Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Wicked Wednesday - paranormal romance written by men
What about men who write in the genre, though? I looked up lists and seen names like Jim Butcher, Sergei Lukyanenko, and Scott Westerfield. I wouldn't label any of them paranormal romance. There's elements of romance in their books, but it isn't the focus of them. I came across a few names like Sam Lang, Andrew Fox, and Mario Acevedo, but I've never heard of them, and their titles and blurbs lean more to the witty/humorous side.
Why aren't more men writing in this genre? I still think maybe the name of "romance" frightens some off. There's the misconception that men can't write emotions as well as woman. Men most certainly can. Men fall in love too. Perhaps men don't believe they can write convincing female protagonists. Right now, the majority of protagonists in paranormal romances are women, but that doesn't mean male protagonists aren't equally accepted. If it's a well written story, then it will speak for itself.
Also, there are a few men out there that write in this genre under pseudonyms.
This is an increasingly popular genre. Young readers are eating it up, setting up an audience for a lifetime. This is the perfect time for men to start writing paranormal romance.
Do you know any male paranormal romance writers? Why do you think few men write in this genre?