Even though I write paranormal romance novels, I’m not sure exactly what the paranormal is and whether or not I believe in it.
I don’t believe in my vampires, the Hungarian Kandesky and Huszar families, but I do have a lot of communication with my family members who have died.
My maternal grandmother died when I was 15 years old, and that’s a long time ago. We were very close. I’m the oldest of what would become seven grandchildren and had my mother’s, uncle’s and grandmother’s undivided attention for four years.
This start gave me some self-confidence to tackle things in life—career changes, moves, a divorce—with an understanding that I was loved and that someone had my back. No matter what happened, my grandmother was there, telling me I could do it!
My uncle, who died too young about 20 years ago, calls to me in that half-grey area between waking and sleeping, so I know he’s with me still.And my mother, who died three years ago, watches me daily. I have pictures of her from when she was a child, but my favorite is one that I took about 10 years ago.
My mother, my daughter and I went to Paris for a week. This was my mother’s only trip to Europe and she loved Paris, so a picture of her at the top of the Montmartre steps oversees me every day as I write.
I’m not sure what the force or ability to talk with these people whenever I want to should be called. They’re not exactly ghosts, although I’ll turn a corner in my house and see my mother walking toward me. And there are times when I walk into empty room because I’m sure I’ve heard her voice.
Maybe it’s some electric energy that they continue to emit. Maybe it’s some neuron synapses in my brain, conjuring up memories when I need to talk with them. Maybe it’s the DNA we share that opens all the communications.
Or maybe it’s just that we’re in slightly different universes. Maybe the barrier between them thins, and we are able to be together again, if only for a moment.Paranormal? I’m not sure, but whatever that force is, it’s one I cherish.
Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home. During her career in journalism — as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers – she won awards for producing investigative series.Her mystery Edited for Death, called “Riveting and much recommended” by the Midwest Book Review and a Memorable Book for 2011 on DorothyL, is available in paperback at Amazon and B&N.Her paranormal romance series, SNAP: The Kandesky vampire chronicles, is available as ebooks at Amazon. The first book, SNAP: The World Unfolds, received a 4-star rating from the Paranormal Romance Guild. The second book, SNAP: New Talent, is also available from Amazon
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