Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blog Tour: Her Dear and Loving Husband by Meredith Allard (Giveaway too!)

This Virtual Book Tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
You can see the entire tour schedule by clicking HERE.
You can see my review by clicking HERE.
Welcome to the Wormhole and my day on the tour!
It is my pleasure to welcome Meredith Allard!
Author Bio:
Meredith Allard is the author of Her Dear & Loving Husband and the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, a journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, Wild Mind, Moondance, and Writer's Weekly. She has taught writing to students aged 10 to 60, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction at Learning Tree University and UNLV. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

She has graciously written a guest post 
for the readers of The Wormhole!
I have been writing novels for about ten years now, and I love writing historical fiction. That’s the genre I’ve been most associated with, and I wasn’t looking to change until I had the idea for my vampire novel. While Her Dear & Loving Husband has historical elements from the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, it was my first venture into paranormal fiction. I’m glad I took the plunge into this rich, imaginative genre.

Before, all my stories, while fictional, were entirely realistic. The characters could really exist, and the facts about the historical times they lived in were painstakingly researched. While I always relied on my imagination to write my novels, my previous stories were limited by the physical realities of our world. When I began writing paranormal fiction, I discovered a whole new freedom that allowed me to write whatever my imagination could conjure. Even if it’s not possible in our real world, it’s possible in this paranormal world my characters and I created. As most fiction writers will tell you, at a certain point in the writing process the characters take over and tell their own stories their own way. When that happens I find it’s best if I just sit back and take dictation. And when I let my paranormal characters do the talking, there are no limits to where the story can go. Fantasy, flights of fancy— that’s what I was missing in my earlier books.

By writing a paranormal fantasy I was able to write about a vampire who has been alive for 349 years, and he has seen American history from its beginnings in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. I was able to write about witches who can shatter glass at the snap of their fingers or light a roomful of candles with the wave of a hand. Ghosts can reappear from the past to reunite with loved ones. And a werewolf can cross party lines to adopt a vampire son. I can let my imagination soar even higher as I write the next two books in the series. I get to explore this supernatural world in more depth, and I’m looking forward to the process.

I had been closed off to the paranormal genre before. I thought to write something meaningful it had to be real—as in it could really happen. But now I realize that imagination can be powerful. Even as an adult, it’s good to explore the realm of what’s possible and enjoy some fantasy now and again. It’s fun to play those childhood games of “What if?” again. That’s why I love writing paranormal fiction. 
And now for that giveaway:
There is one more tour stop today: Oct 6 Guest Blog
Bending the Spine- Spooking the Spine Halloween Event
And the next stop is: 
Oct 7 Review

You can buy your own copy by clicking one of these links:
Amazon or Smashwords or Goodreads
Thanks for stopping by The Wormhole.
Happy Reading.

2 comments:

Diana said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

shammy444 said...

You're very welcome, Diana.

And thank you, Beverly, for posting my guest blog. I really appreciate it. I'm a new follower!

Meredith Allard