Witches and Faeries and Demons--Oh My!
By Bernadette Walsh
Last week when an acquaintance asked me what I was writing, I mumbled, “a paranormal romance.”
“What’s a paranormal?” he asked.
“It’s, uh, about witches.”
He was very nice and said, “how interesting,” but I was a little embarrassed. After all, writing about witches sounds, well, juvenile. However, my Devlin Legacy books are anything but. They deal with infertility, infidelity and the sometimes strained relationship between mothers and daughters -- with a little witchcraft thrown in for good measure.
I found that working within the paranormal space allows me deal with”real life” issues in a way that avoids a “Lifetime movie” feel. I think a book about infertility to me would be too heavy, and frankly I thinks it’s been done to death. However, in a paranormal I was able to use a woman’s burning desire for a child as the catalyst for her to make a deal with a devil-like creature.
I think its important when writing paranormal to ground your characters in ordinary experiences. If your characters are constantly running from dangers or casting spells, they can feel like cardboard characters rather than living breathing people. Charlaine Harris does this so well in the Sookie Stackhouse - True Blood books. Yes, Sookie spends her time running from or sleeping with sexy vamps, but in every book she deals with experiences that we can all relate to: shopping for a new dress, running short of money before pay day, sunbathing. These types of normal activities serve two purposes. First they allow for a “rest” in between the more suspenseful vamp action, but more importantly they help frame a relatable world.
In my first Devlin Legacy book I really winged the paranormal element. I described the characteristics of my primary paranormal character -- he can take the form of animals, he is can visit people in dreams and take over their bodies -- but I never really identify what he is, although since the book is set in Ireland I infer that he might be some type of fae. Because I was essentially making up my own paranormal entity I didn’t need to conform to any of the reader’s pre-existing notions, as I would for example if I was writing about a vampire. That provided me with enormous freedom.
However in Book Two I dealt more with the witchcraft aspect of my heroine. One downside to paranormal being so popular right now is that readers know at least the basics of the popular paranormal species: witches, vampires, weres. Since I don’t want to make the kind of mistake that will take readers out of my story, I researched witchcraft on the web and I even attended the New York Witch Festival in Smithtown, Long Island.
So far I’ve enjoyed my time in paranormal land and I think I’ll stay for a while.
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By Bernadette Walsh
Book One of the Devlin Legacy
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Horror
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Number of pages: 122
Word Count: 39,000
You will hate Him for all that he's taken, but you will love Him. God help you, you will love Him.
Mary Devlin accepted her fate years ago, to serve Slanaitheoir, the mountain spirit who saved her ancestors from the Irish Famine. The hauntingly beautiful woman submitted to His every caress, His every humiliation, but He’s gone too far by threatening her family.
Mary’s daughter-in-law is now an unwitting pawn in the fickle spirit’s game. Mary must challenge her fate and that of all future Devlin women, but Slanaitheoir is the most powerful being in the land. And when part of her still yearns for His touch and love, how can she fight him and win?
About the Author
I have always been a bookworm and had always meant to write a novel “someday.” You know, when I won the lottery and could live in beach house and look out onto the water and feel inspired. Four years ago I decided to stop waiting for my winning lottery ticket and sat down and started writing in between work and family obligations, I piled the words on top of each other until they formed sentences, paragraphs, chapters and eventually a book. My first book, a contemporary romance, Gold Coast Wives, was published in November 2011. The House on Prospect is my second novel. The first book of my paranormal trilogy, Devil’s Mountain -- Book One of the Devlin Legacy, was published in June 2012. While I’ve hopped around genres, all of my books to date have a common theme: strong women handling what life throws at them the best way they can.
Bernadette Walsh has been writing contemporary and paranormal romance for four years. She has published three novels to date (The House on Prospect (Echelon Press) and Gold Coast Wives (Lyrical Press)) and the first book of her paranormal trilogy, Devil’s Mountain -- Book One of the Devlin Legacy. While Bernadette has hopped around genres, all of her books to date have a common theme: strong women handling what life throws at them the best way they can.
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