I'm trying to remember the first paranormal romance I ever read. I can't remember. In my teens I was a fan of Gothic romances. Barbara Michaels had some scary ghosts!
It may have been the old Silhouette Shadows books, which were very hard to find back in the day! I would scour the romance shelves at the UBS looking for those.
Then I found Buffy--and Buffy fanfic. A few other vampire books started to appear. When ebooks came out I was an early buyer, as long as I could use Paypal because we didn't trust those shopping carts with the credit card! Ellora's Cave had paranormal romances galore, and even scifi romance.
Since those early days I have been able to find all the paranormal romances I have time to read! I've written a few paranormal novellas, but all in the same 'world'.
Something has been stirring in my brain, wanting to get out!
I recently rewatched a couple old shows --Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and Charmed. I had never watched the first season of Charmed, so that was fun. I reread the Harry Potter series. Thoughts, impressions, visuals of ivy covered gothic buildings are churning, a new world is forming, flashing in and out of my thoughts. I started taking notes. I think I'm onto a new writing idea--so much so I decided to change my blog and website banner. Not divorcing scifi romance, just adding more!
I've heard that paranormal romance is dead, but I don't believe it. I think too many readers and writers still have paranormal tendencies!