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Somewhere in the realms of fantasy there is a subset of the genre called paranormal romance. I’ve mentioned to a few people that I write urban fantasy, and they’ve responded by asking if that was the same thing. To which I responded that it wasn’t.

Do my books have love stories? Yes. Do they contain some steamy scenes? On occasion. Are they romances? Not primarily.

It’s possible to write gritty urban fantasy that contains romance and sex without it being primarily about the romance and sex. Romance novels follow a certain structure, whether they are paranormal or otherwise — and the big thing that binds them together is that the protagonist is supposed to find love at the end, even if it’s not with someone different than you expected.

That said, I like writing sex scenes. I like reading…

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