Web Blog of Connie Vines, author or multi-genre fiction. Awards: H.O.L.T. Medallion (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent), Orange Rose, Award of Excellence--Contemporary Romance; Independent eBook Award, Dream Realm Award. National Book Award and Frankfurt Book Award, nominee--YA Historical Fiction. Blog includes guest bloggers and snippets of WIP.
About This Rumour that Paranormal
Fiction is on the Downward Slide
I'm here to confess a great sin. I write
I can here the gasps from here.
Why would you paint yourself with that
particular brush? What will you do when interest in the paranormal fizzles?
Don't you know some artist will come along and create a new, hot trend?
Sure I do. She's already here, blurring the
edges, creating something new from something past its prime.
Demystifying the Paranormal
Should I be worried? Will my chosen genre
abandon me as I'm creating my platform as a paranormal writer? I don't have the
answers. No one does. But I can narrow down the parameters a bit.
When people hear the word paranormal their
minds fill with images of a familiar world, altered from current reality by the
existence of vamps, shifters and demons. Quite often these elements describe a
sub-genre of paranormal that fall into the category of Urban Fantasy. Urban
Fantasy has plenty of monsters, as well as kick-butt heroines intent on taking
them out. (Until our heroine comes across a monster that stirs her sympathy
along with her hormones and she's attracted to the very aberration she hunts.)
Fighting for humanity's survival takes a
toll on a body. It can't endure the fight forever. It's a subtle change at
first. Creatures recede into the shadows and tormented souls wreaking vengeance
for humanity, instead seek therapy. Can a world without the paranormal be far
Of course not. They're great stories, and I
read a lot of Urban Fantasy. But I also read a host of other paranormal tales.
Paranormal encompasses so much more than nightmares given life on the page.
There's the psychic component as well, and this is the element I use in my
The list of psychic abilities is long,
often obscure and difficult to pronounce. Most of us are familiar with common
psychic gifts like visions, telepathy and telekinesis, but there's a world of
other psychic abilities to explore. Some lesser known skills include clairaudience,
bilocation, psychometry, retrocognition, transvection and remote viewing. I'm
having a lot of fun right now with the power of remote viewing in my current
work in progress.
But is having fun enough to keep your
readers reading? Aren't you afraid they'll abandon you for the next go-to
Hidden Dangers in Genre Writing
By writing in a genre category, one risks
slapping a label on their work and forever linking their writer's identity with
that genre. Can a writer survive with so labelled? Visit any writer's or
reader's forum and you'll find both sides of the argument well represented.
Fans derive their name from the word
fanatic. They possess an intense interest in the subject matter, yes, but also
in the way the story is told. But even a great story premise falls flat with
lacklustre writing. Readers crave entertainment while they escape the harsh
reality of their lives for the brief time they immerse themselves in a
story.If those needs aren't met,
the reader will go elsewhere for their fix. But is it poor craftsmanship, or
the promise of a new, hot genre that lures a reader away? Everyone strays to
investigate the new and interesting, but fans come back to those who deliver
But how will you get away with sticking
with a dying genre?
Paint my own picture
Will I write to the masses and change
genres to followup and coming
trends? No. I might include aspects of new trends in my writing, but at their
core, my stories will remain paranormal in nature. My first story, written at
the age of eight, was a paranormal time-shift. I'm drawn to the genre. It's
what I read. It's what I write. It's in my pores.
I'll continue to weave paranormal elements
amongst romance, mystery and suspense, mainstream genres that endure the test
I'll paint my word pictures on my canvas.
Those readers who share my interest and find my stories entertaining will stick
around to see what my brush strokes create next. New trends may feather over
the image, altering it slightly, but I will always deliver on my original
promise to my readers by providing entertaining escapism with a touch of the
My new release, Mind Over Matter, is
a paranormal romantic suspense.Rebecca McKenney grieved the loss of her
daughter for three years. Now, a vision showing Sabrina three years older,
suggests her baby is still alive, and the FBI agent who gave up the search is
the only one who can help find her.
Special Agent Dan Cooper is haunted by a
tragic mistake made early in the investigation of Sabrina's disappearance. Now
to ease his conscience he agrees to help Rebecca search.
Together they fight inner demons, all to
real bad guys, and an attraction neither wants to admit to. Each step closer to
finding Sabrina is a step deeper into deception and evil.
Can Rebecca and Dan save Sabrina before
it's too late?
Here's a short excerpt from Mind Over
Rebecca swallowed her shame, remembering what happened the last time
they were in this room together, the day Dan left. No excuse justified their
behavior. Not the two bottles of wine they shared, not the news that the rest
of Dan's team were already packed up and gone, and certainly not her grief.
Closing her eyes couldn't block the memory of the anger in that first kiss, or
the desperation in what followed. Her lack of inhibition in those moments still
tormented her, pushing her toward another drink every day since then.
shook his head. He kept his expression neutral, but the clenched jaw gave him
are you doing here, Rebecca?” He kept his voice low and controlled.
squared her shoulders and met his accusing stare. “Whatever it takes to get
through each day without my daughter.” She walked over and grabbed the glass
from his hand. “This has nothing to do with anything. You're here to help me find
Bree, not to judge me.”
looked at her and the pity on his face pushed her back to the wall.
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