Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hello Chicka-dee! The Joys of Paranormal Chick Lit

Right now, I'm in the middle of working on a project that couldn't be classified as chick lit, but as far as the genre is concerned, I love it. Yes, people say chick lit is dead, but in my opinion sometimes a girl needs to sit back and follow someone on their journey and laugh at their life. There's just something about following a woman, or it could be a man as well, and seeing yourself in them and what they go through. In terms of chick lit and women's fiction, I believe one is a sub-genre of the other. Women's fiction includes chick lit as well as mainstream women's literature. For me, I prefer a quirky, snippy voice. No offense against Jane Austen, but either some Prada shoes or hilarious angst makes my day!

I love to write fantasy/paranormal chick lit! It's like a warm fluzzy blanket where I go deep into my character's head and I follow them around as they face the main conflict in the book. My first paranormal chick lit was Enchanted, Inc. I just loved the main character! Before her job at Enchanted, Inc her job sucked. I could related to her experiences with her horrible boss. But then the author took it a step further and gave into my cravings for the fantastical--she placed Katie Chandler at a company where magic is manufactured as a product and sold. Another book I enjoyed was A Girl's Guide to Witchcraft. So funny! I'm not looking for drama or a full out War and Peace, I just want to curl up and experience Jane Madison's drama. I want to laugh and cry, but most of all I want to have fun.

Other books on my TBR list (even some YA in there):

  • Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel - Ronda Thompson
  • How Not to Make a Wish - Mindy Klasky
  • Undead and Unwed - MaryJanice Davidson
  • Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom - Julie Kenner (Need to finish this one! Great paranormal mommy chick lit!)

  • You Had me at Halo - Amanda Ashby
  • You are so Undead to Me - Stacey Jay
  • Oh. My. Gods. Tera Lynn Childs
  • Spells and Sleeping Bags - Sarah Mlynowski
  • The Salem Witch Tryouts - Kelly McClymer

In terms of writing, completing a paranormal chick lit isn't easy. For me, I love to push the envelope. What is the worse thing I can do this person? Can I take it a step further? I have a character already created for the next one and she won't shut up. I plan to take her from the normal life she's always known and turn things topsy-turvy by doing the worse thing possible. *evil laugh here*

Do you have any favorite fantasy/paranormal chick lit books? I'm open to suggestions! Especially young adults ones I may not know about.


Lisa and Laura said...

I LOVE chick lit! Although I haven't read a lot of paranormal chick lit. I did just finish THE BODY FINDER and BEFORE I FALL. Both of which are AMAZING. You must check them out.

Shawntelle Madison said...

Fabulous! I'll take a look at those. =)