This has been a long time coming and is way overdue- my first blog! Today was just as good a day as any to start one- it's raining here in the Northeast, so I can't go outside and play with the dog, husband or son. :)
First, I'd like to say that I really hadn't had much time to devote to a blog- with writing and all- then I thought, I didn't have time not to devote to one.
You see, I am a fiction author. And not just any fiction author. An unknown author, trying to break out in the real literary world. A Christian fiction author. I like to write about the supernatural. With demons. Well, that's three strikes against me!
Yes, I'm one of those weirdos who believe in that stuff. And that's a good thing. Hey, even most of my Christian friends look at me like I've got five heads when I start talking about "spiritual warfare", "deliverance" and things of that nature. So I shut up. And put it in a story. They know I'm not normal, anyway!
I've always believed in things "not of this world" ever since I was a little kid. I remember interviewing my classmates about Bigfoot and ghosts in elementary school. Devouring all kinds of books on the Loch Ness Monster, UFOs, Bigfoot (I even had the Bigfoot board game- see above), and ghosts (Daniel Cohen was one of my favorite authors). Looking for "Black Aggie" in a mirror as I got older. And the list goes on...
I've had quite a few paranormal experiences and know plenty of people who have, good and bad. And the bad is out there. A lot. It's just not talked about that often. That's why I was so glad to see shows like "A Haunting" come out, where they actually featured people who experienced the dark side of the supernatural. More about that later, in another entry.
I am glad to see that believing in ghosts is pretty much mainstream now, paranormal shows are popular and they even have a series about Bigfoot. Maybe now, people won't think I'm so weird anymore. Maybe.
Which brings me to my writing. I wanted to write about that which I am interested in, what nightmares are made of and what piqued a lot of people's interests. I like for the reader to use their own imagination in my stories. I am not a big fan of too much detail. In giving it, or reading it. My mind just tends to shut off if I have too much detail- I like to use my own imagination as I have a lot of it! That's just me. So, forgive me if I don't go overboard with the details in my books.
My stories won't always be about demons, or even about the supernatural (I've got lots and lots of ideas in the works). And, you don't have to be a Christian to like my stories. Sure, there are some Christian overtones, but I don't believe in getting "preachy" with my books. These are stories to be entertained by- you don't have to believe in anything at all.
You just have to like to be entertained, to read, and to be scared, even just a little.
Darla Broadwater. We will of course discuss the supernatural but also other subjects of interest from time to time- nature, gardening, even cars!