Writing Paranormal: the good, the bad, the awesome.
By Elizabeth Holloway
Paranormal is such a fun genre. There are so many ways you can go, so many things to explore. Witches, ghosts, vampires, shape-shifters, angels, and of course, grim reapers (I’m a bit fond of the reapers, myself). The possibilities are boundless.
There is, however, a bad side to writing paranormal. Everyone has an expectation of what each creature should be, their strengths and weaknesses, the way they should behave, the powers they should have. These preconceived notions make it difficult to be creative without ticking some people off. But, as a writer, you gotta do what you gotta do. And what I gotta do is think outside of the box. Haters be damned. (Sorry, haters.)
I think the thing I love most about writing paranormal is exploring the inner workings of some of these creatures, and I don’t mean their anatomy. I love diving into the psyche. How would being a Grim Reaper, for instance, affect a person? I think some might give up and want out, like Aaron does in the first book, Call Me Grim. Others would become bitter and lose themselves, like Bobby in Death Becomes Me. And still others would use the time and power to create, as Nicholas and Libbi end up doing.
Honestly, I think that’s the best part of writing, period. I love exploring the psyche. I love figuring how someone will react to the terrible circumstances I drop on them. Does that make me sadistic? I don’t know. Probably.
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Death Becomes Me
(Call Me Grim #2)
by Elizabeth Holloway
Publication Date: November 2015
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Libbi and Aaron are Grim Reapers on the run. They may have escaped their hometown of Carroll Falls unscathed, and are together and alive (well, more or less), but they’ll soon find there’s a price to pay. A deadly one.
By escaping Carroll Falls, Libbi and Aaron have broken the Reaper’s covenant with Abaddon, aka Death himself – and now they’re right at the top of Abaddon’s Most Wanted list. There’s nowhere to hide, and not a single person, alive or dead, they can turn to for help.
But just as it’s looking like the end of the line, Libbi hears word of a Reaper in hiding – a Reaper who once escaped Abaddon’s wrath. Finding this mysterious Reaper might be the perfect solution… if Death doesn’t find them first.
The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake—and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn’t shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron’s the local Grim Reaper . . . and he only saved Libbi’s life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place. And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark . . . but only if she accepts Aaron’s job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.