Writing :: Why paranormal?

On June 26, 2010 by Aimee

As a writer/author-wanna-be, I often think about the genre that I write in and wonder if I should try something else. The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’ because I love the paranormal.

Per dictionary.com:
   /ˌpærəˈnɔrməl/ Show Spelled[par-uh-nawr-muhl]
of or pertaining to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, as psychokinesis, extrasensory perception, or other purportedly supernatural phenomena.

So, maybe if I understand it more, I’ll see why I like it so much.

As I see it, understand, and write it, paranormal, in literature, is life as we know it, but with the twist of the above definition. So, a vampire that lives a normal life among humans (you know the book(s)), or to pull a more common analogy — Superman. Think about it … he’s a supernatural phenomena within the context of ‘real life’.

For me, I combine the paranormal with romance because I thoroughly enjoy dissecting the evolution of a relationship between two people.

Where I diverge from many is that normal people are just … so … normal. 🙂 So the use of the paranormal allows me to play with stuff a normal human couldn’t otherwise do, like see the future, turn invisible, shape-shift, that kind of thing.

But in the context of ‘real’ like because I don’t want to build a world that is complete fantasy. I like to use scenery that I know, live in, see every day, towns I’ve lived in, and houses even. That, combined with the crazy leads me to stories.

For example, in Mystic Therapy, Morgan Prince — the main character — is a psychotherapist to all creatures mythological. Real, combined with unreal.

What is your favorite genre to write in and why?