Sharla Lovelace is the author of THE REASON IS YOU coming out in April 2012. She lives in Southeast Texas with her family, an old lady dog, and 19 cockatiels. (The birds have their own house outside.) She can be found at www.sharlalovelace.blogspot.com , www.facebook.com/sharlalovelacescroggs , and on Twitter as @sharlalovelace.
When you hear “Paranormal”, what comes to mind for you?
Werewolves? Witches? Vampires?
Sparkly vampires? LOL.
I think the movie industry has gone a long way toward cementing those ideas in the minds of viewers and readers, alike. And the book trend of late has been heavy with those elements as well. And doing well at it. It’s a very popular genre.
My preference is what I call Light Paranormal. I’ll use TV shows to demonstrate the difference. I love vampire shows like Vampire Diaries and Being Human. But I don’t care for True Blood. It’s too gory for me. I love Haven for its mysterious mystical town, the movie (and book) Practical Magic for its “no evil in the craft” witches, and Supernatural for just the idea of two brothers fighting against Hell…and sometimes even Heaven. But I didn’t like the movie Paranormal Activity. Too much.
So I guess basically, vampires are great as long as I don’t have to be all up close and personal with their meal. LOL.
In my opinion, a perfect example of light paranormal women’s fiction is the work of Sarah Addison Allen. Her books are awesome. She’s a genius at pulling just the right touches of magical mystical whimsy.
And I love magical mystical whimsy… I love the tease of something just under the surface, but not quite clear so you have to keep digging to find the surprise. Sometimes that surprise is finding out you have magical power, or the ability to see ghosts, or read someone’s mind. Or sometimes it’s a house that subtly changes temperature with the moods of its inhabitants.
I write light paranormal romantic women’s fiction (whew) because it encompasses everything I love in a story. A woman’s journey to figure out something, search for something either physically or internally or both. A romance—because who doesn’t love a little romance? There’s always humor, because I can’t seem to keep my snarky sarcasm out of it. And then there just has to be something odd in the mix. That thing under the surface that you can’t quite put your finger on. I’ve tried writing without it and it always manages to find its way in. My book, THE REASON IS YOU (April 2012, Berkley), is about a single mom with a teenage daughter, coming back to her home town to start over. Which would be easier to swallow if the dead would quit chatting her up in public. See? I just can’t write a straightforward women’s fiction story. I had to throw in some ghosts—and one major particularly hot one. Because, of course, what’s a romance without conflict? And what more conflict than your soul mate being a man you can’t touch?
My current work is about a woman who sees/feels the story behind objects and people when she touches them, and it drains her energy. Sometimes it’s a good thing, sometimes bad, but can you imagine living that way? I mean, honestly, think about having children, shaking hands with people, having sex! Okay maybe that’s just where my mind goes, LOL!
I thank the ladies at Gem State Writers for having me over to blog today! It’s been a blast! Hope you all have a great weekend.