As an author, do you use an outline to write and what is your work schedule like?
We authors have to put our characters through a lot of trauma. If they led calm uneventful lives there wouldn’t be a story. When writing a paranormal like The Necromancer I didn’t use an outline, but I did have a big list of questions about where the story was going. I also had copious notes of research. There were times when I put my main character in such a disastrous situation I couldn’t figure out how to rescue her.
On the second part of the question, the work schedule, I wrote whenever I had the time. Sometimes, when not sprouting exciting ideas I’ll just edit. I enjoy editing; adding descriptive words or deleting the unnecessary ones.
What sparked the idea for The Necromancer?
Paranormal books are so much fun. I love the ones by Koontz, King, Rice, Straub, Konrath. The Necromancer was my second novel and I wanted to do a big paranormal in the tradition of my favorite writers. It’s funny, but you feel like you’ll be writing the darn book for the rest your life. It’s a major revelation, a super rush when it’s done, because you never thought it would happen.
The book cover gives a feeling for the novel. Where did you get it?
I found the cover at a stock photo site on the internet. I searched for a long time. Then I couldn’t believe my eyes, and was transfixed by a picture. There was a tall black haired woman, like my main character, Michelle, holding a magic crystal. The magic crystal is featured in the first and last chapters of The Necromancer. On top of that there’s a full moon, great for Wiccan ceremonies, and she’s going through a doorway, showing the changes she goes through in the novel. The picture was square and I went through all kinds of angst trying to get the picture to a book rectangle without it going fuzzy on me. Then I added the graphics and did an overlay of smoke around the border. I love making covers!
Are you writing another book at this time?
Yes, I have four published novels, and my new one is almost entirely on a cruise ship. This one is a romantic suspense. I hope to have it done in a few months. Of course, I’ve already picked out the cover and started tinkering with it, which is very motivating.
Now tell us a little about the plot of The Necromancer.
There are several themes going on. One of the main one is that Michelle had a very horrible experience that has psychological consequences. This is an adult book for mature audiences. She experiences a rape, and subsequently, fears being alone with any man. She has panic attacks which restrict her social activities. She longs to get over it and become the woman she once was.
Another part of the novel concerns Omar, The Necromancer, himself. We know he’s been stalking Michelle, but he has ulterior motives that are revealed at the end of the book. I can’t give a spoiler.
The novel takes place in Hawaii, where I lived for a while and I tried to give a little background on the culture. And the novel has witchcraft so I learned a lot about that to put into the book. I hope my readers enjoy the novel.
Number of pages: 346
Word Count: 121,705
She picked the worst guy to have an affair with! - Evil stalks in Hawaii
Michelle was brutally attacked in her locked hotel room in Las Vegas. The police didn't believe her and thought she must have lured a man up to her hotel room for a little sexual adventure, which went dangerously out of control.
Michelle sustained visible scars from the terrifying and almost lethal attack, but pure fear motivated the move from her home in California to Hawaii. She's scared her attacker will come back. She's sure the next time he'll kill her. Now she has a successful career and she figures abstinence is an acceptable, if lonely, way to live.
Michelle decides that an affair with a wickedly handsome man who moves into her building might cure her of the humiliating, embarrassing, and uncontrollable anxiety attacks which plague her whenever she finds herself alone with a man.
How could she know she made the worst possible choice?
Omar Satinov, the man Michelle has chosen, is a secret, whispered legend across several continents. His lure is a mystical religion based upon Witchcraft; his hook, the addictive herbal products he sells his followers. But does he really have supernatural powers, as many of his disciples believe?
About the Author
PM Richter is an author living in West Hollywood California. She has a degree in Psychology, from Northridge State University. She has worked as a property manager for Nansay, Corp. a multi-national corporation, been a dance teacher for Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire Dance Studios. She has five novels available on Amazon Kindle.
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