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Monday, May 16, 2011


Creating A Paranormal Realm
By Karen Michelle Nutt

Paranormal tales touch on themes ranging from horror, fantasy and science fiction, while keeping a darker gothic feel to the story. The characters may range from human to vampires, ghosts, werewolves, shifters, witches, demons and fallen angels. Even time travel, ghosts and aliens may fall under this genre. A paranormal tale is stepping into another world to enjoy the magic of legends—new and old.

If you’re creating a world from scratch, you’ll need rules for your preternatural beings to follow. Start by researching legends, folklores and mythologies, to help inspire your muse. For your paranormal world to work you’ll want to create a convincing mythology to go with it. You may take an old mythology and expand upon it or you may want to rewrite your own and only touch on some of the traditional lore. Either way is fine.

It’s a great idea to keep a journal of the world you created. This is especially helpful if you’re going to write a series. The rules in your world must be followed. You don’t have state all the rules on page one of your story. You can pace and reveal throughout the tale. The important thing is to be consistent.

Here are some examples to keep in mind for your character building:

Where did they come from?
Do they have powers?
Are they soul survivors of a species?
How have they learned to live among the humans?
What laws do they have?
Do they have an enemy that could destroy them?

Again, consistency is crucial. Establish the rules and stick with them. Building your paranormal world is the fun part. Keep it fresh and reveal your secrets gradually. It’ll give your characters a chance to grow and it will give the readers a reason to keep reading.

In my fallen angels series, the Fallen are the Nephilim, the offspring of the angels who came down to earth to observe humans. These angels, who came down to earth, were known as the Watchers or the Grigori. They broke the rules and taught humans their secrets. They took human women for their own and children were born from this union. For these transgressions, they were banished from heaven.

The Nephilim do not want to offend God further and have continued to watch the humans and record history. They can shift at will into their angelic side with wings and all, but on the human realm, they must blend in and take on their human form. They can interact with humans without interfering with their destinies. They are not allowed to have relationships with humans on any intimate level.

In the first book, Eli: Warriors for the Light, Eli breaks the rules and not only reveals his true self to a woman, he has fallen in love with her
Eli is to be sentenced for his crime, but he argues against the Elders of the Grigori that his love is true, that he’s found his soul mate. Since the Grigori believe they are soulless, they are intrigued by Eli’s claim. With Eli’s bold move, he’s opened up the possibility that the Nephilim are not the soulless creatures they once believed.

In Book Two: Lucca: Warriors for the Light, Lucca Marlowe has a dark past that threatens to destroy him. He’s banished for crimes against one of his fellow brethren. The elders bind his glamour and wings, casting him to the human realm. He’ll either learn to respect and embrace his human side or live out eternity trying.

Lucca does not live a mundane life. Angels and demons demand he do their bidding. His estranged father resurfaces after centuries of being absent and he’s brought a friend from Hell.

To make his life more complicated, he fears he found his soul mate in a human female. Only Juliet Romeo has a secret that will bring the wrath of Heaven down upon both their heads.

It’s a race against time to find out who will end up with his soul.

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Karen Michelle Nutt is the author of paranormal romances, writing for Tease Publishing LLC, The Wild Rose Press, Highland Press, Victory Tales Press and RJV Publishing.

Time Travels have been her passion. She's always been intrigued with the possibility of being able to reach back in time and change the past. Common sense says influencing the past isn’t impossible, but she can’t help but wonder: What if she can?

Fallen Angels, vampires and shape shifters embrace her darker side where their worlds intertwine with ours.

She shares her life with a wonderful man, three lovely children and house full of pets. In her spare time, she reviews for Paranormal Reviews, a great place to find paranormal books and other genres. Her new passion is the wonders of Photoshop. Her header for her website and blog were her first projects. She's since created book covers for Victory Tales Press and Western Trail Blazers.


Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Thanks so much for having me here to share. :)

P.L. Parker said...

Hi Karen - love the cover of your book - woohooo! I love this kind of stuff, will have to get a copy. Never read much but paranormal - I love time travel too!

StephB said...

Sorry I didn't get here sooner. It's always nice to find another another who enjoys writing the paranormal as much as I go and I think focusing on ghosts and otherwordly abilities is perfect for your westerns settings.

I think you are spot on about defining the rules of the paranormal world you wish to build as well as researching myths and legends. Doing both of those helped my paranormal writing.

Happy sales!

Sarah J. McNeal said...

A very informative and interesting blog, Karen. It is so important to work out the rules in a world-building process. It lends realism to the story.
I was so intrigued by your books Eli and Lucca that I bought them today. I take it that Eli should be read first. i know I will not be disappointed. I wish you all the best.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...


Thanks so much for stopping by. I love how Lucca's cover turned out.

Paranormal and Time travel is a passion for me as well. :)

Take care!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...


It's never too late to visit! :)

Thanks so much for coming by.

I'm enjoying writing my western tales, too. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said...


Thanks so much! How sweet of you. The books do stand alone, but yes, Eli is the first in the series. I would start with his tale. :) I hope you enjoy their stories.

Terra Pennington said...

Oh man I want this books so bad i can tast it. Got it on my wish list.


Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Hi Terra!

Thanks for stopping by. I'm so thrilled you're looking forward to reading Lucca's story.

He has a lot to say. :)