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ARRC2013: Concurrent session 1A

1 December 2012

Welcome to a new series where we will feature details of each of the concurrent sessions at ARRC2013. If you haven’t registered yet, perhaps we can entice you! You can find further details on the convention, including the full program and registration links here.

This week we are talking about…

Concurrent session 1A–Angels and dragons and banshees, oh my!

Although we don’t seem to have abandoned witches, vampires and werewolves, readers are always looking for something more from the paranormal genre and it has greatly expanded over the last few years to include all sorts of possibilities. A few years ago it was all about demons, but these days it seems to be about angels and dragons. Just when you think the trend is over a new series pops up. But they’re not the traditional angels or dragons that we might expect. How do you go about creating a whole new race of beings to populate your books? Are we moving on from vampires, angels and dragons–if so, what is next? And who would win in an angel vs dragon smack-down?

Nalini Singh, Rachel Vincent, Shona Husk and MJ Scott will be debating the merits of angels vs dragons, and with these authors, who knows what other creatures will appear. They will be answering the question: what next for paranormal? Nalini has brought us angels and changelings, Rachel has brought us werecats and banshees, Shona has her goblins and MJ, the Fae and Bloods–what about other shapeshifters, or are we done with them? Any other interesting human/shape that hasn’t been done, or that you would like to see more of (and dare to ask about!)?

For those readers who really like their paranormal this discussion will be one to watch.

The panellists

Nalini Singh was first published in 2002. During that time she has published six books with Silhouette, one with Nocturne and 21 with Berkley (in addition to contributing to three Berkley anthologies). Her Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series have proven to be extremely popular with readers and have won many awards, including ARRA, RT and RITA awards. Nalini’’s books can regularly be found on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Nalini lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

Rachel Vincent is the author of 16 novels in three different series, including the New York Times bestselling Shifters series, the Unbound series for adults, as well as the Soul Screamers series for young adults, which will wrap up early next year with book 7, With All My Soul. Rachel lives with her husband and two black cats in San Antonio, Texas, but they’re all currently in the middle of a crazy, mid-holiday move to the Oklahoma City area.

Shona Husk is the author of over a dozen paranormal and erotic paranormal romances for Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Sourcebooks. The Goblin King, Shadowlands book 1, was an ARR awards finalist in 2011, and her books have received the Romantic Times Book Reviews Top Pick and the Night Owl Reviews Top Pick several times. Shona lives in Perth, WA.

MJ Scott is the author of the dark fantasy Half-Light City series. Book 1, Shadow Kin, was nominated for a 2011 ARRA Award in the sci-fi, urban fantasy and futuristic romance category. Book 2 in the series, Blood Kin, is out now and book 3, Iron Kin, will be out in April 2013. She lives in Melbourne, Vic.

One Comment
  1. aimskye permalink
    4 December 2012 9:07 am

    Oh my…
    I think this is the one for me!!!


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