I love the paranormal romance genre! by Maggie Tideswell


Let’s face it; love really is all around us. When you read a murder mystery or horror novel there are usually romantic elements. People fall in love. Even in the most unexpected or dangerous situations, people find each other. It is human nature.

What fascinates me about romance is, firstly, which characteristics attract people to each other enough to fall in love and, secondly, which traits keep them in love for a lifetime when one in three relationships fail.

Then there’s my fascination with the paranormal. People want to be scared. Fright gets the primitive fight or flight response going. And that is where the paranormal comes in. When I say paranormal I don’t mean zombies and vampires. Creatures with tentacles and many teeth also don’t interest me. Those are not scary and only have entertainment value as far as I’m concerned. My intent isn’t to put authors of those genres down. All I’m saying is that those elements aren’t what I write about. I’m interested in what isn’t visible to the eye–things that go bump in the night, ‘nothing is as it seems’, and witches getting up to mischief or doing genuine work to help. And of course, ghosts!

We all have those creepy little experiences of something moving just at the edge of vision, and when you look, there’s nothing there. Or the sounds we hear for which there are no logical explanations. And who of us haven’t known what was going to happen next or what somebody was going to say before it actually happened? This is what’s termed déjà vu.

People are not always what they seem. It’s a known fact that people represent themselves in the best light and what they show to the world is only the tip of the iceberg of their personality. I like to say people wear ‘masks’ to hide their true selves from others, for reasons of their own.

But my biggest interest is ghosts and why some people seem to get stuck on the earthbound plane after death. I even joined a paranormal investigation group, but I’m yet to come face to face with a ghost I could have a conversation with. I’ve been told I look too hard, and that ‘s why I’m unlikely to see a ghost, but I do experience them. On one occasion I had fallen asleep on the couch and I startled awake with the distinct feeling that somebody was leaning over me. There was nobody there, but the room had been freezing. It was the middle of summer.

Romance in combination with the paranormal is what I write. Instead of placing my characters in mortal danger of burning buildings, an erratic gunman or in the path of a tidal wave, I scare them with what they cannot see.

Maggie Tideswell’s first book, a paranormal romance titled Dark Moon, was published by All Things That Matter Press in 2011 and her second, Moragh, Holly’s Ghost, also in the paranormal romance genre, was published in July 2013. Her stories reflect her interest of things unexplained. Maggie loves books (the smell of paper), tea, wine, and her cat Felix is her constant companion. http://maggietideswell.blogspot.com/

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7 thoughts on “I love the paranormal romance genre! by Maggie Tideswell

  1. Kenneth Weene

    Why do we believe in the paranormal? Perhaps because it gives us new dimensions to explore with our creativity. Assuredly, the unknown worlds of speculative fiction and scifi provide fertile soil for the author to plant her/his seed. Besides which, we end up with some great reads.

  2. Monica Brinkman

    Ah, an author that captures my ‘readers’ heart. I adore a good paranormal story especially when it grabs you, that surprise element always gets me. I’ve read Maggie’s writings and they are wonderful. Keep it up and I agree that I can do without the guts and gore; give me a great ghost story and I’ll be lost in it.

  3. Salvatore Buttaci

    Maggie, you are right. Love is everywhere, even in horror and ghost tales. Who can esca[e it! I enjoyed your article very much and recommend your books to all readers in search of a book to love!

  4. James L. Secor

    You know, love is “not here,” too. You can’t feel it or point to it. It is, you might say, paranormal. I know a biologist of decidedly non-mainstream mind who calls such things “absentials.” They aren’t here but they affect our lives in the most amazing ways. The list is long. So. . .you might say love is paranormal. A psychiatrist might say love is a hallucination, no?

  5. Micki Peluso

    Hi Maggie, thanks for an enlightening blog on my favorite genre—paranormal romance. I write short paranormal short stories and would love to stretch out a paranormal novel one day. Paranormal seems like ‘well’ normal to me after living with a husband and six kids with a high ESP level and in a truly haunted house. A house which had an unnatural love for me while scaring and torturing the rest of the family. Later, I had several grandsons who would babble away to some unseen presence as toddlers and later be able to see and hear dead relatives. Sadly, like most gifted children, they outgrew this ability to a great degree after going to school and being taught what ‘normal’ is. Sone scientists have reported that young children may see a wider spectrum of color than normal, unti it’s taught out of them in school with the use of primary colors.

    I agree with Jim Secor that romantic love may be paranormal. It’s such a frenetic, overwhelmingly passionate emotion that it would probably wear us out if it didn’t settle into a deeply satisfying eternal love. Yet how boring would this world be if we didn’t have these odd deja vu feelings that things surround us, allowing us to believe there is so much more to us and the world than we perceive?

    Thanks again Maggie, for a most delightful read.


  6. Trish Jackson

    Maggie, I have only just embarked on a little bit of ghostly paranormal in my latest book and I think you inspired it. I’ve read two of your books and I think you do an amazing job not only of scaring people, but of making them think. And as for Jim Secor’s remark… you could be right.


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