These are the kinds of topics that people tend to relate to. So why the paranormal angle? Well, neither Gwen nor myself – Angela – have sat down with a ghost to have a conversation about their daily lives stuck on Earth in the hereafter. I did not seek out a Harvestor to better understand what it is like to be in the service of the Devourer. As writers, we’re often told to “write what we know.”
However, as Partners in ParanormYA, we have not put out any advertisements to have one-on-ones with zombies, vampires, werewolves or any of their ilk.
Writing paranormal stretches “writing what you know” to “writing what you can imagine”. That is often the best part: making up the rules of the new world, society, environment or sub-hierarchical system just beneath the known. Oftentimes, rules are piggybacked upon, like the way Gwen uses ghost whispering in Givin’ Up The Ghost. Neverlove takes the idea of angels and demons and gives them a humanistic bend by going with Cleansers and Harvestors.
Though neither of us have died – thankfully, or we would so be functioning zombies right now – we were able to mold and form our worlds, set our characters up and have them play out scene after scene in this place we only “know” in our imaginations.
When it all comes down to it, writing what you know can help with the believability, but when your imagination is involved – and working with fiction here – the only real limits are the ones self-bound upon your mind. Otherwise, let it soar, free your words and write more than what you know, write what readers can thoroughly enjoy :)
Are you writing from your imagination today?
For Abigail and Basil, there is a choice they both fear making. Duty or love?
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Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She's a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary - mostly young adult - fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: "You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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