We're big fans of romance, obviously, at Heroes and Heartbreakers, but nothing gets our blood pumping quite like a expertly crafted paranormal romance. Today marks the publication of not one, but three, favorite authors—all in one book!—with Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter's Blood Red Kiss. We got the chance to ask them a few questions about their writing, their world, and most importantly, what's up next.
Heroes and Heartbreakers: You have all played with the idea of fate and fated mates in some way or another. What do you like about the concept of fate—and especially characters that push against it?
Kresley Cole: Sometimes the fated-mates trope gets a bad rap as an easy-out shortcut for authors who don’t take the time to craft a plausible love story. When I first started writing the Immortals After Dark, I wanted to make the fated-mate concept just the opposite: an innate conflict that the protagonists have to work around in order to fall in love. Most characters in the IAD are stunned by fate’s choice for them. I love to show the strongest, smartest beings in the universe realize a stronger, smarter force exists. They fight fate, but in the end, they’re eternally grateful that fate wins.
Larissa Ione: Oh, sure, start off with the hard questions. Eek! Okay, well, this might sound weird, but I’m always so conflicted about fate. My stubborn, independent streak hates the concept, but at the same time, the idea that fate might play a role in life kind of takes some pressure off. And fate ties into many reincarnation beliefs, especially the ones in which we ourselves plan out our lives before we’re even born. So while I sometimes would rather avoid fate plots and fated mates, the worlds I create often demand them in order to stay true to the story and characters.
Gena Showalter: I enjoy pairing a sexy alpha male with a woman he would not have chosen for himself—well, not at first, anyway. I love watching his resistance begin to crumble, his desire for her becoming a force beyond his control.