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What are some New Ideas for Paranormal Romance Characters

Updated: Jul 14

Many authors use vampires, werewolves, and witches. While there these characters are tried and tested. There is no need to limit yourself to characters to western mythology.


There are so many other culture’s folktales and mythologies that can be referenced. Check out African, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Native American, Australian, Russian, Celtic, Dutch, South American, and Canadian folktales and mythology for inspiration. Many of these cultures have limited or untapped legends.


Even simply calling a life sucker or shifter something different can be a hook for an audience. An Alicanto is mythological nocturnal bird in Chilean folktales, and a Bakunawa is serpent-like dragon in the Philippines. By using other culture’s folktales, you can open your readers’ minds to different cultures and their mythologies. Karen Marie Moning did a great job of this with her blending of Scottish and Celtic references with the Seelie, Sidhe Seers, and Faeries.


Personally, I looked up the terms she used and defined to see what she was basing her series on. I know I can’t be the only one, so I believe your readers will look into your take on the Chinese mythical winged horse, Chollima!


Have fun with your paranormal romance characters. Create a new and exciting new twist to your world of creatures.


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