Hi, everyone! Working on my Voice wrap-up for tomorrow, but I wanted to stop in and share this awesome guest blog from D A Bale, author of Running Into The Darkness. Enjoy! Don’t forget to check out the rafflecopter giveaway as well, they’re offering a chance at a $25 Amazon gift card.– Jamie
When you have a chance to hear authors speak or read their “how to” books, there’s one common refrain that pops up from time-to-time – write what you know. Why is that? When you think about it, it’s pretty simple, straight-forward and easily understandable. How can you write about things of which you have no clue?
But as an author, what do you do when you have a great idea for a book outside of what you know? I’ve found myself in said quandary.
Most of my life I’ve been drawn to reading thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and fantasy (as in Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings). I have real-world knowledge of the political sphere, banking, and a myriad of personal experiences best left to peeking out from under the rug in fictionalized form. Thus as an author, this is what I’m drawn to when creating ideas for novels.
Many of my story ideas come from dreams – or in my case nightmares. The crackpots who say we dream in black and white have apparently never visited the vivid and colorful world that comes out of my psyche! Nearly a year ago I had this intense and frightening nightmare, awoke, and immediately ran to my computer to write out a short treatise on the subject, excited by the prospect of another possible novel. Since then, however, I’ve been stymied.
You see it’s more along the lines of a paranormal mystery. No, not the whole vampire and werewolf thing – more like ghost hunting. That whole write what you know mantra keeps haunting me because I’ve no knowledge of the paranormal genre. So now what?
When in doubt, research!
First I started out by watching some of the applicable shows on television to learn what the ghost hunting phenomenon was all about, equipment used, and verbiage. Didn’t get a whole lot out of it except plenty of chuckles. The idea since sat dormant until I recently picked up a freebie book for my Kindle, A Beginner’s Guide to Ghost Hunting by John R. S. Allen. Though the writing is under par – disclosure at the end states the author has dyslexia so some is forgiven – the material was just what I needed. I’ve even considered contacting a local ghost hunting group to see if I could tag along on an actual hunt. Nothing like real-world experience to lend a smattering of realism.
So even though the author’s mantra of write what you know is always a good phrase to have drilled into every writer’s brain, it doesn’t mean we can’t learn about and explore something new. Heck, maybe next time we meet, dear readers, it will be from some ghost hunting television show.
Who says dreams – and nightmares – can’t come true?
D A Bale‘s Bio
Sometimes life emulates fiction.
Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale’s writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining…even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.
In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes “not so pretty” reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.
She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.
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Running into the Darkness Book Summary
Death follows Dr. Samantha Bartlett throughout her life until it claims everyone close to her. There’s one powerful man responsible on whom Samantha sets her sights for revenge. The price is her soul. For centuries, sex has been the weapon of men…now it’s her turn.
“I never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, I swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before…”
Second year resident, Dr. Samantha Bartlett, is swept from the frigid New York winter to once again confront the sting of death back home – and face those she left behind. But she’s not alone. A strange man she dubs Shades haunts her every step as she seeks answers to the inferno which claimed her grandmother, an eerie reminder of her parents’ deaths. The secrets Samantha uncovers forever changes her image of those she only thought she knew.
Confronted by Shades, Samantha joins a secret underworld known only as the Elite, where a web of power and control is woven deep within governments worldwide. Their sights are set on the power structure of the United States, and Samantha becomes the unlikely key to infiltrating the White House at its most intimate levels.
The quest for blood threatens to destroy Samantha. From the darkness there is no escape.
Release: November 3, 2011