“You mean it’s not the house that’s haunted, but you?”
- – Clint Malek to Shellia Hamilton in Port in a Storm
Merriam-Webster defines paranormal as strange events, abilities, etc that cannot be explained by what is known about nature and the world.
When it comes to writing, that’s a pretty broad definition to work with and one that authors use to their advantage. In recent years, the paranormal has broken away from its typical home in the horror genre and found its way into mainstream fiction and romance. From monsters to ghosts to astronomical phenomenon and time travel, paranormal has a lot to offer writers and readers alike.
For Port in a Storm I chose a heroine with the ability to communicate with ghosts. When her sexy neighbor finds out she talks to spirits, he assumes she moved into a haunted house.
Makes sense given her house is over a hundred years old.
When he learns the truth, he has to decide whether he can live with that; live with someone who talks to people he can’t see or hear himself.
I had a total blast with the scene with Clint, Andrew, and Shellia in his hallway.
I really tried for a lighter tone in this novel because while mainstream media tends to paint haunted houses and hauntings as scary or creepy, they can also be fun, if not funny.
Ghosts play practical jokes and express their “feelings” in a variety of ways. Just ask anyone who’s ever lived in a haunted house.
Moving and hiding objects is perhaps the most common phenomenon.
I worked for a New England company. Several employees lived in houses over a hundred years old, many of them haunted. Their biggest complaint was the hiding of objects they needed to get ready for work (i.e. combs, shavers, keys, etc).
Employees regularly shared advice on how to deal with these mischievous yet harmless spirits.
I’ve had my share of experiences.
Doors that closed by themselves, IPod pushed off the sofa, clock radio smashed to the floor, songs being added to my iTunes library.
My immediate reaction to these events was a wide-eyed “Holy Cow!” The secondary was delight.
Experiencing the paranormal is a wonderful adventure.
When I write paranormal, I blend experience, knowledge, and imagination to create stories that reflect the fascinating nature of the unknown.
The Real. Realtor.com recently conducted a survey of whether people would be willing to buy a haunted house, and under what circumstances.
The answers were consistent with the feedback from my New England colleagues.
What’s it like to live in a haunted house? Should you tell company that your house is haunted? How do you know if it’s the house that’s haunted and not you?
I explore these and other aspects of the paranormal in my work.
Show your spirit, get the shirt.