I love paranormals. Anything that has bumps in the night in it, I am so there. We welcome today Mark All, author of The Spellcaster’s Grimoire, to Literarily Speaking where he will talk about the magic of writing paranormal thrillers. Welcome Mark!
By Mark All
If reading is an escape from our ordinary lives, then Paranormals offer the most magical escape possible, to exotic otherworlds where time and the rules of reality break down and anything can and does happen. They transport us to strange lands fraught with perilous situations and terrifying monsters we vicariously vanquish.
We find modern Paranormals and urban fantasies all the more enthralling because they present worlds based on our own familiar realities, with a twist.That makes them more believable, more real for being grounded in our own world.
Along with the thrills, Paranormals appeal to us on a deeper level by staging our dilemmas and moral quandaries in an otherworldly context, where we can see them more clearly.We gain insight into human problem-solving by experiencing the symbolic playing out of our own tribulations.
These novels also typically feature strong heroines.Protagonists are often witches or women with similar magical abilities, and witchcraft has always been a potent metaphor for the power of women.It’s basic and elemental, as witchcraft seeks to command the forces of nature, a symbolic control over our reality and our lives.
While these journeys are magical excursions into the unknown for readers, they are even more exciting for the writers!We fully immerse ourselves in our wildest imaginings and wish fulfillment.We rehearse our own life struggles in a situation removed from reality—much more fun than sitting around agonizing about how to deal with that troublesome coworker or pay for that plumbing project we’ve been putting off. We get into flow and explore these curious supernatural dimensions as we create them.
And if the reader has half as much fun as the author, then she’s had quite a joy ride. Providing that entertainment and respite from reality for others makes all the hard work of world-building more rewarding than any other undertaking I can imagine!
Mark All is the author of paranormal thrillers The Spellcaster’s Grimoire and Mystic Witch, published by ImaJinn Books in trade paperback and eBook formats. He has won two international writing awards and contributed to Computer Legends, Lies & Lore.
Mystic Witch received a 5 Star review from the Paranormal Romance Guild, and 3½ stars (out of 4½ possible stars) from RT Book Reviews.
Mark is a full-time author after a career as an instructional systems designer at a Fortune 16 company. Prior to his work in computer-based training, he held jobs ranging from gravedigger to FM radio announcer to professional rock guitarist.
Mark presents writing workshops and taught his “Planning Your Novel” course at the Spruill Center for the Arts.
He earned a Masters degree in computer-based education and a Bachelor of Music cum laude.
You can visit Mark All’s website at www.MarkAllAuthor.com.
Connect with Mark!
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