Oh, I’m so glad you asked!Â But before I do, I want to encourage any and all of you who follow this blog to comment on anything I’ve said or thoughts that come to mind.Â I’ll be asking you a few questions as well.Â At midnight tomorrow, December 3rd, I’ll pick a name at radom to receive a free download of my latest release, A Train Through Time, a time travel to the late Victorian era of Seattle!
Sooooo, I started out writing contemporaries, and I have two published and several…on file.Â You know what “on file” means, don’t you?Â I know you do.
I thought that’s what I wanted to write, but my first novel, LOVE OF MY HEART, set in a Victorian house on the hilltop of Tacoma, Washington, went directly from contemporary off into a light paranormal element which I still can’t explain today.Â So, if you were to ask me for the “concept,” I would still stutter.Â The house itself, inspired by one of my favorite Victorian house Christmas tree ornaments, took on a life of it’s own.Â Not in a Poltergeisty way, but in the way that old houses do…reflecting the loves of people who lived within.Â I don’t know about you, but I just can’t look at an old house and wonder if the people who first lived in it were happy, sad, hopeful or full of promise.
So, my first published book–my contemporary–slipped into the realm of paranormal as two sets of lovers who are kept apart for different reasons, one in the Victorian era of Seattle in 1885 and one in modern day, manage to find a way to be together.
Another one of my books, perhaps my second contracted, ON A WARM SEA OF LOVE, started out as a contemporary romance set on a Caribbean ship when a lonely young widow meets a handsome Scots assistant cruise director.Â How can a woman, who’s husband died tragically young–at sea–ever find love with a man who goes out to sea for a living?
As a contemporary, it lacked a certain something, I’m not sure what, but I rewrote it and brought her husband back to life…and there it was…a light paranormal…think “Ghost and Mrs. Muir” on a Caribbean cruise!Â And I got a contract for it!
So, tell me, readers!Â Did you ever start out with one genre and have it evolve into another?
Bess McBride, www.bessmcbride.com
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I’m a multi-published author of four books to date, with two more on the way! I’ve written contemporary romance, light paranormal, time travel and vintage romance…so far. I’ll write anything an editor will offer me a contract on…with a few exceptions. I love to travel, and have set my books in many of the places where I’ve lived or visited. You can find me at my web site at www.bessmcbride.com