Determined to prove she’s fit for the family business, exorcist Jade Clarence knows the assignment waiting in Maine is her last chance. Born into a family of exorcists, Jade’s unorthodox ideas have gotten her into trouble in the past...and cost the life of a client.
After haunting a Maine state park for more than a century, Dutch Hutchinson will do whatever it takes to bring an end to his unfulfilling existence. When an act of arson brings a beautiful exorcist to town, Dutch takes corporeal form in order to spend his last hours in her company.
Jade quickly uncovers Dutch’s true identity and finds herself falling for the man behind the spirit. But when Jade’s legacy threatens their future, they will have to overcome the greatest of odds—life and death.
Thank you, Mrs. Gilman
It is said that love conquers all. But can love exist between a ghost who wants his ending and an exorcist?
This is the beating heart of the romance genre, as opposed to love stories on the general fiction shelf: Love and Happy Ever Afters are always possible! As for a ghost and an exorcist, I think they are the perfect combo for a paranormal romance. Plenty of conflict exists, which makes the happy ending all the more satisfying.
Why do you think that we, the girls, are attracted by impossible love? What about boys (aka men)?
Perhaps it’s because we all know on a deep level that it’s never impossible and we aren’t willing to give up easily.
Ghosts: different types, different approaches – how are yours?
Like many paranormal characters, ghosts present the opportunity to use a variety of skills and powers. The ghosts in the world of Ghosts of the Falls, just the like real world—if you’re a believer—often just cause orbs and cold drafts, but some are stronger. Also like the real world, factors such as why and where they died effects how powerful the spirit becomes. When a ghosts is powerful enough, there’s not much to limit what he can do, and I used that to make the romance plot work.
What is the best proportion between action and romance in a Paranormal Romance or/and what is the most important ingredient to have a good Paranormal Romance?
Balancing action and romance is all about what fits the specific story line and characters. If the hero and heroine are fighting a vampire army, there’s going to be a lot more action than a story about being snowbound alone in a cabin. I’ve read all variations and I’m glad for that. It’d be dull if they were the same.
What is the biggest challenge when you write a short story?
The biggest challenge is knowing when to and when not to write one. Writing a short story should rarely be the goal—but that’s an easy trap to fall into.
The goal has to be telling a story, not reaching a specific word count. Fitting a story to a limited word-count range almost never works, in my opinion. Characters end up underdeveloped and the story feels rushed.
Instead, the writer needs to just write the story. Every page needs to say exactly what it needs to say, no more, no less. Some stories can be told in 10,000 words. Some need 80,000. It depends on the plot. Does a story idea include two main characters with one central conflict, or six major characters with three or four interwoven conflicts? That’s what’s important: story always determines word count, not the other way around. In my humble opinion. J
How big is the temptation to transform a short story into a novel. Which are your pros and contras?
Same idea as my answer in the question above. If a story (inciting incident, conflicts, resolutions) is complete at, say, 20,000 words, what can be added to it to reach 80,000 (average novel length) words? Scenes where the characters sit and drink tea for a day and talk about the weather, that’s what. That’s not good storytelling.
The complete, well-paced story is what’s important, no matter how many or how few words it takes to write it.
Sarah Gilman started her first novel in third grade. She never finished that story, but never gave up the dream. Her fascination with wings also began at that age, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. Now a paranormal romance writer, she employs her love of writing to bring the allure of winged creatures to the pages of her novels. Sarah lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.
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