My Name is Alexa and I Write WHAT?
by Alexa Bourne
I’ve never been a traditional paranormal, futuristic or fantasy reader. Occasionally I’d dabble in time-travel stories and my 1st favorite TV shows had characters with special abilities, but that was about it. When I started writing, I focused mostly on suspense along with a few contemporary romances. When people asked my answer was always, “No, I have no intention of writing a paranormal story.” But then I read a series from Evelyn Vaughn for the now defunct Silhouette Bombshell line. Her stories had a pinch of supernatural elements. They were set in contemporary times, in places I could recognize. “Hmmm, how interesting,” I thought. But I still had no intention of writing one.
But the plot and the characters of those books and TV shows wouldn’t go away. As I created more suspense stories, with murders and kidnappings and chases, the idea of writing a story with paranormal elements still didn’t appeal to me, though. I kept telling myself I had no reason to think about writing one.
But still something nagged me, in the back of my brain.
I began brainstorming a new series, one of four friends who each needed help to solve a crime. I was still learning how to be a writer, so the stories weren’t that good. But the characters stayed with me. I liked them. If they had been real people, they were the type I’d want to be friends with. I hoped maybe someday I’d be able to work with those characters again.
Several years later, I had the opportunity to submit a new, different kind of story. In my head, I thought, “Why not try the suspense with paranormal elements?” I mean, I didn’t have to write a setting of a different planet, or shape-shifters or vampires for main characters. Why not a woman who has dreams that come true? The concept in the story had been in my brain for over a decade, and the characters were still with me, too. I figured what could be the harm? If I pulled the pieces together, I could share my story with the world. If it didn’t work out, that would be okay, too. Why not take the chance?
Honestly, I think I was more afraid than disinterested. FFP writers and readers seemed so intense with their stories and I didn’t want to be a disappointment. But at this point I figured what did I have to lose? Maybe there were some other people interested in non-traditional paranormal stories just as I was with Evelyn Vaughn’s books.
So I woke the characters snoozing the back of my brain. Then I wrote. And I wrote. And I wrote some more.
As the story came to life, new energy filled me. Like a circle, the energy made me more excited to write it, which made me “meet” with the characters more, which made me try even harder. Yes, I used the same characters from all those years ago and a few similar scenes, but mostly the story morphed into an entirely different concept. My heroine had a supernatural ability that she didn’t know how to control and no one believed her. Then, when she tried to understand it, she got into trouble with the law. How could I not love this story?
(Hey! I just realized the poor woman, in some ways, was like me and my discomfort of writing paranormal stories. Neither of us wanted to look stupid, but we both had something we needed to share with others.)
Once I received my contract for this book, Wake Me, I started plotting and planning the other stories that are connected to it. As I filled out paperwork and started on edits, I also brainstormed other paranormal abilities to use in the stories of the other characters who can’t seem to leave my mind.
Luckily, both my main character, Sarah, and I both survived our first paranormal adventure. And, more importantly, I’m excited to get back to the other characters’ stories as soon as I can. Now, too, I’m proud to tell people I write contemporary, suspense AND paranormal stories!
Blurb for Wake Me
Her psychic dreams come true.
Sarah McKinley’s attempts to take her foreknowledge of crimes to the Seattle Police Department marked her as a troublemaker and were never taken seriously. Starting over in Austin, she plans never to reveal her gift, but shortly after she arrives, the dreams begin again, and the local police want to know why she has knowledge only the killer could possess.
Detective Jesse Cordell watched his mother con people with her “psychic ability” all through his childhood. He hones in on Sarah, who has means, motive, and opportunity to have murdered the victim in his current investigation. Instinct tells him she didn’t commit the crime, but she definitely knows more than she’s letting on.
Can he put aside his doubts and join forces with her, against everything he believes in, to find the real killer? Or will he do his job and put her behind bars? After all, there’s no such thing as the “psychic ability.” Or is there?
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense, paranormal and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her stories with readers everywhere.
When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV, and thinking about exercising. Okay, she also spends way too much time interacting with readers and writers on social media sites. But don’t tell her editors! Find out more about her and her books on her WEBSITE