Monday, August 09, 2010

Guest - J L Wilson

Good morning, everyone! Today's guest is J L Wilson is a Midwestern author who writes a paranormal-political series ("The New Human Intercession") as well as ‘mysteries with a touch of romance … and romance with a touch of gray.’ She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and other assorted spots (this link tells you where: http://tinyurl.com/ak8hl8 ).


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Why do we write paranormal fiction?

Well, I don't know about you, but I started on this path because I was so fed up with politics, governments, and social nonsense in the world today. I thought, 'hmm. What if people were on another planet, and they had paranormal talents, and they formed a government ...How would it be structured?' What if we had a big 'do-over' and could try to get it right this time?

That had a lot of appeal to me. I started playing around with the idea and quickly realized that even though a supposedly 'perfect' world was created -- a world where guilt & innocence is easily discovered because of telepathy, a world of solar power, and little pollution, and social equality -- there were still problems. Why?

People. Any time you get a bunch of people together, there's bound to be problems. As the story of my characters evolved, the story of the planet evolved. Why were these people there? Where did they come from? They were exiled -- and why? And what would happen if there was one big dirty secret in their past, one that people would kill to hide.

When I wrote the first book in my series (Human Touch -- released last year), I had a distinct set of heroes and villains in mind. By the time I finished the second book (Living Proof, just released), I had a different set of villains. And by the time I got to the third book (Leap of Faith, releasing next year), I had a whole different perspective on the problems these people faced.

I think this is why I love being an author. I get to take an idea that intrigues me, spin it and play with it, see where it takes me, and finally create something that others want to read. And often that 'intriguing idea' is directly based on something that annoys me and how I could 'solve it' with fiction. So that's why I write about the overthrow of governments, the death of annoying people (in my mystery stories), the need for second chances (in my reincarnation series) or how to get two totally unsuited people together (in my romantic suspense books). It is SO much fun and satisfying to address that challenge and solve it...even if it's only in fiction!

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Isbel Kensington's lack of paranormal Talent makes her unique, especially given her powerful paranormal family who run the planet Delmorna. Isbel's studies into ancient diseases uncover an old family secret which threatens the stability of the government run by Isbel's devious sister Dru.

Cyrus Durant is a cloned human and undercover cop who has to act as Isbel's Paid Male during her research holiday. He has to get close to her and determine if she's involved in Dru’s treasonous plots. Cyrus has never been this close to a woman. The experience is overwhelming, especially when he and Isbel start to form an intimate psychic bond.

As Isbel's research unearths the truth about the planet's history, she and Cyrus become targets in a deadly political struggle. In a final confrontation with her family, Isbel finds out just how deeply blood ties run -- and how easily they can be severed.





Dru Delaney, one of the planetary Leaders of Delmorna, doesn’t quite trust Jak Exo, her co-Leader. Exo is too handsome, too kind, and too intelligent for the strong-willed Dru. When he announces he’s leaving to explore the uncharted Northern continent, Dru decides to go with him to keep a closer eye on the man. But what they find on that continent is more than just a lost civilization: they find passion, duplicity, and living proof of a secret that will shake the government and their society. Now Dru has to escape with her life – and her heart – intact ...

For more information about the books, check here:
http://www.jayellwilson.com/MAINfuturistic.htm

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-- Lynda Again

Hope you've enjoyed today's guest blogger. This was a great 'what if' article explaining how we paranormal/SF authors get and work our ideas :-)

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12 comments:

Anny Cook said...

I enjoyed Human Touch very much and I'm looking forward to Living Proof! Excellent book!

J L said...

Thank you, Anny -- I had a lot of fun creating Jak & Dru's relationship (as well as continue what happens with Isbel & Cyrus)!

Pauline B Jones said...

Love that idea and LOVE "what if" plots! great article, thanks!

J L said...

I swear, "What if" is where most of my plots come from. "Hmm. What if I could murder that annoying person?" "What if I could change the political structure of the planet." "What if..."

Maggie Toussaint said...

Hey JL,

I love your ficitonal worlds. Wishing you all the best with each and every release!

Maggie Toussaint
www.mudpiesandmagnolias.blogspot.com

J L said...

Thanks, Maggie -- I'm glad you could take time away from the new grand-baby to drop by!

Linda Andrews said...

I love what if questions and am intrigued by the answers you've written. Will there be more books in the series or just the 3?

Nicole H. said...

Very interesting blog! I have got to look into getting Human Touch and review it! It's so nice to hear how authors think!

Taylor Tryst said...

Great blog, and getting people to ask questions is an incredible way to get them interested in paranormal fiction!

Can't wait to read Human Touch Living Proof. They are in my TBR pile!

J L said...

Linda: There are 3 books in this part of the series. I'm actually working on the prequel to this series. I'm planning 6 books for that. It will provide the framework for why these people are on this planet. I figure that will take me a year or so to write (if not more!)

J L said...

Thanks, Nicole -- I think if you read HT, you'll see my idea of a perfect society (with a few pesky problems, of course, to keep things interesting)!

Taylor: I know how busy you are -- I'm flattered that I'm in the Pile!

Nancy J. Cohen said...

Your books sound interesting. That's how the premise for my current release started, too. I wondered What If the hero and heroine were both after the same bad guy but for different reasons? What would happen when they caught the guy? All it takes is a thread to start the spool unraveling. Sounds like you are prolific in varied genres!