Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Writing a Paranormal Thriller by Cathrina Constantine

Today I'm turning the blog over to my friend Cathrina Constantine, author of the recently released thriller Wickedly They Come, for a post about her decision to write a story in the paranormal genre. Welcome and thanks for being here, Cathrina!

Why did I write a paranormal thriller?

Foremost, I’d like to state I take great pleasure in reading a variety of genres, I love them all. However, when I stroll through a book store, I’m initially drawn to middle grade and young adult books, especially novels with a supernatural or fantasy undertone. My debut novel is a thought-provoking Paranormal Thriller; Wickedly They Come is geared toward older adolescence and adults due to a quantity of dark and gritty elements.

I confess—I have a penchant for the inexplicable, and at a young age have been enamored with mystical happenings. Mainly because I truly believe in ghosts or spirits that are both good and wicked. And the existence of heaven and hell wholly surrounds us; I tend to identify this reality as a subliminal dimension or realm.

Many people are freaked-out when it comes to paranormal oddities, yet, I’m fascinated. Witches, sorcerers, wraiths, ghouls, fairies, dragons, hobbits, elves, and on and on, whether they subsist or did exist is a source of speculation.

With my whole heart, I believe in God and His glorious angels! Angels to guard, guide and protect humans! Documentation and inconceivable occurrences in regards to Gods angels are endless.
We must never overlook or be deceived by the depraved angels condemned by God. Impious Lucifer and his cohorts cast from heaven, and Wickedly They Come—


Something dripped on Seeley’s shoulder. Then a wet dribble skimmed her cheek and landed on Jordan’s arm. There, she could see that the wetness was bright red. Raising her head and sucking in her breath, Seeley gawked at a mammoth pentagram embedded into the rocky dome. The five-pointed star sparkled mysteriously in the flickering light, and a planked balcony bordered the elevated fortification.
Seeley craned her neck and peered directly upward, her bloodcurdling scream split the air. “Oh my God! Oh my God!” Violently, Seeley cried, “Jack—what have they done?!” Her knees buckled.

Wickedly They Come Buy Links:

Constantine’s Bio:

Cathrina Constantine resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two happy-go-lucky Labrador Retrievers and two cats. She is excited for the release of her debut novel, WICKEDLY THEY COME published by Black Opal Books. Constantine is represented by The Belcastro Literary Agency, and is extremely happy to be working with Sharon Belcastro and Ella Marie Mohan Shupe. When not with her family, baking, crafting, reading, or stationed at the computer writing, you will find her walking in the backwoods with her dogs, conjuring up a new tale.

You can find Constantine here:

Twitter: @cathconstantine

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  1. Hi, Julie. Thank you for hosting me on your blog today. It's been a busy month and I'm still trying to get all my ducks in a row. Your blog looks wonderful.

  2. Julia- thank you for hosting her.

    Cathrina- Great teaser! I've been attracted to the 'paranormal' type stuff since I was young as well.

  3. Angels do guard us! Congratulations, Cathrina.

  4. Congratulations, sounds really intriguing.

  5. Thank you, Summer, I'm glad you liked the teaser.

    Yes, Alex, I truly believe we're guarded by angels!

    Thank you again, Suzanne.

  6. Wicked! Congrats on the novel. I've been known to write about ghosts and fairies and witches myself. Fun stuff. :)

  7. Remember that line with the biggest trick the devil played was convincing people he doesn't exist? Yeah, we're not those people Cathrina. I find your thoughts quite intriguing as I believe is God, spirits and the after life as well. Best of luck with your book.

  8. L.G. I think we all like a good, healthy scare once in a blue moon. Thank you.

    Sheena-Kay, thank you for the compliments. Oh yeah, there is an afterlife.

  9. I also like the inexplicable.

    Great teaser.

  10. I love those undertones too. It makes for nice escapism. Congrats on your release Cathrina!

  11. I, m totally sold on that book and I truly love the premise of your writing as a believer as well. I hope you'll fancy a spot on my blog as well.
    Julie thank you for the introduction.
    And thank you Mary Pax for tweeting so I could meet these ladies.
    Thank you,

  12. I've been intrigued by all things paranormal since I was young, too. It's one of the many reasons why I love that kind of genre so much!

  13. Congratulations! Love the title and the premise!

  14. Sounds terrific! I used to read a lot of horror-type books, but haven't scared the stuffing out of myself for quite a while now. Maybe it's time to give another one a go.

  15. Medeia, thank you, I hoped the teaser peaked your interest.

    PK, yes, escapism in books is a wonderful thing.

    Wendy, thank you for loving the premise of my book, and I'd love to have a spot on your blog.

    Heather, paranormal occurrences are scary and cool at the same time.I think that's why people are attracted to them.

    Yolanda, thank you for liking the premise as well.

    Susan, I understand. My daughter feels the same way.

    Lynda, Thank You!

  16. I love unexplainable mystical things too. Sometimes - while pretending it's for research - I'll just go on the hunt for ghost stories or photos. Following links from those sites tends to be really fascinating.

    Congratulations, Cathrina!

  17. The unexplainable is intriguing, I agree. Thank you Annalisa.


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