Hi everyone –
When I write my paranormals, I always research all that I can. If I can sprinkle in as many true facts it makes the paranormal bits more believable.
Researching also helps me come up with new ideas and stories come alive… When I was researching Night Walker, it led me to the oldest building in San Diego, the Mission De Alcala. I discovered that in the 1700’s it was attacked and burned to the ground by the Kumeyaay. There is no other violence on record from the tribes. They also attacked in darkness which was unusual. Why? That unanswered question led me to place an immortal into that situation.
Before I wrote my upcoming release, Night Demon, I actually took the kids and headed down to the Yucatan to tour all the Mayan Ruins!
We even hiked the pyramid on Chichen Itza! Yikes!
In 2010, my son’s high school choir went on a tour of Belgium and France. I got to see him sing inside of Notre Dame and walk the still cobblestoned streets of Paris! I kept a travel daily travel diary on that trip and used many of my notes when I wrote the Night Thief novella….
But making these trips and seeing the places I’m writing about inspires me to bring the experience to life on the page.
That brings me to the research I did this past week…
I’m currently working on Night Child, the final book in the Night Series. This book includes my first heroine with a psychic gift. Muriah owns an alternative book store, but makes her money on the side in black-market artifacts. She’s the best in the business at locating artifacts, but it comes with a price. Her use of psychometry takes a toll on her physical body.
Psychometry is the ability to touch an object and receive flashes of where that object has been. I was lucky enough to have lunch with a psychic this week and pepper her with curious writer questions! I learned so much that my head is swimming with ideas and my fingers are itching to tell Muriah’s story… She sees her “gift” as a curse, but she’ll need to use it to save herself and the Night Walker race.
I think it’s tricky to write a character with psychic powers, because you have to be very careful that it doesn’t become a plot device that only comes out when you need the next clue, but you also can’t make it so strong that they become a super hero. It’s a balancing act, so I was excited and super fortunate that I could have lunch with a psychic and chat for a few hours about what it’s like to live with a “gift”. I wanted to understand the perks and drawbacks, and why some might see it as a gift and others as a burden.
What are some of the psychic gifts you enjoy reading about most?