With: Jody Wallace
Here at Just Paranormal Romance, readers are accustomed to encountering the paranormal, including paranormal critters, in their reading. Whether it’s the now-cliché sparkly vampire or the lusty werewolf who can smell his forever mate, popular culture boasts many interpretations of how these beings might take form in the fictional world.
Sometimes on writer’s loops, I’ll see authors ask things like, “How long can vampires stay out in the sun?” or “When werewolves change back into their human form, what are the rules for their clothes?” What ARE the rules?
The rules? Are whatever the author wants them to be, as long as the author remains consistent.
For a paranormal romance author such as myself, I have to juggle the aforementioned pop culture expectations, standard mythology, and other media when creating the paranormal or futuristic elements of one of my worlds. I can research mythological information if I want and stick to it like glue, although I have to decide which mythology I want to pursue. Vampires, for example, behave differently in various cultural histories and certainly in popular media. There are usually commonalities, though, even when one takes into account modern versions. Wonderful works of both screen and literature remain obedient to the “rules,” even though the “rules” have changed over time.
A writer can also just…make everything up from scratch. However, he or she still needs to take into account that readers will be coming to the work with assumptions of what vampires or other paranormal creatures are like. If her vampires aren’t long-lived, it will need to be explained, since readers assume they are. If her vampires don’t burn in the sun, the new style vampires might avoid the sun for…other reasons. Sparkly ones. Heh.
But seriously. The burden of expectation is still upon the author who chooses to venture outside established mythologies.
In my most recent release – come on, you knew this was coming! – I’ve taken the concepts of “angels” and “chosen ones” and turned them into a futuristic, during-apocalypse series about soul-sucking aliens invading Earth…while more humanoid aliens are trying to save it. There are no actual angels in the series, so far, but the humanoid aliens use the Terrans’ expectations of all-powerful angels to disguise their otherworldly origins.
At least until everything goes kablooey.
The first book in the Maelstrom Chronicles, ANGELI, covers what happens right after the Chosen One fails. The new book, TRAITOR, takes place about a year later, when the invasion is still happening and Earth is suffering as a result.
Niko, the hero of TRAITOR, was instrumental in helping stop the first – well, okay, second – phase of the apocalypse in ANGELI, and in book two, his own people have labeled him treasonous for risking everyone’s safety to help the Terrans. His physician, Sarah, however, needs his help to unravel a mystery, perhaps the same mystery he too is investigating. And it might be the reason that caused the original Terran mission to fail.
Needless to say, someone, somewhere, isn’t going to want our intrepid lovers to pursue this mystery. Hijinks, car chases, gun fights, lots of kissing and cussing, arrests, international intrigue, and family drama ensue.
What are your favorite kinds of paranormal beings or paranormal elements to read about?
Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general all around pain in the butt. She currently lives in Tennessee with her family: one husband, two kids, two cats. One of her many alter egos is “The Grammar Wench,” which should give you an indication of her character. She is a terrible packrat and likes to amass vintage clothing, books, Asian-inspired kitchenware, gnomes, yarn, and other items that threaten to force her family out of the house. She also likes cats. A lot.
Jody publishes the Maelstrom Chronicles with Entangled Publishing, an Earth-based science fiction romance series. You can find other science fiction, paranormal, and contemporary romances by Jody at www.jodywallace.com, including her horrible science fiction romance spoofs, The Adventures of Mari Shu, which make fun of the Maelstrom Chronicles, among other science fiction concepts and stories.
Captain Nikolas EstherVorn is a traitor. Or so it was decreed after Niko disobeyed protocol while trying to save Earth from other-dimensional creatures. Stuck in a prison cell, the last thing he needs is to be in close proximity to sexy-as-sin Dr. Sarah CallenJoseph. Not with him damn near ready break out just to get to her.
Niko’s desire isn’t quite his own…and Sarah can prove it. He—along with the other soldiers on the disastrous mission—were drugged with some kind of toxin. Niko has no clue how the drug got into his body or why, but Sarah suspects there’s a link between the toxin and the fertility crisis of Shipborn humans.
To investigate is forbidden. But as lust becomes something deeper, binding them together in a way neither expected, Niko and Sarah must battle time—and their superiors—to uncover the secret that could save humanity…or destroy it.
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