If you’ve read my blog before, you probably already aware of my love of paranormal television shows: Supernatural, Being Human, Smallville, Vampire Diaries. When I have a hankering to watch an old show I’ll tune in to Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Hercules. Pretty much if it has a supernatural theme, I’m interested. The reason why (besides the fact that they’re fun and interesting) is because they get my creative juices flowing. Something about watching paranormal stories sparks new ideas in my brain.
Many of my characters have been brainstormed out of the creative flow of energy I get from watching paranormal programs. But there’s another place I get my characters: Greek mythology.
In college I double majored in Anthropology and Classical Studies. For those of you who have no clue what Classical Studies is, it’s the study of Greek and Roman mythology. I had no idea what I was going to do with the degree; I just knew I really loved the subject. (I should have known it would go perfectly with a fiction-writing career. Sadly it took me many long years to figure that out.)
To anyone who loves to write paranormal and is looking for fresh ideas, I urge you to examine Greek or Roman mythology (or pretty much the mythology of any culture; there’s a vast world of interesting history out there). I mean, you’ve got a god of thunder (Zeus), a god of the underworld (Hades), a god of dreams (Morpheus), a god of the sea (Poseidon), and that’s just to start! Just thinking about it gets that creative wheel in my head spinning. The problem then becomes which idea I’ll go with first.
So I’m curious, where do your characters come from?