I am a new recruit in the midst of seasoned paranormal soldiers. I write ‘normal’ paranormal; modest tales compared to tall ones. Some writers’ imaginations leap to new worlds and fabulous creatures; my ordinary heroes and heroines prefer to hide their extraordinary skills.
My new novel, FEAR LAND, is light as a paranormal romance, but heavy on the suspense. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my journey from writing contemporary romantic suspense to spicing my books with out-of-this-world elements. Here’s my take on why I slid into paranormal quite easily:
- “What If” questioning naturally leads me to unusual plots, characters and themes. Sometimes my “What if’s?” take me way out of the normal box. I’m so intrigued by my crazy notions, I have to pursue them.
- Growth Arcs. Essential characters have to have them. Occasionally the arcs I build for my characters gain trajectory to beyond belief, and I find myself in paranormal country.
- The Art of Topping Originality is the name of the fiction writing game. I understand that it’s quality, not quantity the reader is looking for. Beyond quality I want to provide originality, a twist, a surprise…something no writer before me has ever thought of. Yup. I’m sliding into paranormal.
- Projection. I only use a fraction of my brain, and for the life of me, I can’t seem to expand my capacity. My characters, however, can and will use their brains in new, powerful ways. I can’t help projecting a better me, indeed, a better-than-anybody into my characters. Paranormal.
- Science. We are sure, now, that unlimited galaxies surround us; numerous planets ‘like’ earth are out there. I ask you: which planet is normal?
- Hopes and Dreams. My paranormal bent is to unveil a happy course for humankind (not dystopia). In the stark realities of this earth, such hopes and dreams seem magical these days. Is HEA beginning to look like paranormal?
I’m interested in your take on my list, and why you’ve chosen to write/read paranormal. Did you slide into it, like I did, or choose it early on? If you don’t write/read paranormal, how come? Comment and I’ll pick a random commenter to get a free e-book copy of FEAR LAND!
In FEAR LAND, my heroine is a child psychiatrist. She possesses a paranormal skill, mind-reading at the most elemental level, which she carefully keeps a secret. All my life I’ve wondered about/studied (Science) what it would feel like to ‘hear’ what people were thinking about me, perhaps in contrast to what they were saying to me: the ‘What If?” along with Projection. My heroine must have a growth arc…she’ll have to figure out what to do with her skill. I’ll need to surprise the reader with her skill management (Topping). I’ll help her resolve her conflicts so she has hope.
Here’s more about Fear Land:
Tally hates to hear rants from people’s brains. What does she do when those mind-screams threaten
the man she loves?
Tally Rosella, an acclaimed psychiatrist who helps children fraught with anxiety, avoids adults because their brains rant at her. But the chance to start a second child study and connect her findings to PTSD, sets her squarely among devious colleagues at a big California university.
Army Major Cole Messer, Tally’s new neighbor, won’t admit that trauma from combat tours in Afghanistan, destroyed his marriage and hampered his ability to lead. As a teacher of college ROTC and single parent, he’s focused on enrolling his highly anxious son in Tally’s study and getting back to active duty.
Someone is dead set against Tally’s presence at the university, and blowback from her battles with co-workers put Cole and his son in jeopardy. Watch what happens when people struggling with shades of anxiety collide with corrupt, revengeful foes.
Scandinavian, Army Brat, English Teacher, High School Principal, Golfer, Boater, World Traveler, Author. With her experiences, Rolynn Anderson is fairly bursting with stories about extraordinary people and amazing settings, real and contrived. Now add her competitive nature and her love of ‘the makeover.’ As a principal, she and the staff she hired, opened a cutting-edge high school; as co-captain with her husband on INTREPID, she cruises from Washington State to Alaska and back. As a writer, she delights in creating imperfect characters faced with extraordinary, transforming challenges. Her hope: You’ll devour her ‘makeover’ suspense novels in the wee hours of the morning, because her stories, settings and characters, capture your imagination and your heart.