I'm not an avid reader of paranormal romance. Up until recently, I'd never read about vampires or werewolves or shapeshifters and the idea of dragons in a romance novel was absurd! Those things belonged in Harry Potter books (love them!), not mine.
Now, now, put the torches and stones down, and hear me out. My first love is contemporary, always has been and probably always will be. But one day, about ten years ago, I picked up A Knight in Shining Armour by Jude Deveraux. I didn't know at the time I was reading a paranormal romance, although nowadays it would be considered time travel. I loved this book and to this day, it's one of my favorites.
Not too long after that, my mother-in-law gave me a book by Barbara Michaels, Ammie, Come Home. It's not a romance, but a ghost story with some romantic elements. I loved it. Ever since then I've had a fascination with ghosts (who else watches Ghost Hunters every Wednesday night?)
Here's another confession. The first time I read a Nora Roberts book was..... last year. I can hear you dropping those torches and stones in shock, but it's true. My sister-in-law is a huge fan of The Nora and gave me three of her books, Key of Light, Key of Knowledge and Key of Valor. I was skeptical. A trilogy about Celtic gods? I read all three books over a weekend.
I never thought I could write paranormal. I mean, I do have an imagination, but how could I ever compare with these authors? But there is something liberating about making up weird stuff and no one can tell you you're wrong. Ya can't do that with a contemporary and you'll be burned at the stake if you try it with historical romance.
So, I've read and have written about ghosts, time travel, gods, witches, angels and magic. Huh, waddaya know. I guess I'm an avid fan after all.