Authenticity – and yay – another one off my plate! :)

Hi everyone,

It is with great relief to say that I have handed off book 5 of my Psychic Vision series to myGarden of Sorrow R15 editor (first round with first editor). I am clarifying the editor situation just in case you think the book will be available for sale in the next week or two – because it won’t be ready that quickly. As much as I’d like that, it never seems to work out quite so neatly.

Getting this book to this point is a huge weight off my shoulders. Not only are these books convoluted in plot, but they are twisted in the type of genre and content. Keeping these books straight, can be incredibly difficult. That I deal with different layers of reality, different skills and different ways of existence and communication only adds to the need for clarity in writing. That they all deal with psychic phenomenon of some kind makes it MR900252743that much harder – and that much more fun.

Don’t get me wrong. I really love writing these books. They are twisted with lovely villains 🙂 – and I do so love creepy twisted villains. But these books ask the reader to suspend their beliefs and go on a journey through my world. To do that my books need to be authentic.

Authenticity is important when I write. I want the readers to feel and see what I see in my mind. And my mind is a wild and wacky place to describe!MR900318654

The only problem with authenticity is when I write paranormal stories – such as my Psychic Vision series – or my Vampire Series. It’s not like I can cross over to the ethers and give you all an accurate description of life on the other side [Or can I? ;)] But one way or another, I have to make the reader believe that the characters can. That can be challenging.

In my Family Blood Ties, there is a whole paranormal world building to consider. It’s a girl holding bookdystopian story where vampires and humans co-exist peacefully – at least on the surface. But in the Psychic Visions series, these characters live in our contemporary world. As this is fiction, I can invent some stuff, but I can also draw on the many different paranormal studies that have been done, and are continuing to be done around the world.

And some of that material is fascinating. Consider some of the great psychics in history like Edgar Cayce, Nostradamus, Lydia Clar, Elizabeth Baron and of course John Edward. These are just a few of many – some well known and some that prefer to say hidden.

MR900090547The issue isn’t whether you believe these people can do what they say they can do, but that they raise that wonderful question – can they do these things?

Because it’s that question that is so important to my fiction.

I don’t need my readers to believe in the paranormal, but they need to be willing to suspend their beliefs and take a journey into the paranormal through my books.

There are so many different paranormal or psychic abilities to work with. A few examples include:

  1. Clairaudience: is the ability to hear things that are normally inaudible to others.
  2. Clairempathy: is the ability to feel emotions from beyond natural realms.
  3. Divine Intervention: Spontaneous spiritual visions that can guide and direct the seer.
  4. Empath: A psychic empath – or sensitive – takes on other people’s feelings of pain or pleasure, actually feeling the emotions of others.
  5. Energetic Healing: A psychic ability to clear, repair and balance the body’s energy systems by seeing and manipulating the aura.
  6. Lucid Dreaming: The ability to wake up inside a dream and experience an alternate reality.
  7. Medium: A psychic who connects with spirits of people who have died and sometimes with entities such as angels.

Part of the fascination readers have with my series is that eternal – What if…?

I doubt I’ll run out of ideas for this series any time soon, because like my readers…I find this field fascinating. And what a writer can do with a little bit of fact is…well…amazing! 🙂

Do you believe in the paranormal? Are you open to the concept of there being so much more than we currently understand?


About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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10 Responses to Authenticity – and yay – another one off my plate! :)

  1. I def think our brains and bodies are capable of much, much more than seems. I have had some odd paranormal experiences but at the same time, I do admit I have had doubts once in again. So I guess it depends on my mood! lol.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Dale, I love this psyschic stuff! On a recent Dr. Oz show, there was a brain scam on the Long Island medium, Theresa Caputo, that showed unusual areas of her brain lighting up during a reading. It was pretty fascinating.

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Edie,

      It’s fun to explore this stuff, isn’t it! I hadn’t seen that show – thanks for the link. There’s just so much we don’t know!


  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Lori,

    I think that’s the beauty of the paranormal. As we can’t know for sure…we are always wondering what we actually experienced and as an end result, we are always wondering just what is possible. 🙂

    I love pushing that edge in my books!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …New Release! – UNBOUND

  4. Misty Evans says:

    Dale, I love the idea that there are more worlds than meets the eyes. I watch Long Island Medium and usually end up crying. Theresa is a amazing and I’m glad Edie shared that link. Very interesting!

    Congrats on handing off that book. Here’s to many sales and happy readers!

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Misty,

      Thanks! That book is one I NEEDED to move off my plate. There was so much going on I couldn’t see straight! 🙂

      I’ll have to look up the show – I’ve never heard of it. I’ve always felt there was so much more out there than could be seen.
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …New Release! – UNBOUND

  5. Dale, your mention of Nostradamus reminded me of a QI episode I saw recently, where Stephen Fry said the one sure fire thing Nostradamus wrote was a really good jam recipe. He was an apothecary, and many think he imbibed his own concoctions of herbs a little too much, but without doubt, his raspberry jam recipe is unrivalled. LOL!

  6. Kristine Radgman says:

    I love to read paranormal romances. Congrats on finishing your latest book.

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