Mystique by Shari Arnold
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: YA Paranormal
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Guest Post by Author Shari Arnold: What elements are crucial for a can't-stop-reading paranormal story?
I think whether it’s paranormal or mystery or any kind of story, the most important part in any novel are the characters. If you can’t relate or feel for the characters in any way, if you can’t understand them or imagine them as though they are real, no story will keep you reading.
I’ve always been a people watcher, and I find that comes into play A LOT when I’m writing. I will draw from certain people I’ve observed or studied when I’m working on a character. I don’t always remember where the character traits came from, but it’s as though they are stored in my memory for my writing purposes.
It’s also important to keep the story moving. If I find myself lollygagging in a scene, I know the reader will be bored. If I lose interest, they definitely will. Creating a world isn’t always easy when you’re trying to keep the pace going, but it’s also important.
About the author:
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah, but now resides in Connecticut with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes young-adult fiction because it's her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.
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