Coastal Magic Convention Featured Author Spotlight: Seressia Glass Guest Post

I’m sure all of you have followed this blog for a while are familiar with my Coastal Magic Convention. For those who aren’t familiar, here’s a brief introduction…

CoastalMagic2015Vertical4Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

Seressia Glass is one of the many fantastic Featured Authors for February’s event, and she was kind enough to interrupt her deadline schedule to share a bit about writing both paranormal AND contemporary stories, and how to juggle the two. Thanks so much to Laura, from Little Read Riding Hood, for arranging the post!

 

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I write under two names and in multiple genres. As Seressia Glass, I’ve written contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy with an upcoming contemporary, SPICE, coming in November. As Mallery Malone, I’ve written a medieval romance set in Ireland and contemporary romance with the first of the steamy Billionaire’s Club: New Orleans series, KNOCK OUT released July first.

Though this year is all about the steamy contemporary romances for both pen names, I love writing paranormal romance and urban fantasy especially since I get to weave my love of Ancient Egyptian mythology into my stories. I had so much fun writing my Sons of Anubis jackal shifters that I plan to self-publish more novellas in that series. I also plan to self-publish another three stories in my Shadowchasers urban fantasy series. Look for those continuations to happen next year.shadowfallfinal

It’s not easy switching gears from one genre to another, but it’s not impossible. For me, my stories at their core are about people facing their fears and making it through to the other side with the person or people who accept them as they are. It doesn’t matter if it’s shapeshifting jackals fighting the undead or a magic wielding bounty hunter who’s in danger of becoming the very thing she hunts. The emotional drive, the motivations and internal conflicts are the same. It’s the worlds that are different.

So how do I cleanse my brain when switching genres? Usually by reading something that’s completely outside of the genre I just completed. If I’ve just completed a paranormal romance, I’ll pick up an M/M or ménage erotic romance. If I’ve finished a contemporary project, I’m probably reaching for an urban fantasy or a historical romance.

My processes for writing in each genre is different too. Strangely enough, while I write to music for my paranormal and urban fantasy work—usually something New Age or world beat, or industrial if I’m writing a fight scene—I don’t write to music when I write contemporary. I do write with scent—usually rosemary or a clarity blend going in the oil burner. I suppose it’s because since the contemporaries are here and now—or rather, my version of here and now—it’s a lot easier to sink into the story and the characters. With paranormal romance and urban fantasy, I’m creating other, a world with different rules, different logic, different requirements. Though the internal conflicts are similar, the external conflicts aren’t. So I have a work a little harder to slip into that world, making sure that the rules and restrictions that I’ve established in previous stories are followed. Once I’ve set the mood, it’s easier to pull on the mental writer cap for that world, and the words begin to flow.

91heounmvfl-_sl1500_There are times when I have to write in both, like when I was finishing up my last Sons of Anubis novella while working on the proposal for the new contemporary series. Usually clearing the palate involved going to Facebook and spending way too much time playing Candy Crush. I’m proud to say that I’ve finally broken that addiction, but I’d made it past level 500 before I hit a wall!

Why do I write in different genres? Easy—I love to read different genres. I’ve been a voracious reader since I could understand the words on the cereal box. I went from comics to science fiction to fantasy then finally discovered romance novels in high school. I was thrilled to see so many subgenres in romance and I’ve enjoyed writing in the ones I love. I’ll keep going as long as I have stories to tell.

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