Saturday, April 21, 2012

Once More With Feeling

photo by Flavia

You know what I love about writing paranormal? I love writing about people who are living through extraordinary circumstances - and feeling very ordinary emotions about them. Because our emotions are all the same. It doesn't matter if you are feeling left out because you are grounded when all your friends are going out, or if it's because you can't leave the house while the sun is out or you'll turn to ash. It doesn't matter if you're worried because you're boyfriend is having one drink too many, or if it's because the full moon is about to rise and he hasn't locked down. Left out is left out. Worried is worried. Have you heard of the great acting teacher Stanislavski? He said that anyone who had ever stalked a fly could play Othello plotting to kill Desdemona - because the emotions are the same, just on a bigger scale, like the same song played at a higher volume. I hope that when people read my paranormal stories they feel like they have been through something extraordinary. But I also hope they feel like they have experienced the characters very ordinary emotions, and I hope that they feel a lot like their own.

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