Perhaps it’s a little soon after Christmas to go morbid on you, but I really enjoyed writing this one. Hope you get a giggle.
One of the biggest reasons I think I have for writing paranormal fiction is the fact that I can so easily bring back those who have gone into the afterlife. I really didn’t realize my fascination with this concept until I had completed a few manuscripts. In The Keepers, there are angels who have the ability to jerk someone back from the edge of death, Jamais Vu is about a girl who can alter her dreams causing the dead to return, and even The Mulligan Man is about a character who has been dead for years.
If I went through each of my manuscripts and pointed out the similarities you would see my fascination with this subject goes deep. Of course, for me I think the recurring theme is partially a tool I have used in dealing with the death of my mother. What if I could bring her back? I’ve often said, I’d do anything for one more hour with her.
We get attached to characters in the same way we bond with humans sometimes, at least the dorkiest of us do. It’s easy to be drawn to the fact that in the paranormal world, they can die and not be gone forever.
For fun, I thought’ I’d list some reasons not to bring back those who have crossed from this life into the next. Let me know what you think and if you have ideas of your own:
1. The dead never come back the same – In movies and books alike, the dead usually undergo a major personality change making them less likable than they were the first time around.
3. Death is contagious – Ever seen the movies where those who cheat death are then stalked by it? Ever notice everyone they know soon dies?
4. Sometimes the dead want to be dead = wouldn’t it really stink to spend time learning a complicated ritual to bring back your best friend, only to find out she was quite comfy in her spot on the other side?
5. There will be another sequel – Sometimes we should just let sleeping dogs lie, just so we don’t have to read about those dogs again.
I had a blast making this list! Add to it and let me know what you think about the dead and their return to our world.
Monique O’Connor James
Author of The Keepers, Jamais Vu & The Mulligan available on Kindle and Nook.
Coming soon: Deja Vu and Becoming Jolie