Parade of the Paranormal
Shannon Delany, the fabulous author of 13 to Life gave a smashing workshop entitled "Parade of the Paranormal". As a writer, it's great to listen to the thought processes of another, where do they get their ideas? How do they get them? What process do they follow?
When it comes to creating paranormal stories, we know there are a host of characters and character archtypes and creatures to pull from:
The list goes on and on and on and on. But did you realize that darn near every single one of these creatures can be found in the myths and legends somewhere in the world? From Western Civilization to the Far East to the tribes of South America, Africa and Australia. When we dig deep into our folklore and our history, we can find new tales, new mysteries and new ways to captivate. If you ever have a chance to check out Shannon's workshop, I highly encourage it. I took about 18 pages of notes.
And no, that's not an exaggeration. I can honestly say that one of my next paranormals will be dedicated to her and her parade of the paranormal.