Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal

Mind Sweeper By AE Jones

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Why Paranormal for Me

Thank you so much for inviting me to RomCon today. I thought it would be fun to tell you why I decided to write paranormal. I find that people in general are curious about writers. When I tell someone that I’m an author, the first question I normally get asked is “What do you write?” And when I tell them paranormal, the reactions vary drastically.

I get enthusiasm from the ones who read paranormal or watch paranormal shows or movies. Or I get two kinds of looks. The first one I call the “huh?” look. The one where their forehead wrinkles a bit as if they are processing the word. Most jump to the conclusion that I write about ghosts. The other I get is the “what!” look that says, I am not sure what to say about this. At all. Maybe I should change the subject and back away slowly. Okay… maybe I’m exaggerating a bit on this last reaction.

Honestly all the reactions I get are fine. I just spend a little more time explaining what I write to the huhs? and whats! My biggest challenge is getting someone who has never read paranormal to try it. Because they WILL like it if they give it a chance.

Now to the big question. Why paranormal? Well, I think the reason I write paranormal is the same reason I read paranormal. Because it allows me to escape into a world that is so much bigger than the one I live in day-to-day. A world where kick-ass heroines and heroes fight the fight with fangs and fur and magic powers. And the big bad ugly meets their demise (for dark paranormal enthusiasts), or at least has their comeuppance (for light paranormal junkies).

Paranormal for a writer is all about world-building. I get to create beings who can do stupendous things, and I am not mired to our current set of rules. I make up my own. There is a huge adrenaline rush to creating a world that can be shared with others.
But I do have to be careful. I need to remember that although I am creating beings with powers, I still have to give them limitations. It would be boring if the characters were all powerful. If that were the case, the story would be over in the first chapter. The characters need, what I call the ‘kryptonite-factor’. It makes them, pardon the pun, more ‘human’. As a reader (and a writer) I can’t relate to perfection. But I can relate to someone who has flaws. That is what makes writing and reading interesting.
Who doesn’t fall in love with a vampire who can take out a legion of demons, but because of his tortured past has trouble talking to the mate he is destined to be with? Now that is drama. Or even better still, what if the power that makes the hero who he is, is also the power that keeps him from his love? Cue crescendo music now.

As a paranormal writer, I am only limited by my imagination. And that is an amazing job to have!

Today I am sharing this post with you as part of my release week celebration for Mind Sweeper, my debut novel which is also an RWA Golden Heart ® winner. It was released on September 15th. So let me tell you a little bit about it….

An angel, a demon and a vampire walk into a bar. Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it's just another day in the life of Kyle McKinley.

Kyle was born with the ability to erase memories, and the inability to keep her opinions to herself. She and her teammates – a vampire who looks like a sexy pirate with fangs, and a Shamat demon with a penchant for Italian pastries – provide supernatural damage control when humans see too much. Today’s problem? A sword-wielding angel and a demon had a supernatural smackdown during happy hour in a Cleveland bar, leaving behind a headless vampire and a dozen human witnesses.

This latest supernatural slip-up is attracting all kinds of attention. So much attention that the police step in, and Kyle has to deal with Joe Dalton, a know-it-all human with the sexiest turquoise eyes she has ever seen. Kyle has no room in her life for yet another human who will treat her like a freak. However, Dalton definitely makes her naughty parts sit up and take notice, and it’s more than mutual. But before they can act on their attraction, they must join forces to solve a dangerous puzzle. And when they uncover the truth, the apocalyptic ripple effect forces Kyle to make a choice. Learn to trust again, or risk losing everyone she cares about, including Dalton.

So tell me why you read paranormal, or if you don’t read it, have I convinced you to give it a try?

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