The answer to that, of course, is yes. I AM weird. I know this, and frankly, I am A-ok with it. Let’s face it, most writer’s have to have a streak of strange in them, or else how would we write? We have voices in our heads telling us what to write! Most people find that a bit weird. Have no fear, the voices have great ideas….
From a very young age, I’ve had an active imagination. Also from that very young age, I have been in love with the paranormal. My mother used to tell us stories of my aunt’s haunted house in New Jersey, and how she used to feel like someone was watching her when she would babysit her niece and nephews. Instead of scaring me (like rabid Saint Bernards did), I was fascinated by it. I wanted, and needed, to know more.
About that time in my life, I also found vampires, witches, werewolves and all manner of things that go bump in the night. Surprisingly enough, my first taste of vampires was not Bram Stoker or The Lost Boys – it was a series of books by Time-Life, called Mysteries of the Unknown. I don’t know why, but for some reason my mother fostered this love of the paranormal in me. She wouldn’t buy the Encyclopedia Brittanica, but she got me every volume of Mysteries over the course of four years.
Although my writing is mostly romance, which I fell in love with (no pun intended) a few years after my love of the paranormal started, I am drawn to writing horror. However, my horror career is slow to spark, mostly because I scare myself when I write. Yes, that’s what I said. I’m not saying my horror is scary to everyone, I’m just saying that I have an active imagination and when I’m writing horror, especially when I’m alone…I get scared 🙂
So, the next few novels from me will be strictly romance- some paranormal, some contemporary- but I do have two or three novels of horror in the works…stay tuned for a taste!