I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase, “I didn’t choose it, it chose me.” That phrase applies to me and paranormal writing. I grew up reading romance novels—the old school romances with covers that depicted revealing bodices for heroines and exposed chests for heroes. Fast forward to adulthood and my love for reading romance novels continued. So it was quite natural that when I decided to become a novelist, I turned to the romance genre. I wrote three romances and then something unexpected happened…my next love story went dark. Yikes! What happened? I’m trucking along writing about love and eternal bliss and then a stalker, death and violence inserts itself into one of my stories. That story introduced a change.
Oh, I still believed in love, happiness, and all that sugar and spice stuff, but those dark elements forced me to acknowledge the influence that murder mysteries, thrillers, horror and science fiction had had on me as well. I had read just as many Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle books as I had romance novels, and that horror/thriller/mystery genre had risen up, demanding to be represented.
So in 1999, I shelved the romance stories I had been developing and turned to paranormal writing. Well not completely. I decided I would write a paranormal then write a romance; write a paranormal, then write a romance. A rotation, you see, but my intuitive creative self said, “no, no, no,” and to prove it meant what it said I started having personal encounters (yes, plural) with spirits. I had my first run-in in 2000 with a spirit. Then in 2011, I had my second spiritual visit and since then I have seen an angel and have been visited by a deceased relative. Needless to say, many of my writings are now devoted to the paranormal genre. Such as my most recent book titled, Lyrical Darkness. I am honored to be one of ten paranormal writers featured in this collection of short stories that are based on dark song lyrics.
I’m curious about you though. What has chosen you? Have you been chosen to take your writing more seriously and work toward publication? Have you received the call to join a book club? Have you felt the urge to sculpt, draw, paint? Maybe thoughts about pursuing a voiceover, design or music career? If so, have you answered the call or turned your back to it? If it chose you and you’re being stubborn, let me reiterate that there’s no escape. Make it easy on yourself and go with it. And always remember, it chose you; hence, all the support you’ll ever need is yours just by asking.
Honor the choosing!
You are right Ann, there is no escape!!!
How true! How true!
Well I have to say that writing chose me! I tried to run away from it for years, to no avail. Now, I’m more content than I’ve ever been because I’m writing with purpose on a regular basis.
I totally believe in spirits and all of that, and I’m also totally freaked out by it too. I’m hypersensitive to things of that nature and so try to avoid them at all costs. God does speak to me in dreams, and that’s about as far as I want it to go. If I started having visions or seeing spirits during the waking ours, I would freak all. the. way. out. God knows who to give it to!
I remember you Jamie at the first writer’s retreat we hosted. Then you dropped out and went MIA for years. I was so glad when you resurfaced because even at that first writer’s retreat you showed such passion and talent. Now look at you; setting the literary world on fire! Don’t worry about the world of spirits and such, I got your back on that count. Just focus on those great women’s interest stories (long and short). They’re sensational.
Lol, yep Ann, I went straight ghost! I was still trying to run from my calling. But I’m so grateful for the Writer’s Block and all that it has shown me about writing and publishing. Thanks for the vote of confidence!
My pleasure! We’re all in this together. Happy writing.
This was amazing. I currently feel like I’m ALL IN a particular genre, and someone recently said that it could switch once I fulfill all that I’m supposed to write. Thanks!!!
I agree with the person 100%! I never thought I would write anything but romance and here I am waaaaay off course…and loving it. Go with the flow and most of all, have fun!