I normally write paranormal romance, so “the classics” to me might mean something different than it does to others. But to this writer, vampires are classic. As are shifters—werewolves especially. I’ve been thinking a lot about vampires lately—probably because I’m writing a book with a vampire main character right now. And it has occurred to me that I rarely use vampire main characters.
Why? Probably for a few reasons. Exploring different creatures is something I enjoy, for one. My Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series has included a banshee, a salamander (think more fire elemental, less amphibian), and a succubus as main characters. And these characters have been a ton of fun to write. While I’ve included vampire and shifter secondary characters, I haven’t written nearly as extensively about these classic creatures.
Another reason is that in the publishing world, we writers are a bunch of worrywarts. All over the Internet, rumors fly about this genre or that being overdone and dead. This creature or another being used too much. Perhaps the most mentioned creatures when the term “overused” comes up is vampires. They’re here, they’re there, they’re everywhere.
But the truth is, I still love vampires.
They’re sexy and fun. Scary and cool. Sensuous and funny. And to tell the truth, I find the whole biting thing very hot. ;-)
I haven’t grown tired of reading about them. And since they’re a creature I haven’t written about much, I definitely haven’t grown tired of writing them. So when I decided to write a novel directed toward a very specific paranormal line, I plotted out a vampire book.
And I’m enjoying the hell out of writing it.
It’s far too easy to lose sight of a common piece of advice new writers inevitably receive: Write what you love.
I love vampires.
Are there classic tropes or creatures that you like reading or writing about?