I’m going to chop this list in two. 5 reasons why I write fantasy/paranormal and 5 reasons why I read it.
Why I read Fantasy and Paranormal:
5. Seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. It’s always interesting to have a different perspective—to try to understand how someone else thinks. Fantasy and paranormal stories allow readers to see into other’s imagination.
4. Making friends (or not). For me, the character’s in great stories can become friends—family, even. I know these character’s. I want to live in their worlds. Who didn’t want to fight alongside Harry Potter against Voldemort, or help Bilbo Baggins climb that mountain? Who didn’t want to scream with Katniss Everdeen? We readers love our character’s.
3. Exploring other worlds. This to me is a double reading/writing reason. How awesome is it to wander around in a world someone created from sheer imagination? Too cool.
2. Getting a glimpse into the workings of other writer’s heads. That one sounds a little weird probably. But it’s fascinating to see how other author’s imaginations work. Especially if I love their books. As a reader and writer, I believe we have a few geniuses in the writing community, and it’s an honor to be among them.
1. Most important reason: transportation. Good stories have the ability to take me off the couch, out of the car, away from my surroundings, and sit me in the middle of someone else’s world—someone else’s problems. Their life. Nothing is better than that. 😉
Why I write Fantasy and Paranormal:
- Flow, speed, movement. Although I sometimes try to slow it down, my writing style seems to have a quickness to it. A rapidity. I like to read stories that move. And for me, young adult fantasy and paranormal stories want that speed. It’s a natural fit.
4. Creative expression, of course. Writing is an outlet. A way of seeing the crazy images and dreams rattling around inside my head on paper and then sharing them.
3. Exploring other worlds. Like number 3 above, except on the writing end. I get to create my own worlds to wander through. Amazing.
- The ability to let my ideas and imagination go uncontained. I can’t think of another genre that allows so much creative freedom. (Well, maybe sci-fi. 😉 Maybe.)
- Because it’s in me. Other writer’s hear this all the time, and I’ve given this answer several times, too. Why do I write fantasy? Why paranormal? Why YA? The answer is always the same: Because it’s in me. It’s what comes out when I sit down at my laptop to write. And I’m really thankful for that.
Thank you, Linda, for hosting me. 😉
Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you check out Tied everyone. It’s sure to rock your boat. 🙂
Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.
Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.
Or is that all in her head?
Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.
No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?
The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.
In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.
Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?
The answer may never be far enough … away.
With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.
By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.
A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.
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One signed paperback copy of TIED, 2 E-book copies of TIED, and 2 signed TIED bookmarks