This year I’m plunging into the paranormal. As a lover of fantasies, ghost stories, and all manner of creepy tales, I've been longing to take a walk on the supernatural side of the street. Now that I've crossed over, I realize that playing with the creepies and crawlies is a lot of fun.
Newspapers, magazines, and other print media usually provide the sparks for my ideas. But this story glided into my head like smoke on the wind. Speaking of smoke, several friends who’ve heard the plot inquired if I was smoking anything when it came to me. I wasn’t, but I can see why they might wonder.
Without giving too much away, here's a peek at the plot:
Amber Raymond is a 17-year-old high school junior navigating the maze of friends, parents, teachers, and boys in the technological world of 2010. Amethyst is the 3,017-year-old ruler of an ancient civilization where magic is commonplace and sorcery can work for good or evil. Now Amethyst has one final chance to break the curse that has frozen her people in a living nightmare. If she succeeds, she and her consort Malachite will be reunited and her people will awaken. If Amethyst fails, they are condemned to an unspeakable fate. When Amethyst pops into Amber’s world, she challenges Amber’s beliefs about reality and spins her life in a whole new direction. With an art scholarship, clueless parents, and a cute boy to keep track of, the last person Amber needs in her life is a headstrong ruler on a mission. And that's before things get dangerous.
So, what do you think? I'd love to hear your impressions.
My goal is to complete the first draft by summer, so we’ll see how that goes. Whether or not I do, I’m having a blast on the wild, supernatural side of writing!