Newsletter Ninja Home Page The Ninja Forums Cookie Challenge February 2022 Genre Forums Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Any other paranormal/supernatural mystery writers in the room?

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    • #12082
      Valerie Larouche
      Participant

        Hi!
        So I’m writing a series of paranormal/supernatural mysteries with the same MC throughout who has a psychic ability of sort (she can connect with people through dreams). There is no gore, no violence (or very little). It’s not horror, not suspense, and not a thriller.

        Anyone else writing something like that? It’d be nice to find comp authors with whom to grow and exchange ^_^

      • #12227
        Nicole Arrowsmith
        Participant

          Me! I had a ton of trouble finding exactly how to classify the stuff I’m working on and it’s like you said. It’s not really horror, or suspense (besides the usual supernatural tropey stuff) and it’s definitely not a thriller. I mix in mythology and twisted fairytales as inspiration. I like to think of it like the TV show Grimm with some Supernatural, Knives Out, and OUAT thrown in there. I’m writing the same MC who has always been able to see dead people and it just got more intense as she grew up, especially after a Near-Death Experience which helps her figure out what to do about it. Her parents were involved with supernatural stuff too and when the detective dad goes missing, she steps in to cover cases and stop denying that this is what she is suppose to be doing. My cookie for the challenge is about the time she was at a sleepover and everything went horribly wrong after the host decides to mess with a ouija board which has major consequences that spill over into Book 1 and a similar case will eventually come up. I’m sorry! I ramble a lot. I just get very excited about Cassie and the over/underworld I’m building. I will say I’m a baby author and just getting this series started.

        • #12297
          Valerie Larouche
          Participant

            OMG!!! I’m so glad I found you!! (Or rather that you found me lol)

            Your story sounds A-MA-ZING!!! You write under the name Nicole Arrowsmith? Do you have a newsletter? Cause I’m definitely climbing aboard that train!

            I totally LOVE Grimm and mythology and fairy tales and OUAT and how good was Knives Out? The end totally got me! I had so much fun watching it! (Been feeling like watching it again lately…guess I know what I’ll be doing this weekend 😊)

            (Sorry I put a lot of exclamation points but I’m so happy right now! πŸ˜ƒ)

            • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by Valerie Larouche.
          • #12311
            Nicole Arrowsmith
            Participant

              I’m so happy I saw your thread! I’m glad you like the idea of my stuff. I saw you found me on Instagram and my website. I got so excited to see you name. I’m in the process of building all my stuff for my newsletter so it’s a work in progress a long side the Ouija story. Knives Out was THE best! I’ve watched it a million times and I swear I see something new every time. I just hope 2 can be as good. I am so excited that I decided to do the challenge and ran into you!

              • #12353
                Valerie Larouche
                Participant

                  There’s gonna be a 2??? 🀩
                  I’m so glad you got happy when you saw my name hihi My website and everything is still being built but I plan on releasing it all in a couple of weeks. I’ll let you know if you’re interested 😊

              • #12314
                Alan Lastufka
                Participant

                  My supernatural mystery/thriller FACE THE NIGHT came out this week on the 8th. It’s my first novel.

                  I marketed it as horror/thriller because that seemed to be the most apt category, but a few reviews have mentioned that even though they enjoyed it, it was too light on the horror elements. Live and learn. I’ll probably lean heavier into the mystery category in future marketing.

                  My MC sounds similar to yours Valerie, she can communicate with supernatural forces via her art when she goes into an almost dream-like state (she starts out as an unlicensed tattoo artist, inking her friends in her kitchen (“This tattoo is perfect, it’s like you can see inside my head!”), and eventually gets a job as a police sketch artist due to her innate talent).

                  Happy to see there are others here writing in the genre!

                  • #12316
                    Nicole Arrowsmith
                    Participant

                      Glad to have you here! What cookie are you writing for the challenge?

                      • #12317
                        Alan Lastufka
                        Participant

                          I’m writing a cookie for my first book. In the book, there is a popular radio DJ my characters listen to in the background of a few scenes, and he features in two scenes himself when my MC’s father (the mayor of their small town) makes an appearance on the DJ’s radio show.

                          Anyway, for the cookie, the DJ gets his own story. Basically, a storm knocks out power to the entire town. But the radio station mysteriously lights back up and has all the power it needs to broadcast. Every radio in town turns on. And a voice from beyond our world takes over the airwaves. The DJ hesitantly tries to talk to the phantom while the entire town tunes in. What does this creature want? Find out after this short commercial break! LOL

                          I’m going to call it DEAD FM. The cookie will hopefully work for new readers, who I can direct to my novel where the DJ is featured. And the cookie will hopefully work for readers who’ve finished the novel and want to read a story about the DJ’s own brush with the supernatural.

                      • #12354
                        Valerie Larouche
                        Participant

                          Alan, that all sounds so cool!! Do you write under your name or a pen name?
                          Man, I wish I had that good of an idea what to write for my cookie… Right now I’m at one million options, none of them is perfect.
                          I guess I’ll have to try a few over the years. And if they don’t attract new readers, well maybe they’ll entice readers of my series at least.

                          • #12355
                            Alan Lastufka
                            Participant

                              I write under my name, yes. Hard to spell and pronounce, but I was so proud of the book once it was done, I wanted my name on the cover. πŸ™‚

                              I hope one of your million options works out! It’s difficult to narrow it down to just one, but maybe some more brainstorming with the class on Monday will help?

                              • #12356
                                Valerie Larouche
                                Participant

                                  Haha I totally get you; it’s such an incredible feeling to see our name on the cover of our books!! πŸ₯°

                                  Aw thanks! That’s nice of you 😊 Yeah I think I’ll try and make it Monday evening to the brainstorm session πŸ™‚

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