All righty, Supernatural Undergrounders, I need your help. I need you all to tell me your favourite paranormal romance and your favourite urban fantasy. If you can’t separate the two in your favourite book, tell me that also and why.
This is all in the name of research. You see, here in the wonderful old land of Oz we have a series of writer’s centres. Each state has one, and some of the regions have their own as well.
You pay to join a writer’s centre and for that you get – a monthly newsletter (contained with all sorts of great information); discounts on dozens of workshops and access to the staff, who know all sorts of stuff about publishing.
Some of the writers centres do other things as well. The Queensland Writers Centre, for example, is the home of the annual publication The Australian Writer’s Marketplace, which lists pretty much every publisher (large and small, book and magazine/newspaper), agent, editor and association that you need to carve out your writing career.
My local, the ACT Writer’s Centre, has actually opened up its own small press to publish authors work (it’s set up as a vanity but the important thing is that it doesn’t pretend it’s not – they’re upfront about the fact they’re helping you to physically publish the book but distribution, promotion and so on – that’s your problem, baby).
Anyhoo, I’m doing an article for the November ACT Writer’s Centre newsletter, the theme of which is the romance genre. Hence my question – I’m writing about paranormal romance and urban fantasy and want to provide a list of recommended reading.
As a reward/thank you, I’m providing you with something that I hope you find as ridiculously wonderful as I do. Early this year, it was my fortieth birthday and I decided the party theme would be a kid’s party, with games. I wanted to adult-ise some of them, however.
One of my favourite party games is Pin the Tail on the Donkey, but a donkey is so five-year-old. So I took the cover of an infamous romance novel, blew it up to poster size (the people at the printing place were laughing for days after) and then cut out portions of the male model’s chest, which had to be put back into place by blind-folded (and tipsy) party guests.
So here, my friends, is the result of the very first game of Pin the Man-boobs on Fabio!Please, don’t be so overcome with laughter that you forget the very important question – favourite paranormal romance, favourite urban fantasy or if your favourite book can be separated into the genres, what is it and why? YA is fine but let me know if it is YA. I want to make a list of recommendations.