You know you’re a romantic suspense writer with paranormal elements when things appear in your stories that have no earthly explanation. You know what I mean, things that go bump in the night when the house is vacant, except for the hero/heroine. A window that splinters in a spider webbed manifestation when the cold air of a ghost passes by. Or the bloody knife that appeared on the kitchen counter, only to vanish the next minute?
Or it could be that the hero/heroine has found an object let’s say a ‘coin’ that brings good luck or glows when a question is asked of it.
It is the what ‘ifs’ that fuel my mind's eye when I am writing. ‘What if the bubble wand when used creates a whole other universe?”
“What if the hero answers the doorbell to find not a neighbor, but a beautiful fair haired witch dressed in thigh high black leather boots and a hot pink mini-skirt?”
“What if the scarred drum when beat can contact the spirits of the nether world, or an ancient medicine woman?” “And what if that medicine woman’s wisdom can solve the mystery for the heroine?”
You get the idea. I never know for sure who will show up in my stories and I am constantly surprised at the ‘magical’ tools that appear.
This all makes the journey worthwhile. To write this way I have to be able to suspend skepticism and just go for it, creating and living the story as it flows through my imagination gathering speed and out my fingertips to the keyboard.
I have a lucky charm, a marble given to me by a writer friend. When I get puzzled as to the next path my story should take, I worry the marble in my hand, and believe it or not, I usually find my answer.
Do you have a good luck charm or worry bead?