A couple of weeks ago we were very blessed to have my husband’s sisters over for a somewhat surprise, last minute dinner. This isn’t a common occurrence with his family, because one lives forty minutes away, two of them live nearly an hour away and one lives across the country. The New Mexico resident was in town to visit family, and we threw the reunion together on the fly.
To make things a little more complicated, it was the evening before my release date for Fairyproof. Family comes first, however, and I gladly set aside my pre-release, to-do list to make a trip to the grocery store and throw together a meal.
My family has been super supportive of my writing career, but they are not familiar with the publishing industry and had a lot of questions for me. Their two most pressing took me off guard.
1. Why paranormal?
2. What exactly is paranormal?
The why was easy to answer. I love it, and, of course, it’s best if you write what you know and what you love.
The short answer was to list the creatures that usually appear in these types of books: Vamps, weres, shifters, angles, demons, ghosts, and – of course – fairies.
They seemed to accept the answers at face value, though I could still see questions lingering in their eyes. Understanding that there would be this lack of clarity on the subject, the topic of conversation changed. The afternoon progressed.
My husband and I now own and live in the house they all grew up in and it didn’t take long for the stories from their youth to become the fodder of the moment: fond memories of growing up in the house and the neighborhood and stories of their father. A certain sadness that he and my husband’s mother were no longer with us seemed to fill the room.
“But they are,” I said. “They’re still here in this house.”
“They are here. They turn lights on and off, and hide things from me all the time. They stir up the dogs and get them barking too.”
Yes, at times it’s an irritation, but it’s also been a sort of comfort to me. The rest of the family that doesn’t live with it or experience it didn’t seem to be consoled by the idea of a present spirit.
For them my normal was paranormal. I now have to wonder if they’ve answered that “why paranormal?” for themselves, believing that I’m just a little bit crazy.
Do you have any real life experiences with the paranormal?
By Constance Phillips
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: September 4, 2012 by Crescent Moon Press
Number of pages: 262, Word Count: 85,000
Cover Artist: Taria Reed
When Monique finds out her brother, Kieran, is planning her future with the one fairy she wants nothing to do with, she seeks refuge in the human world. Now Kieran fears she will be the next victim in a string of murdered fairies and is determined to bring her home.
Hiding should be a breeze. She can control any human with a flirtatious smile and an attraction spell. Until she meets Daniel Elliot, the only human who’s immune to both.
A year ago, Daniel’s fiancée disappeared with the engagement ring, an Elliot family heirloom. He’s ready to move forward with his life, but his mother’s obsession with retrieving the ring makes that impossible. Then Monique walks into his office to apply for a job.
Daniel and Monique can’t deny their attraction, but will the reason he’s Fairyproof be too much to overcome?
Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she’s not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she’s working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.
Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).
Constance blogs regularly at www.constancephillips.com. You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.