a paranormal blog
Why I LOVE Writing Paranormal
by Lori Corsentino
Why not? It’s an amazing genre to write. The only limits you have are the ones you put upon yourself. You can have werewolves, vampires, witches, aliens, or like me, the fey as characters in your books. You can have combinations of two or more supernatural characters. I know some authors are now writing about mythical creatures of old – gods and goddesses and the like. Another up and coming trend are stories based on well-known fairy tales. Both of these trends are going to create an amazing wave, I think. I can’t wait to see what comes of it!
When you write paranormal, you do have to have rules, of course, and you must abide by them. The really fun part is giving each rule your own interpretation. For example take the absolute rule that vampires must stay out of the sun. You’ve seen it in all the movies, and read it in all the books. In Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, her vampires avoid the sun because they shimmer and thus, give themselves away. In Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, the vampires have a completely different reason – the sun will burn and kill them. I love it that you can take a generally accepted “rule” and give your special twist on it. You get to tell your take of the story. That’s definitely one of my favorite parts of writing paranormal.
When I first started to write my novella Evelyn, which is the basis of Destiny’s Awakening, I pulled rules and the basis of another world from an unfinished piece that I began almost 4 years ago. I then thought about the best way to get my hero and heroine together in a short time frame, and make every minute count. One of my favorite fairy tales came to mind – Sleeping Beauty. I decided to pull elements of that story into mine, and then twist them to make it my own. That was the most fun, I think. Putting my own brand on it. I also took it one step further. A simple kiss would not do for my characters. When it’s life and death, you simply have to have more at stake.
Here’s an excerpt for your enjoyment. I took a bit of a fairy tale, and a typical belief about the Fey and made it my own.
When she was close enough to reach his face, Evie braced her hands on his shoulders, straddled his waist, and sat on the edge of the silver plate that protected his torso. The cold metal bit into the soft flesh of her thighs and butt even through the thick denim of the jeans she wore. She squirmed and tried to find a more comfortable position. Heat spread to every point in her body. A delicious fever shimmered from her core and urged her forward. Finally, she found a niche where she was close enough to reach his lips, but where her tender bottom wasn’t being molested by his armor. She relaxed her muscles as best she could. She was here, in place, and within reach. It was time to kiss him. She took a deep breath and steeled herself for the next step. Still, she hesitated.
Maybe she should talk to him.
“You know, if someone had told me this morning I was going to meet a handsome Prince and I was going to kiss him, never in a million years would I have believed them.” The words rushed out in a long, breathless sentence. She gazed at the intoxicating man beneath her. There was no response. “I’m sorry to do this to you,” she told him, “but I have to kiss you and maybe bring you back to life.” The maybe bring him back to life was the best part. Then he could send her home. She was confident she had what it took to kiss him properly and get him awake. A dark realization rained on her parade. Reggie had said it might not work. She may not be his Ms. Wright come to awaken him. There may be someone else out there who was his one true love. The image of him with another woman stirred the little bit of jealously deep within her back to life. The emotion gave her the kick she needed to kiss him and prove she could break this sleep thing.
She raised a hand to smooth a stray lock of dark gold hair back from his forehead. It was soft and thick. The touch of the glossy strands against her over-sensitized fingertips nearly burned. That mere touch brought images of her running her fingers passionately through his hair, then pausing to hold his head still so she could plunder his mouth.
She raised herself up and sat hard on the armor. There they were again. Those lustful, carnal thoughts. She didn’t need to hold anything still. The man was comatose. He wasn’t going anywhere.
Through her erotic haze, a simple thought occurred to her. Did the Fey really have pointed ears, or was it just a myth? Was that why Reggie had wanted to see hers? If Mr. Hottie Prince here had pointed ears, then everything she’d been told up to this point was very likely true. He was a Fey Prince in an enchanted sleep. But what if they were rounded at the top? If they were, Reggie had some serious explaining to do.
She reached out and moved the golden hair away from his ear. She inhaled sharply. It was no joke. He had the cutest little points on his ears.
I truly enjoyed creating the world for Destiny’s Awakening, and am looking forward to expanding on that in the next two books of the trilogy. I hope you enjoy reading this first installment, and look forward to the next!
All my best –
Lori’s love of reading has transcended to include penning her own tales of romance. She is experimenting with writing in several different genres, including paranormal – a definite favorite. “There is just so much you can do when you step outside the known world,” she explains “and creating a paranormal story allows you to take yourself and your readers anywhere your imagination wants to go!”
Destiny’s Awakening is Lori’s first foray into the “Tales of the Fey” paranormal romance trilogy. Visit her website at www.loricorsentino.com and follow her on Twitter @LoriCorsentino and on Facebook.com/LoriCorsentino. Also check out her blog weekly for a Manic Monday, Wicked Writer Wednesday, or Favorite Friday entry.