Sunday, October 16, 2011
Weaving Real Life Stories into Fiction ~ INTERACTIVE POST
I love to weave real life stories into my work. In fact, research is what I love most.
My writing has taken a darker turn. I've always loved writing paranormals but now they border on romantic horror. Can the two even exist together? I think so. What blended genres do you enjoy reading?
Have any of you used a true story or legend to build a story? I did this with Nocturnally Vexed when I incorporated Jack-the-Ripper into my paranormal romance. I'd love to hear about your story building techniques.
I'm fascinated with ghosts. Voodoo Moon contains the true story of Annie Palmer, owner of Rose Hall Plantation in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I've been to the plantation and believe me, it's pretty creepy. As legend goes, she killed several of her husbands and called many slaves to her room. She had them all killed as well. I used the premise of this legend to build Voodoo Moon while incorporating paranormal elements, magick and voodoo rituals.
Here's the photos of Rose Hall Plantation from the front and back. Note the back high window where Annie stood every morning giving out orders to her slaves. The first picture is her grave. The slaves built an above ground tomb to ensure that her spirit would not walk the earth. I don't think it worked. There have been many sightings of The White Witch. Her room in particular is extra spooky. Her face has been seen in the bedroom mirror. You can google her name and find many ghost photos.
Happy Haunting, Happy Reading and Have Fun Weaving Real Life into Your Work!