Friday, February 10, 2012

Better late than never!

never was last week! (sorry about that bloggerland!)

I'm supposed to be editing my romantic suspense story today. I may get to it, once I get a handle on the teenage drama running rampant in my house. Yup, welcome to the next stage of parenthood!

But speaking of suspense, I watched a new series on TV this week (I forget the network) called THE RIVER. I am hooked! There are only 8 more episodes left and I will be glued to my TV for each one of them! Talk about paranormal elements, suspense, and a rescue plot through the Amazon! I was creeped out and on the edge of my seat for the entire 2 hr premiere!

Makes me remember why I love paranormal stuff so much. I still can't watch shows like Ghost Hunter because, well, we all know what happened at the NEC workshop a few years ago. Yeah, it still makes me shutter to think about it. I'm "sensitive" to paranormal activity - oh YEAH, THAT's the other movie you will NEVER get me to watch. But there are certain paranormal elements I find intriguing and I get sucked in. I would love to come up with something epic like this series. I'm sort of getting into the characters (and I would definitely have to have a love interest in my story - which I think there might be one developing in this series probably by the end), but the location and their quest and the pieces of this research puzzle they keep finding are just so cool! You just know around every bend in the Amazon river and in the jungle, they will be finding some exotic, weird and freaky thing! Repeat..LOVE IT!

So while this series is keeping me on my toes and making me want to write a Paranormal suspense story, I will soon be stuck in small town America - weaving a love story to hopefully turn into a small town series! Well, after I finish editing my Romantic suspense, in which I really need to amp up the suspense a bit more. I have some ideas...but unfortunately I have to leave the paranormal out of this story. Then maybe when my small town romance is done, I can switch gears and find a really cool plot for a paranormal romantic suspense!

I keep hearing that paranormal is saturated, but it seems to me that people just love to read it! What are your thoughts? Anyone write paranormal (besides our M&M'er Anita)? Or has anyone taken one of their traditional stories and added a paranormal element (Kind of like M&M'er Kari's Fortune teller mystery series)?


Lindsay said...

I started out trying to write paranormal but the stories did't feel right. They ended up sounding so much like what I'd read so I gave up that genre. Now I just kill people the normal ways

Liz Lipperman said...

Hey, Barbie, get that RS edited. As for paranormal, I added a ghost to my mainstream mystery series, and I had a blast with it.

That's about as paranormal as I can get.

Remember, the quicker you get those other projects done, the faster you can get to that paranormal simmering in your head.

Anita Clenney said...

Barbie, I feel for you with the teenage issue. My kids are 11 and almost 14, great kids, but there is drama, with the girl at least.

I love paranormal. I always have. I didn't intend to write it but it just slipped in. I think the public loves it too, and it can be on so many different levels, not just vampires and werewolves. My new series feels a lot like a mystery but there is a paranormal element in it. I'm trying to decide now how strong that element will be. As of my brainstorming session this morning (didn't go to bed last night) I think the paranormal is going t be pretty strong.
After your small town, do a paranormal, or work a mild element into your small town story.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Ohhh, I saw the previews for that show but didn't get to watch it. Now I think I have to go back and take another peek :-)

I love paranormal elements!

Can't wait to hear what you come up with.