Hi everyone! Today I’ll be interviewing a member of the Elevensies, Tara Hudson, who is also the author of the upcoming paranormal romance novel from Harper Teen, Hereafter!
What are the things you can do in a paranormal romance that you can’t do in a romance?
I've always found that, in paranormal romance, you can always make the romantic stakes higher. Not only does your fictional couple face challenges to their relationship, but their challenges can often be physically insurmountable - magic barriers, curses, even being from different species!
Does the supernatural element enhance the romance? How? Why?
Absolutely, it does! Mystery always makes romance sexier, and what could be more mysterious than the unknown, the supernatural?
What are the things you need to do maintain to keep the connection of the characters – a ghost and a human – strong?
Well, they better be able to see each other, first!
What does your novel has that other paranormal romance novels, particularly ghost novels doesn’t have?
My main characters - Amelia and Joshua - have a physical connection that even they can't explain, especially since Amelia shouldn't technically be able to connect to anything.
Death takes away so many things. But what can death give that can help a person love better?
In Hereafter, Amelia has a more acute sense of loss than most living people. So for her, love - and the potential to lose it - has a deeper meaning.
What kind of relationship do your characters have?
A pretty unique one...guess you'll have to read it to find out!
In writing Hereafter, did you use any of your personal experiences?
I drew on a lot of my personal resources, mostly for the various settings in Hereafter. Robber's Cave, the graveyard, even High Bridge - all of these are real places.
If you needed to write a kissing scene for your characters (which is physically impossible) how would you do it?
Oh, I already have. But like I said...you'll have to read Hereafter to find out!
Thank you Tara for dropping by!
Giveaway: ARC of Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.
Thanks to Harper Teen, one lucky reader will enjoy reading an ARC of Hereafter!
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