES is a paranormal romance, introducing you to the world of Destiny's Desire Lodge in the Colorado Mountains. It's the first in a series, uniting soul mates destined to be together, separated—usually due to outside influences. Sometimes the couples have already met and need to be reunited. Other times, they need a little "extraordinary and magical" assistance. They're brought together with a little help from Quinton Chase, the Fate-Keeper, who runs this special resort, Destiny's Desire. The first novella is available now and book two is finished and will be out soon.
For some people normal is normal and that's perfectly okay. I've learned the hard way when it comes to me and my writing world, paranormal is my normal.
DESPERATE CHOICES: http://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Choices-ebook/dp/B0041KLBG2/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374938095&sr=1-2&keywords=kathy+ivan
An avid reader of all types of romance, Kathy writes romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She makes her home in the heart of North Texas doing her best to deal with the Texas heat. She's a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Dallas Area Romance Authors (DARA).
New Orleans Photo, Wikipedia commons