Crossover Fiction: Building Your Supernatural World @PRosemoor #mgtab

I’ve always been drawn to supernatural stories, especially where romance was involved.

I’ve been asked many times how I was able to create the worlds that populate crossover fiction – I combine romance with suspense with supernatural elements.

I’ve just resurrected WOLF MOON (The McKenna Legacy Book 7), RT Book Review’s Best Intrigue of 2007. It’s on digital pre-order and will be published on May 24. Are you ready for a werewolf story? WOLF MOON is closer to horror than urban fantasy — it has the monsters you’re sure are there but you can’t see until they show their true colors in the big finish. Of course it’s a story with a sweeping romance throughout, one very different than you might expect.


Aileen McKenna came to the remote town of Wolf Creek to study wolves in the wild and ran into Rhys Lindgren, an enigmatic man with dark secrets and a connection to the local wolf pack. Frightened townspeople were convinced a predatory wolf was on the loose after three men were found dead in the woods. Rhys didn’t blame the wolves any more than Aileen, and she intended to prove their innocence. But would Rhys take her into the snow-covered forest to do that? She’d have to be alone with him and trust him to draw out a killer…

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I taught a segment of urban fantasy in my Writing Popular Fiction class at Columbia College Chicago for fourteen years, so I had to come up with some tips for my students and would like to share them with those of you who are as intrigued by woo-woo stories as I am.

Is your main character human or preternatural (supernatural)? If human, does s/he have magical or other powers? Is there a love interest who is of a different type of creature? Do any human characters know about the magic going on around them or is the presence of preternatural characters secret? Is there an overriding conflict due to the preternatural presence?

Are you using the present day world? An alternate history? What are the rules of your new world? Make a list. Then stick to it. What kind of magic can be used? Remember that magic always has a price.

What is the social structure of your world? If the preternatural characters are known, are they considered monsters or do they have legal rights? How do your preternatural characters differ from others in other stories? Make them your own.

What kinds of challenges will your protagonist face? What are your protagonist’s strengths? Weaknesses?

How much romance will your book have? Is this book one in a series, and if so, does the same romance carry through multiple books or does the romance change? If you’re developing a series, what is the over-arcing element that continues through several books?

In January, I published ANIMAL INSTINCTS (Kindred Souls Book 1), the first  of an urban fantasy romantic thriller series — today’s Chicago with  a supernatural underground.

Half-human, half-Kindred, Luc Lazare doesn’t want more complications in his life. He’s focused on protecting his shapeshifting family and love is the last distraction he needs. Skye Cross has the ability to talk to animals. Her most recent animal rescue mission–stopping an alleged dog fight–actually involved shifters in a primal battle. Skye quickly finds herself caught in a dangerous world she never knew existed, while relying on a man she couldn’t possibly trust. Coming from two different worlds, can Luc and Skye overcome the obstacles fated to keep them apart?

The next time you read a paranormal romance of any kind, see if you can answer the questions I posed above. And above all, enjoy!

Day Trips And The Importance Of Story


This summer I took a day trip to Vancouver. It was a chance to get off the Rock and, since Vancouver bills itself as Hollywood North, perhaps a chance to see behind the scenes on productions such as Supernatural and Once Upon A Time

Not a lot of planning went into this. We decided to go the day before and I said something along the lines of, maybe we can see something behind the scenes. Hollywood North is missing its own Universal Studios or Disneyland. So I called a few production companies but there was anything but joy at the thought of us watching them film..

In fact the way some  responded I had visions of mothers with small children throwing tantrums in the middle of a crucial scene, drunken adults screaming something along the lines of ‘You Go Girl,’ at the crucial moment and other filming disasters.

NOOO problem. Really, I just wanted to spend a day with my son. So off we went. Having made our way to downtown Vancouver we strolled along the sea wall until we came to a IMG_2271

perfect place to stop for a few minutes and have a drink. The patio of The Whistler Brewing Company could not have been more perfect as the picture above shows.

While there my son hash tagged #Vancouver Film Shoots on Twitter.  Within minutes he’d come up with information that Super Natural might be filming at Victory Square which was only a few blocks away (slightly over 1000 but who’s counting?).


Off we went. By the time we hit the Vancouver Film School I was more than ready for a break. So I said, “why don’t we go in here?”

I admired some of the news stories on the wall and a staff member directed me down the street to another building where she said we might be able to have a tour. Once there we met Patsy, who was happy to give us a tour of their 3D animation and filming school. Off we went to another building.

We saw students hunkered intently over computers, a room holding a giant green screen and another left over from Storyville which allowed them to shoot everything from western and mine shots to a pirate ship. And most impressively – walls filled with just about every big name movie out currently or in the recent past.

All had members of the school or alumni that had worked on them.  She told us the story of one animator who had come to them with dreams of working on Disney films. He got his chance on Frozen.image3image4

Thanking her for showing us the school we continued on to Victory square. This may yet turn up in Supernatural but today we were on a mission and my son had received notification of a Once Upon A Time shoot being set up in Burnaby park. Off we went and before long we joined a half dozen other people watching a film crew get ready for a shoot.


If we were good and behaved ourselves cast would often come over and talk to us, maybe let us take a picture with them we were told.  It was a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Most of the people were young with several from other countries including Holland and the UK. One clutched a copy of Once Upon A Time and it was clear all were familiar with the show.

Unfortunately we couldn’t stay until 2:30 that morning which is when it seemed the filming would most likely take place with 4:30 and the first light of day being the shot most coveted. As a crew member said, Mother Nature had her own timetable and was the determining factor.

Story, it seems to me is as important as it ever was, if not more so. People of all ages will spend large amounts of time learning about stories that interest them. Many are finding a way to make themselves part of these stories through Cosplay and fan fiction.

As writers our job is to make stories so compelling, readers want to immerse themselves in them and the worlds we have created. That may not be easy but when we do it well the results are worth the effort.


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