I’m currently working on paranormal romance. It’s strange for me to say that because I’m mainly a contemporary romance writer. Although I don’t consider what I’m writing as paranormal, I guess the elements I use of reincarnation, immortality, and gods do fall into that. But its a small part of the story. The story ultimately, at least to me, is about love, loss, longing and healing, and everything else that goes into a sudden death of a loved one.
I started this story years ago. Too long for me to count. But I remember what inspired it. Or at least partly inspired it. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Eyes of a Blue Dog. It was my first exposure to Garcia Marquez when I was a young college student. The details in his story(ies) are so evocative you can’t help but get drawn in. Here’s a link if you want to read it. https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~cinichol/CreativeWriting/323/GarciaMarquezEyesDog.htm .
But other things inspired my story. It came from the loss of a loved one, the healing that came from that. It came from my own relationship with my husband. I think this is what’s so great about being a writer: you receive what the world gives you, it swirls inside you until you’re ready to write it in a way that makes sense to you, so that one writer will take a premise and will come up with a story that is totally different way than another writer.
*George Rodrigue blue dog painting series