Poltergeists Need Not Apply

Hold on to your spirits ... Partners in ParanormYA are on the blog today!

And I'm over at Arlee Bird's TOSSING IT OUT!

So read and comment here. And I hope you'll hop over and visit me, too. I'm talking about Controversy and Harmony.


A young girl who suffers at the hand of someone meant to love her – though this is something I can’t speak to personally, I’m aware of what it is like to devalue self, keep quiet and fake a daily smile because, well, who’d believe the truth?

Being different.


The outsider.

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?

Purchase Angela Brown’s NEVERLOVE at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE.

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

Indigo Eady's life erupts into mischief and mayhem when a ghost enters her teen abnormal life demanding answers for his death.

Purchase Gwen Gardner’s GIVIN' UP THE GHOST at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

Running, writing and reading are my favorite things.

I am also a dreamer.

Have you ever told yourself that "someday" I'm going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can't do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that "someday" you'll do it. Too often "someday" never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company - until I woke up one day and realized that my "someday" had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your "someday" is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun.

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Good point. I personally don't know the bad guys I write about. They are the result of research and imagination. For me to know them, means I either work for the FBI or some paranormal outfit. And that's a no to either one of them. :D

Great post, ladies.
Angela Brown said…
Great post over at Arlee's blog. I'm with you. I enjoy a great discussion but don't need to break in a sweat for a debate lol!

Thanks for having Gwen and me here today. This is so awesome!
Linda G. said…
Looks like some great books you have there! Thanks for telling us about them. :)
Gwen Gardner said…
Hi Carol *waves* Thanks for having us today.

Yeah, Angela, the old edict "write what you know" is no longer true, really. Thank goodness I don't know any ghosts and you don't know any Cleansers or Harvestors!
Gwen Gardner said…
Thank you, Linda G.! And you're welcome:)
Johanna Garth said…
I love it when books are written from the imagination and challenge you to think in new and different ways.
loved you unexpected hijacking of Arlee's place :)
Gwen Gardner said…
Johanna, that is so what reading and writing's all about!
I write stories set in a galaxy far away - I HAVE to use my imagination!
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks to all have stopped in here. I've been out and about this afternoon, but I'm getting ready to visit some more blogs.

Oh, and the margarita machine is working again!
Morgan said…
Just came from Arlee's! So sad about the illness in his family :/

And I am SO MUCH like you, Carol... I'm sooo not a fan of controversy. Which is funny, because I've struggled with it a bit in my writing--because I don't want to cause controversy... ;)

But lovely shout outs here on the blog today. You are so fabulous, Carol :)
Ciara said…
These ladies are the best! I'm so happy for them.
Gwen Gardner said…
Alex, but you COULD become a spaceman and...okay, maybe not:)
Gwen Gardner said…
Thanks Ciara - we think you're the best, too:)
Gwen Gardner said…
Thanks again, Carol. Angela and I appreciate your wonderful hospitality so much!
Carol Kilgore said…
Morgan - Where do I send the check for such a great cheerleader - LOL!

Ciara - Me, too.

Gwen and Angela - Thanks so much for hanging out at the Tiki Hut today. Hope you had fun!
Lynda R Young said…
I'm seeing Gwen and Angela everywhere. It's so great!

Popping on over to Lee's place.
Missed Periods said…
I bet paranormal is so much fun to write!
Gwen Gardner said…
Lynda, we're all over the blogoverse these past couple of weeks:)

Missed, paranormal is a blast to write:)
Carol Kilgore said…
Jenny - I bet it is, too. One day I'm going to give it a go.
Christine Rains said…
Great post! I love writing about the paranormal. My imagination gets thoroughly exercised every day. I couldn't imagine living any way else!
Best of luck to Gwen and Angela! I'm heading over to Tossing It Out! Julie
Cherie Reich said…
I love writing from my imagination but connecting the feelings of the characters with what I know. Great post!
Great post. I love reading Paranormals. Best of luck to Gwen and Angela!

Southpaw said…
I was trying to think of something controversial about ghosts, but I couldn't think of anything.
Anonymous said…
Fantastic post. I'd like to write paranormal one day. I wrote a chapter two summers ago, pantsing it, but then didn't finish. One of these days I'm going to plan one and go for it.
Gwen Gardner said…
Christine, I read your awesome book, Fearless, and you are really good at writing paranormal. I loved it!
Gwen Gardner said…
Empty Nest, thanks so much!

Cherie, that's the trick exactly!

Nas, thanks! Paranorm is the best.

Southpaw, the only controversy is in trying to assist them. In my book, the ghost is a murder victim and wants his murder solved. Of course a murderer is on the loose and so it's quite dangerous:)

Medeia, you should. It is so much fun!
J. A. Bennett said…
What a great post! I love living in my imaginary world :)
Anonymous said…
I'm featuring Angela Brown and her book NEVERLOVE this week. And I;ll stpp over at Lee's blog and say hello.
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks to everyone for stopping by and for commenting. And huge thanks to Gwen Gardner and Angela Brown for blogging with me this week. I had fun and hope you did, too :)
C.M.Brown said…
Using ones imagination is a great thing! Congrats to both of you!
Carol Kilgore said…
Carolyn - I totally agree. Thanks for stopping by.
Arlee Bird said…
Thanks for standing in for me while I was away.

Tossing It Out
Carol Kilgore said…
My pleasure, Arlee :)