I often use Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness, where I live, as my paranormal book settings. Why? Because in isolated areas, anything can happen. I also use alternate worlds for paranormal happenings, because then I’m not hampered in my writing by the “real” world.
The Underworld, an alternate world I’ve created, has nothing to do with Satan and damnation. It lies close to our world. It’s possible for humans to fall into this underworld if they’re close to a gate, as the heroine does in my second story, coming in January, Unwanted.
It’s also possible for those in other alternate worlds to fall into the underworld by accident or to be drawn into it by a guide. Guides are extremely rare and are the only ones who can pass back and forth between worlds and even escort those from other worlds. This is what happens in my first story, Unwise, out this month from Eternal Press. http://www.eternalpress.biz/
These paranormal suspense romances that I've created are also fantasy based. Each novel in this series features a different country in the Underworld.
In Unwise, which is available now from http://www.eternalpress.biz/ the country is Halona, which is a kingdom. The heroine, Princess Lelani, is the eligible young daughter of a widowed king, She has always dreamed of being courted by a handsome prince and is distraught when her father informs her that he has betrothed her to another older widowed king.
She doesn’t rebel, but she does go on a picnic with all her attendants. When a storm interrupts the picnic, what happens changes her entire life.
The next book in the series, my work in progress, will be titled Uncanny. As far as I know now, this book will take place totally in an Underworld country, but that’s not nailed down yet. It’s about a baby that never would have survived infancy if not for someone else’s need.
Although I’m a plotter, sometimes a better idea strikes me as I’m writing, and I incorporate it, which changes the entire outcome of the book.
Why am I a plotter? I don’t plot, I tend to wander down dead ends and pathways that lead nowhere. If I change Uncanny, I’ll have to rewrite my synopsis to fit the new tale that will emerge from the change. Of course, I often don’t stick rigidly to the plot. With a synopsis lifeline available, I can dig my way out of the muck, shake off the wordy mud and get back on the path.
Look for Unwise now at http://www.eternalpress.biz/