As for the title of this blog, I have to tell you that my life has been loaded with paranormal happenings and inspirations of an unusual sort. So, before I get into that, I'll tell you all a wee bit about me as an author so you know who's who.
I'm Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, and everything I write, or have ever written, falls in the "paranormal" category. Paranormal should be my middle name.
I write for Kensington,
Dorchester, and Nocturne. My first vampire story was in the Immortal Bad Boys anthology, alongside Rebecca York. Dark historical vampire fare for me. That book has been re-released this month in a mass market sized paperback. Yay. Then I wrote a girly, fluffy, goofy werewolf book for the American Title 3 contest, that was published last year by Dorchester - called "Barbie and the Beast." Dedicated to the art of paranormal dating. Ha.
Since then, I've been writing dark contemporary werewolves and vampires for Silhouette's Nocturne imprint. I'm working on my ninth project for them - first with a "Wolf Moons" series, and now a "Vampire Moons" series, and I'm having the time of my life.
Writing paranormal tales is pure bliss. So, where does this love of the paranormal come from? Answer: Genes.
It's the only explanation.
I wrote and illustrated my first paranormal novel at the age of eight, and I still have that book. Back then, it was Leprechauns, Silkies, and Fairies. See what I mean?
My family had "Scary Tales Night" by the fireplace on weekends, where my folks told us strange things, and we had to make up our own tales to contribute. We watched old black and white horror movies with pillows in our hands, so that we could cover up our faces during really scary parts. We traveled by car great distances to visit relatives in the summertime, and sometimes drove all night to get there... across the deserts of the west. To make the drive not seem like a drive, my dad would tell us stories about old Route 66, phantom lights, and diners that burned down, but refused to die.
My first book came out of those old tales my dad told, and titled "Café Heaven - An Autobiography of the Afterlife" - about guess what? A diner that refuses to die. It's dedicated to my dad, who had passed away. But I will swear to you right now, (and maybe you have to have had some sort of experience like this yourself), that my dad whispered this story to me from the Great Beyond. Therefore, it's the book of my heart, and of my lifetime.
Getting weepy here, sorry.
After college, I became a teacher. But in the summer breaks, I was a private tour guide in
. I spent a lot of time there, taking people around to megalithic sites that make the crowds at Britain Stonehenge seem like English Disneyland. I sought out British dowsers and non-fiction authors, and traveled with them to the unknown places. I studied stone circles at night with scientists who were monitoring them for "unusual activity." Trust me on this: there is no site over there that doesn't have some sort of activity going on, spooky or otherwise! Been there!
Did I mention that I see dead people?
You can see, then, that it was a short leap to writing gothics... vampires and werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night. It's just a continuation of my love for that certain something, the special atmosphere that eludes capture, and is viewed only out of the corner of your eye.
I can create those sorts of worlds as I see them when I write. Fiction, specifically paranormal romance and urban fantasy, make me feel right at home.
I'm still a teacher in the day gig. I write under tight deadlines for Nocturne, so my imagination can take flight at the end of the day, and I feel... well... at the same time both free and connected. The paranormal world is my world. I didn't just jump onto a fad bandwagon. I live it, and always have. So, I do hope you've tried, or will try out my books for size, and come along on my ride. Share the love of the extra-normal.
I'll be waiting to hear from you now, checking for comments between my classes, and yearning for a connection with you.
Because I wonder what brings you to the paranormal ??? Keeps you reading / writing / watching those TV shows?
Cheers for now -