Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crymsyn Hart: Five Things I Learned Writing DEATH'S DANCE

Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.
Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.
From there …well… it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.
From there things went from bad to worse.
What are the five things I learned from writing Death’s Dance? That’s been a question I have contemplated even before being asked to do this. Death’s Dance was a long journey for me that took me down many roads that I wasn’t sure I could walk.  But I did and I learned quite a few things, but for now I’ll only list five.
1. Considering this is my first straight up horror novel in ten years, I learned that I could get back to my roots and not focuses solely on writing paranormal romance. Although romance has been the genre I have been writing in these past eight years, it was not what got me started. Being able to go back into what I love is wonderful.
2. The first chapter of Death’s Dance was taken from a dream I had one night and originally was going to become some demonic creature coming to get my main characters. However, when I started writing more I realized exactly who the figure in the mirror was going to be and it wasn’t a demon, at least not in the sense I assumed it would be.
3. Once I finished Death’s Dance, I already had the second novel in my head and wrote it next. However, I also had a great spinoff idea that came from the first novel and from there I learned that not one book could contain the reapers.
4. This book took the longest for me to write only because I had other projects that happened in between. However, by taking my time on the book, I was able to get more in touch with the characters than I had been before learning the twist of the plot and that there could even be somewhat of a love story within the book. Although that wasn’t what I was going for, it motivated the characters. So I followed them deeper into the rabbit hole into my own private Wonderland.
5. Sometimes even death for a grim reaper isn’t really the end.

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Crymsyn Hart is a National Bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.
To find out more about Crymsyn:
Twitter: @crymsynhart