I've always thought of myself as a paranormal author, but lately I barely feel like one. The Magic Born series seems to be thought of as closer to sci-fi than paranormal. I can't quibble with that, since I've never really been sure what genre those books are, and I wrote them! The series recently won an SFR Galaxy Award for Best Dystopian Worldbuilding, something I'm tremendously proud of. Mixing magic and cyberpunk creates a bit of confusion when it comes to genre labels, so I'm thrilled to see the books recognized under any genre.
My current work in progress is a small town contemporary romance, which is a huge departure for me. I started it during NaNo, got the fifty thousand words to win, finished the first draft in December, and am currently working on revisions. It's been quite an experience, writing something so different, and I especially love that there's a music angle to the story.
But after all of this wandering around in other genres, I'm finding myself thinking more and more of going back to straight paranormal. After nearly three years of writing other things and a full year of reading almost exclusively contemporary romance, I've realized lately that I miss urban fantasy, both reading and writing it. And watching it, too, since I've slacked off on catching any paranormal movies and shows in a while.
Since I've been a little out of the loop, what I really need are recommendations. Books, movies, TV shows. Urban fantasy, paranormal romance, dark and angsty and funny and sexy - think Dresden, Buffy, the Winchesters. What's new out there now that's remotely like that? Please share your recommendations in the comments. In the meantime, I'll be looking hard at all the pretty covers in the sidebar for books I haven't read yet. :-)