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Writer’s Corner Guest Post: Making Old Things New! – Lisa Kessler

Author: Lisa Kessler
Also by this author: Moonlight, Hunter's Moon, Blood Moon, Blood Moon (Misty's review), Harvest Moon, Harvest Moon (Jen's review), Ice Moon

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Welcome to our first Writer’s Corner post!

This is a new feature on the blog where we invite authors to talk about the writing process.

Thank you for taking the time to visit. This week, we are pleased to have author Lisa Kessler as a guest to discuss writing. She has also been gracious enough to offer one of her e-books for a giveaway. Keep reading for details on how to enter.

Lisa Kessler for guest post Making Old Things New

Making old things new!

Thanks for having me back on Books that Hook!

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!

Thank you so much, Lisa, for taking the time to share your thoughts on making old things new!

About Lisa Kessler

Lisa Kessler is an Amazon Best Selling author of dark paranormal fiction. She’s a two-time San Diego Book Award winner for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror and Best Published Romance, as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book. She currently writes the Night Series and the Moon Series for Entangled Publishing.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she’s not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, and has performed with San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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