I'm blogging over at Novel Spaces today about The Karate Kid and how common themes unite readers behind a story or viewers behind a movie. Do you believe appealing to the masses has merit? Let me know what you think!
I write urban fantasy because, well, I believe in magic. From those negligible every day moments when a smile changes a stranger’s mood, to those random acts of kindness that alter the course of another’s life – magic surrounds us at every turn.
I've been writing practically all my life – reading even longer. The first fantasy book I remember devouring was Mio My Son by Astrid Lindgren. The story must have transformed me because I’ve been all about Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Stephen King and Dean Koontz ever since. I suppose I’ve never lost my childhood fascination with the wonder of “what if?”
Since I grew up to be an author, writing gives me the luxury of morphing run-of-the-mill magic into bigger-than-life characters with problems and powers to match. I've fueled my imagination over the years by living a drama-filled life and scrutinizing human nature.
There’s no greater feeling than making up an ordinary woman and turning her into the heroine of my book. She’s always somebody from today’s world who gets caught up in a supernatural situation that tests her smarts and her heart. She’ll meet the challenge with grit. She’ll make the tough choices. She’ll change and she’ll win. But the question will always be “At what cost?”
With my stories you’ll see: Magic works in mysterious ways. Just believe.