Continuing my Spotlight series, today author Sherry Soule joins us to discuss the popularity of paranormal in fiction and answers some quick Q + A questions (we talk Buffy!) on page 2 in preparation for her upcoming book, Destiny Disrupted on November 28th. You may recognize Sherry from her entry in the Halloween Fan Fiction Contest – she is huge Buffy fan and occasionally writes fan fiction when not working on her novels!
Popularity of Paranormal in Fiction
By author Sherry Soule
Today, author Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share! The next book in the epic Spellbound series, DESTINY DISRUPTED, will be published in November 28, 2014. Sherry is here today to chat about the popularity of paranormal themes in fiction.
Don’t you wish you could have a fairy godmother to grant your wishes?
I did and would’ve told her: Forget fame and fortune!
Everyone has dreams. Since I was a young girl, I’ve wanted to see my work in print, and read by the general public. See my book on library or on a bookstore shelf. I wanted to wake every morning and get to do what I love—writing. So I decided to write a novel that I would enjoy reading. Not for fame. Not for fortune. Nope. I wrote for readers.
I knew that the paranormal romance genre in both adult and YA novels was one of the fastest growing genres in fiction, but it may not be what you think it is. In standard publishing terminology, “paranormal romance” is a subgenre of romance. But paranormal novels don’t mainly focus on romance, and they include elements beyond the range of scientific explanation by blending together themes from the genres of traditional fantasy, science fiction, and even horror.
As a writer, using aspects of the paranormal in my storyline adds so many more exciting possibilities to my stories. I love that extra element of danger and suspense. And I’ve always had a morbid fascination with ghosts and haunted houses.
Since I love all things supernatural, and I knew the young adult fiction market was flooded with vampires, fairies, angels, and werewolves, I decided to make the heroine of my debut novel a sassy witch, who has kickbutt magical abilities. So I wrote a story that entwined all the things I loved: romance, epic family drama, mystery, and suspense. And thus, my YA paranormal romance novel, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN was birthed.
Basically, the premise of the Spellbound Series that I created involved a teenage girl named Shiloh Trudell, who is chosen by an ancient prophecy (like a modern-day Buffy) to have supernatural powers to defeat paranormals and other evils in the cursed town of Fallen Oaks. She accomplishes this with the assistance of her friends and family. During the series, Shiloh discovers that, she comes from a long line of heritage witches. The first in the line, Rowena Brossard, prophesized that one day the “Thirteenth Daughter” would be produced from her lineage. A force of good, she would be gifted with magick to battle the forces of evil.
In closing, I believe that novels with paranormal aspects will still hold a lot of appeal for teens and tweens (even adults too!). Urban Fantasy and paranormal romance novels continue to be a favorite among readers of young adult fiction.
HEAD TO PAGE 2 FOR A Q + A PLUS MORE ON THE SPELLBOUND SERIES!