Friday, July 22, 2016

Bridges Between Worlds

Today I will answer the oft-repeated question: “Sharon, why do you write about werewolves, jinnis, werelions, and other weird things that go bump in the night?” This is analogous to asking mountain climbers why Mount Everest calls their name. My response: “Because they’re here, there and everywhere.”
Paranormal events have played a role in my life since childhood. I have always accepted this alternate reality that many others do not experience or recognize. Their disbelief doesn’t dismiss my psychic experiences: dreams that come true, that I think of someone–and that person calls, and that I knew my sister was pregnant before she did. In the 1970’s while a psychology major at the University of Connecticut, I participated in telepathy experiments using the now famous J.B. RhineZener cards and other images. My “hit rate” as a receiver was statistically greater than chance occurrence.  Curiosity and pragmatism took me down the paths of psychology (BA), neuroscience (MA in Psychology), Nursing (AAS) and finally, public health (PhD).  So, it’s really not surprising that I’ve gravitated to paranormal romance as one of my favorite sub-genres to read and to write.
For many years, outside the realms of science fiction, horror and paranormal romance, it was felt that science, religion and the paranormal couldn’t coexist–much less cross into each other’s territories. However, Jeffrey Kripal, a highly regarded author who holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, where he is also the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies,  published Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred. This in-depth examination of four major figures, Frederic Myers, Charles Fort, Jacques Vallee and Bertrand Méheust,  researches the links between religious experiences and paranormal reports. Kripal’s scholarship provides a solid foundation and gives other serious scholars permission to explore these intriguing relationships outside the realm of fiction. 
As you can tell, I like to write about the tension between the scientific and paranormal worlds, as I did in Kiss of the Silver Wolf, Book 1 of the Kiss of the Jinni Hunter Series. In this novella, Charlene Johnson is a rational neuroscientist suddenly confronted with family secrets that defy her logical world. After Charlene Johnson's parents are killed in a car accident, she becomes guardian to her disabled brother. With no income coming in, she is forced to move to Eden, Kentucky, the one place her mother told her to stay away from. Once there, she's certain her mother would also warn her to keep away from the dark and sexy Zack Abingdon. A man of mystery who claims Charlene is his mate. Zack has waited for what seems a lifetime for the other half of his soul. He wants a family of his own, but the woman he has his eye on has no idea he is a werewolf. However, he knows he is the only one who can keep her safe from the evil that stalks Eden. While he tries to convince her he is the wolf of her heart, she is playing hard to get, and Zack is fearful he will lose her before he can mark her as his own. While Zack and Charlene are finding their way into love, an evil jinni who has wreaked havoc on the town of Eden for decades decides he wants Charlene for his own. When she learns the truth of her heritage, Zack hopes he can convince her he is the other half of her soul before it's too late. 
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  1. I love this concept--science and paranormal. Looking forward to reading your books.

  2. Hi Sharon. I love paranormal, especially when it comes to all things wolf! Your book sounds like a must read. xx

  3. Really interesting post, Sharon. I think I'd like your books, too. My TBR is touching the roof!

  4. Your book is as intriguing as your reasons for writing paranormal. Can't wait to read more.

  5. Sharon, so interesting to read about your background in psychology and neurology. I'm a skeptic about everything, but I also believe there are limits to our understanding. I hope one day science can explain the supernatural. Until then, I happily suspend my disbelief to read about a love that hangs on for all eternity, like Zack's for charlene

  6. Great post! I love all things paranormal.

  7. Interesting post- I'm sure there is much more out there than we understand-I love reading about why authors choose a particular genre.

  8. To (badly) paraphrase Shakespeare, there are more things in Heaven and Earth that we can know or understand. I like to think that such paranormal events are possible.

  9. Sharon, I love how you describe paranormal above. Now I have to read your books. Great post!

  10. What an interesting post Sharon. I too love to mix paranormal elements with science, I think it helps to make fantasy or SF more believable when there is a scientific rationale - and the research can be fascinating! Thanks for a great post.

  11. Hello Sharon, kiss of the Silver Wolf sounds great ♡ Thank you

  12. Both your life and writing sounds fascinating, Sharon! Thanks for sharing!😃