Welcome Ellora’s Cave author Nina Pierce…
Thank you for being with us at EtS today and participating in our Quick Q & A!
What inspired you to write paranormal romance?
I have always loved the idea that there’s another dimension around us. Though not well developed I do have premonitions and the ability to sense ghosts (though they scare the bajeebers out of me *g*) which is what originally piqued my curiousity. Anyway, when I began writing I started with what I knew and loved to read … contemporary romantic suspense. And though I loved those stories it didn’t quite fill my need to tell stories. My first paranormal “Healer’s Garden” (re-released Ellora’s Cave Jan 2010) took place on a future earth and included a heroine with the ability to heal with just her hands. I loved writing this book. From there I branched out to vampires and werewolves and haven’t looked back.
Name one of your all time favorite paranormal romances.
Oh, I found Anne McCaffrey a long time ago and she is one of my all-time favorite paranormal romance writers. I’ve read countless books (though not the “Pern” series). Her “Freedom” series about a human female who is kidnapped and taken to another planet pulled me in from the first book. Not only did this woman figure out how to survive and start a new life, she fell in love with a surly alien with a heart of gold. Yeah … that series is on my keeper shelf. And the world building that Ms. McCaffrey did was just amazing! I still remember the planets and the fear and awe the prisoners felt being dumped there. Really, the woman is amazing.
Kiss ass or not?
If I was offered two books, I’d choose the kick ass heroine. Not that I don’t enjoy a more laid back heroine who knows her own mind, but I like the action that surrounds a woman who goes in with both guns blazing. Interestingly enough though I think most of my paranormal heroines, like polymorphic shifter, Jayda Kynslan from “Bonded by Need” (Ellora’s Cave Aug 2009) tend to know their own mind, but definitely have a more subtle way of getting their man. They aren’t pushovers by any stretch of the imagination. They have a solid spine when the hero needs to be set in his place. (And what man doesn’t need to be reminded who’s the boss, even if she is the strong, silent type? *g*)
Your perfect paranormal hero is …
A vampire. Yeah, they make my knees go weak. Sometimes a woman just wants to melt in the arms of a man who knows what he wants and what he wants is … you! There’s so much power and wisdom in a male vamp who’s been around for a couple of centuries. He can sink his teeth in my neck any day. *sigh*
What’s at the top of your TBR pile?
I recently discovered author Terry Spears. I’m starting her wolf series with the first book, “Heart of the Wolf”. This will be the first of her books that I’ve read and I’m really looking forward to starting this series. I’ve been eyeing it for awhile and I have no doubt it’s going to end up on my keeper shelf.
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