Writer’s Cave guest post!
The thing I like most about reading is when I get swept up in a good book and suddenly a movie begins to play behind my eyes. As the story progresses and my imagination becomes linked into the sentences, it feels like time slows and I’m watching this story as if it is playing out right in front of me. Then I realize that I’ve subconsciously pieced together the characters faces along with the scenery. If it’s a really good book, this process all happens very naturally. The next thing I know I am hit with the harsh reality that time doesn’t stand still in this new world, because when I look over at my night stand it is inexplicably two o’clock in the morning. However, despite the late hour, I’m still tempted to pull an all-nighter in order to finish.
I feel the same way about writing as I do reading. When I’m writing it’s like a movie in my head, my fingers weirdly feel like they’re detached from my body as I scramble to keep up with the scene that is going on behind my eyes. I hope that doesn’t seem too Exorcist like, but for me, as I’m sure it is for many writers, my “process” is difficult to explain without sounding like a crazy person at the same time.
Since I was little, I have always had very vivid dreams. When I was ten I remember having a reoccurring dream where I could fly. The dream felt so real I would often fall out of my bed and experience vertigo when I came to. After that I became very intrigued by magic, ghost stories, and general paranormal writing. I do relish a good Mystery or Thriller, but much like my vivid dreams, the majority of what I still read and write today has a paranormal aspect to it as well. I find that paranormal paired with any number of sub-genres adds another layer to a story that I want to unfold. To be honest, writing something that didn’t have a romantic sub-genre in it would also be a huge writing challenge for me. I enjoy giving character’s depth of emotion and find that writing about love is the epitome of writing raw emotion. Plus, giving relationships the question marks of where they will go, and the natural tension or humor that can surface between male and female characters is personally fun to write about.
I wish that I could see the world I have tried to create through my readers eyes. What do the characters look like to them? What do they see when they think of Draíochta and is it even close to how I think I described it? I guess having the power to see through someone else’s eyes in that way is another possible series idea in itself, giving me yet another reason to love writing Paranormal Romance 🙂