As someone who writes urban fantasy with plenty of romance flung in, author Suzanne Johnson is distinctly qualified to talk about the careful blend of romance in urban fantasy. Elysian Fields, the third book in Suzanne's Sentinels of New Orleans series, is out this week, and includes wizards, mermen, and pirates, among other fantastical creatures—and of course there's romance. Thanks for joining us, Suzanne!
Imagine Sookie without Bon Temps and Fangtasia. Mercy without wolfpack politics, fae intrigue or vampire vicissitudes in the Pacific Northwest. Rachel Morgan without Cincinnati or the Ever-After or the Hollows. Hard, yes?
Now, imagine Mercy without Adam. Sookie without Bill, Eric, Alcide, Eric, Quinn, Eric, and Sam. Or Rachel without Nick (aka the slimeball), Kisten, Marshal, Pierce, Trent, and Al.
Good worldbuilding is vital to urban fantasy, whether it’s truly urban or is set in the wilds of Arkansas or Montana. Even if it’s set in the “real” world, it’s not our world. We want complex, well-constructed worlds filled with interesting people (“people” being a relative term) and dangerous situations that our hero or heroine must escape or dominate.