I met one author who wrote a whole line of other-worldly interspecies romance. She was a petite African American (a size zero dress would be too big for her) with copper tone complexion and shaved head. She appeared rather eccentric, dressed like some of the characters in her books and even had a strange accent though she lived all her life in my neck of the woods.
I asked her how she came up with all those strange characters and she said her “Viking” was the inspiration. Well I did meet her “Viking.” This author’s husband, a Caucasian, was a giant of a man, well over six feet and at least three hundred pounds. He had long blond hair, tattoos all over and rode a Harley. They made quite the odd couple.
Meeting them I understood how she could easily visualize romance between different beings, even different species and how he inspired her work. It takes a certain level of open-mindedness and imagination to conceive of romance between different species.
While vampire/human romances has been around long enough to make it acceptable, even desirable, I personally can’t conceive of a romance between a human and a liger (cross between lion and tiger) no matter how attractive that liger is or whether he comes from a different world or not. That to me borders on bestiality. However, it does have an audience and there are readers who can read past the physical differences and see the love in the hearts of the characters.
What do you think about interspecies romance?