How I Started Writing Paranormal Fantasy
I’m a part of Rebecca Hamilton’s Her Sweetest Downfall Tour! This is part 1 of her feature at Digesting The Words; there’s also my book review of Her Sweetest Downfall to read! Hooray for guest posts by lovely authors with amazing books! – Farhana
I’ve already read a lot of genres. Literary Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and Horror in particular. But all my favorite stories (from the Fear Street series as a kid to The Lovely Bones and The Virgin of Small Plains) always had a paranormal element that I couldn’t resist. Even in films, it’s the paranormal that captures my interest. I’ll take a ghost story of a slasher film any day! It’s fascinating and magical and at times a bit spooky, and that’s what I find most entertaining. So it was only natural that my writing would favor the paranormal.
My inspiration for writing, however, comes from many places. I love the rule-breaking of Marisa de los Santos that is oh-so-effective—though she writes more women’s fiction and literary fiction than paranormal. Then there’s Nancy Pickard, probably my biggest author inspirations ever. She’s a mystery writer—a genre I don’t usually read, and yet she is my FAVORITE author. Ever. I love the way she shifts point of view to maximize tension and suspense. I’ve learned a lot about writing from reading her books.
But inspiration on the paranormal fantasy end of things came from authors such as Anne Rice (for the rich brilliance and originality of her stories and character) and Charlaine Harris (for the dark corners of her stories and steamy scenes) and even Stephenie Meyer (for her ability to please millions of readers, despite being—as the critics say—a horrible writer with flat characters and a bad message. Because in the end, she made millions of people happy, so I’m more interested in looking at what she did right!)
I also like a bit of “realism” to the magic in my stories, which is another reason paranormal fantasy was a good fit for me. I always feel like the paranormal is possible . . . if only we had a few explanations to make it all make sense. And to me, there is nothing more exciting (or sometimes terrifying!) than a supernatural moment coming to reality.
And, speaking of Supernatural, that brings me to my final inspiration: Jensen Ackles. Because if anyone can inspire me to write male leads, it’s him! He’s funny, he’s tough, he’s sexy, he’s on my pillowcase, and his autographed photograph is framed in my bedroom. And if you ask me, we can never have enough books with characters like Dean floating around.
Guest Author: Rebecca Hamilton
Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and three kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.