It is with great relief to say that I have handed off book 5 of my Psychic Vision series to my 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 that 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!
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 dystopian 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.
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:
- Clairaudience: is the ability to hear things that are normally inaudible to others.
- Clairempathy: is the ability to feel emotions from beyond natural realms.
- Divine Intervention: Spontaneous spiritual visions that can guide and direct the seer.
- Empath: A psychic empath – or sensitive – takes on other people’s feelings of pain or pleasure, actually feeling the emotions of others.
- Energetic Healing: A psychic ability to clear, repair and balance the body’s energy systems by seeing and manipulating the aura.
- Lucid Dreaming: The ability to wake up inside a dream and experience an alternate reality.
- 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?