Making Old Things New! by Lisa Kessler (guest post on writing)

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There are plenty of companies that “repurpose” old items. They look at a broken typewriter, and see custom jewelry creations, or the gears in antique watches that become steampunk gadgets, and the list goes on from there.

Fiction writers do the same thing. Audre Lorde coined the phrase, “There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.” And in paranormal romance, this holds very true.

With so many authors writing vampires and werewolves and witches, how can you repurpose the ideas to make them into something new?

Before I started writing, I was an avid reader, and I loved shifter stories and immortal heroes. I read everything I could get my hands on. But when I started writing my own fiction, the challenge was to figure out how to give my paranormal creatures and plots a new twist.

My Night Series includes vampire-like heroes. Instead of the traditional European vampires, I went looking for an ancient civilization in the Americas. The more I studied the Mayans, the more it all came together. Blood was important for their rituals and sacrifices, and I started to think, what if the real reason was because they needed to feed their immortal gods? The Night Walkers were born.

When I started writing werewolves, I was of course attracted to the “fated mate” trope, but I decided, only males were born as werewolves, so their mate would be a human, and humans don’t have the wolf’s instinct of one mate for life. So while my heroes might recognize their mate, the heroine could still walk away. The wolves have to earn their love and trust, just like everyone else, but they have the added torment of knowing this is their one true love for life. If he blows it, he’ll be alone forever… High stakes!

Part of the joy of writing paranormal romance is definitely in repurposing familiar ideas and tropes and giving them a new twist. It’s a fun challenge as a writer, and if we do it right, it makes for an exciting story for the reader. Everyone wins!

So what are some of your favorite paranormal creatures or tropes? Let me know in the comments and one commenter will win their choice from my eBooks!