Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ghosts and #Angels - #Paranormal Postings

I'm a fan of all things paranormal, but ghosts are my particular obsession.  I’ve always wanted to see one.  If there’s a Haunted Walking Tour, I’m there.  But no luck, so far, seeing one in "person".  I love all those paranormal reality shows on TV.  I’ve even considered paying to spend the night in a haunted colonial jail a few towns over.  Apparently, no one has made it through the night yet!  If they had indoor plumbing, I would do it.  For now, I'll be using the old jail in my current work-in-progress, HAUNTED SOULS.
Although I've never seen anything, I've had other experiences.  In addition to that incident, something odd happened the other night.  I awoke to a strange noise: I thought I heard someone climbing the stairs over and over, up and down, accompanied by the sound of change jingling from a pocket.  Now, my husband runs a few mornings a week, and sometimes he does the stairs a few times to warm up, but I lay there in the dark thinking, why does he have a pocketful of change when he’s going running?  Then I rolled over and saw that he was still in bed next to me, and both our sons were at sleepovers.

The noise stopped, but I still had to get up and investigate.  I didn’t find anything, but in the darkness of 1:30 a.m., I decided maybe it wouldn’t be so cool to see a ghost.  At least not in my own home!

But I admit I had a lot of fun writing the scenes in SILVER LAKE when our heroine Rain Anderson actually sees the ghost.  As much as she wants to help her old friend’s spirit find peace, encountering her ghost is terrifying.  Luckily Jason is at the lake house too—but even he, a Fourth degree black belt in Karate, can’t do much about a ghost determined to get her message through!
I had to tap into a more sinister place to bring the ghost in GULL HARBOR “to life”.  While I would never define my novels as horror stories, the paranormal parts are designed to elicit a few chills.  And the ghost in GULL HARBOR is very angry and aggressive—for a good reason.  Can psychic medium Claire Linden figure out what happened before tragedy strikes again?  And can Max Baron, her former boyfriend, get past Claire’s resentment in enough time to try to help keep her safe?

For my third novel, I found inspiration in a new place--the Old Testament of the Bible.  I was reviewing the story of Noah and the Ark one night for a Sunday School class I had to teach, and I came upon the Book of Enoch.  This text contains the passage about Nephilim, the offspring of male angels and female humans.  An idea sparked for my first YA paranormal romance, DIVINE FALL.  This book will be releasing at the end of the month, and I'm so excited!  If you'd like a peek at the characters and setting, check out my Pinterest board.  You can also add DIVINE FALL to your Goodreads list here

It was fun researching angels for this project, but the beauty of writing paranormal fiction is the ability to allow your imagination to fill in the details.  I'm always careful to try to stay within certain boundaries--I want a story grounded in reality, so that the paranormal elements aren't an enormous leap.  All the supernatural occurrences are backed up with explanations, even if those explanations are created in my mind.  I constructed quite a story about the Nephilim in my head, despite the fact that there are only a few small paragraphs about them in the Bible: in Genesis (Book of Enoch) and Numbers 13:33.  If you enjoy YA paranormal romance filled with dark suspense and forbidden love, I hope you'll give it a try!



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