Cheryl Brooks | When the Supernatural Becomes Natural
July 10, 2014
The ďTopic of ChoiceĒ option for a guest post during a blog tour can be a tough
one for a writer. Discovering the seed of an idea seldom occurs instantaneously,
and sometimes you have to fiddle around a bit before you find it. Since Iím
obviously here to promote my latest release, REBEL (book
ten of The Cat Star Chronicles), I should probably talk about that. But
would that be too pushy, too mercenary, too self-serving? Who knows? Guess Iíll
just start typing and let my fingers take me wherever they want to go, which is
the best way Iíve found to overcome writerís block. See? Iíve already written
over a hundred words! Whoo hoo!
That being said, writing is not an easy job. The amount of time it takes to
write a book is incredibleóREBEL weighs in at a
little over 99,000 wordsóand when you factor in the necessary research, editing,
and critiquing, the hours required to finish a book increase exponentially. Iím
very thankful I wasnít published prior to the advent of the word processing
computer because Iím a terrible typist. In the previous sentence alone, I made
three mistakes that were easily corrected and some that my trusty Toshiba fixed
for me. Back in the days of carbon paper and white-out, I never finished a
manuscript, although I did try. The Internet has made research easier than ever,
but there is still a danger of getting side-tracked. Before you know it, the
time designated for writing is gone for the day.
Speaking of days, since today is Supernatural Thursday here on Fresh Fiction, I
should probably talk about that. Iíve already touched on computers, and for my
money, they border on being paranormal. Sure, science is explainable to those
who study its mysteries, but to others, itís nothing short of magic. So are the
cars and planes that take us from place to place. I can put gas in my carís tank
and change a tire, but if something goes wrong under the hood, Iím lost.
Starships would be no different to those who merely fly them. After all, even
Captain Kirk couldnít fix a warp engine, and Mr. Sulu probably couldnít either.
But Scotty could. His character was probably responsible for more applications
to engineering schools than any other determining factor. He was always the one
who saved the day by repairing the ship in a third of the time stated in his
original estimate. He even admitted to tripling the actual number so he could
maintain his reputation as a miracle worker, which makes him at least
seem supernatural, despite being a mere human.
Many of my characters in The Cat Star Chronicles are aliens, and even
though they may appear to be supernatural, they really arenít. Granted, they
have some pretty nifty abilities, but none that arenít shared by every other
member of their species. The Mordrial/Terran witch Tisana (the heroine of WARRIOR) can shoot
fireballs from her eyes and ripen fruit simply by looking at it, but thatís
normal for a Mordrial. Although Kotcamp, the Sympaticon shifter in STUD, could change
into different forms, he was no different from other Sympaticons.
Even my Zetithian heroes arenít supernatural shifters. As a humanoid species
with feline characteristics, they donít become cats. They are
cats. Their unique sexual abilities stem from the fact that their females canít
mate with just anyone. In REBEL, Kim (the
Zetithian heroine) had to be enticed by Oncaís purring and in turn, her scent
had to arouse him or there was no chance for romance. The only Zetithian trait
that can be construed as supernatural is their occasional prescient vision. And
again, thatís simply part of being Zetithian.
All of those species only seem supernatural when compared with ordinary human
beings, although their strengths vary. Even among humans, some are more gifted
than others. Consider the child prodigy pianist who can play Mozart at an age
when most kids have never even heard of classical music. The seven-foot-plus
center who can sink a basket from mid-court. The astrophysicist who can think in
terms that boggle the minds of practically everyone else. What appears to be
supernatural is often simply a matter of perspective.
Within the books of The Cat Star Chronicles, my readers have been given
a peek at the future as I envision it. Travel between star systems fast enough
to accomplish in weeks or months, rather than generations. Alien species with as
much diversity as the life forms found on our own planet. Love as strong as the
bond between two humans whoíve found their perfect partner in life. Weíll never
know for sure whether there is any truth to that vision. But here in the realm
of fiction, Iím dreaming the dream of what might be.
Donít wake me up just yet.
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21 comments posted.
Re: Cheryl Brooks | When the Supernatural Becomes Natural
I have read similar story lines and liked them.
I love a man that feels so unworthy of anything. Well, anything good. Anyone good. I bet Rebel is a good story!
(Lisa Hutson 2:01am July 10, 2014)
LOL! Rebel IS a good story, one that I consider to be my personal best. Good luck in the contest!
(Cheryl Brooks 8:20am July 10, 2014)
Rebel sounds really good I cant wait to read it
(Denise Smith 8:34am July 10, 2014)
Just stopping in to say Hi.
(Lori McPhetridge 10:19am July 10, 2014)
I hope you enjoy it, Denise!
Thanks for stopping by, Lori!
(Cheryl Brooks 10:32am July 10, 2014)
I really haven't gotten into this genre, and after reading
your posting, it's understandable why. Some of what you've
written today I have a hard time getting my head around.
Other things you've written in your posting, I might read,
because they sound a little interesting. To me, I really
believe that sci-fi is geared more to the guys than it is to
women. Even if you throw a little romance to the mix, it
doesn't change the genre. I guess I'd have to glance at a
book and see for myself. I don't mean to be a "negative
Nancy." Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I
just find this to be a little far-fetched. You have quite
the imagination to write these books, and for that I take my
hat off to you!!
(Peggy Roberson 11:31am July 10, 2014)
Oh boy, I have some catching up to do in this series... loved what I have read! This one sounds great... thanks for sharing!
(Colleen Conklin 1:15pm July 10, 2014)
I have not read this series yet - GASP!!!! - so I have plenty to catch up on and look forward to - awesome.
(Felicia Ciaudelli 1:22pm July 10, 2014)
That's the great thing about science fiction stories, anything can happen
(Maureen Emmons 1:32pm July 10, 2014)
Love supernatural books and stories!
(Vicki Hancock 4:14pm July 10, 2014)
if you love to write them ... WE love to read them
(Elaine Fisher 5:58pm July 10, 2014)
I have not read any of your books, so hope I win one.
(Judy Ferguson 6:10pm July 10, 2014)
looks like a great read and I love the cover
(Jennifer Beck 7:36pm July 10, 2014)
Great yummy cover!!
(Felicia Plastini 8:25pm July 10, 2014)
Thanks for the comments, everyone! Good luck in the contest!
(Cheryl Brooks 9:20pm July 10, 2014)
Love a little supernatural with my romance. It sounds like a
great book. I can't wait to read it.
(LaRonda Atchison 11:54pm July 10, 2014)
I haven't try your paranormal series yet. I have tried your historical romance and love it.
(Kai Wong 2:18am July 11, 2014)
Love sci fi/paranormal/romance blends! I've heard great things
about this series and own all the books- now I just need to
find time to read them!
(Debbie Wiley 7:58am July 11, 2014)
Rebel certainly sounds good. I really enjoy paranormal themed
(Tammy Cy 9:23am July 11, 2014)
Sounds out of this world!
(Linda Barrier 1:23pm July 11, 2014)
I love science fiction stories. They help me expand my imagination! Good luck with the tour.
(E Felder 9:13pm July 11, 2014)
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