Papa Chon searched for Rosa, believing her family had somehow tricked him. Rosa was gone. So was her family. No one ever saw them again.
Okay. Call my father’s tale crazy. Call Papa Chon in need of medication. Call me a kid who had to fall asleep with the lights on. But it was this very tale (and more) that triggered my imagination. I have always told stories―the wilder, the scarier, the funnier, the better. I didn’t think to put my creativity to good use until a few years ago when I began writing my Urban Fantasy Romance Series, WEIRD GIRLS.
WEIRD GIRLS is about four unique sisters who’ve obtained their powers as a result of a backfired curse placed upon their Latina mother for marrying outside her race. Do I incorporate Papa Chon stories in my novels? Not quite. But I do integrate the action, suspense, and twisted humor associated with a good Papa Chon tale.
Papa Chon passed his gift of story-telling onto my father who in turn passed it to me. Whether his tales are true, or simply the imagination of a man looking to entertain doesn’t matter. He inspired his great-granddaughter to tell her stories of demons, witchcraft, and scary beasties that bump hard in the night. And for that, I am truly grateful. Rest in peace, Papa Chon.
Cecy Robson, Author with Penguin’s SIGNET ECLIPSE
THE WEIRD GIRLS: A Novella, Dec. 4th, 2012
SEALED WITH A CURSE: A Weird Girls Novel, Dec. 31, 2012