Happy Wednesday. I was called out of town for the day job and am unable to be with you today. So, I put a call out for reinforcements to take my place and the lady who answered will freak you out!! (She probably already knew I needed a guest, if you catch my drift!)
Please give a big ole’ Scribes welcome to: Kathryn Orzech!!!
Paranormal. Fiction. Fact. While writing Premonition it was difficult to tell them apart.
Hi everyone. Thanks for coming. And thanks to Seven Scribes for the invite. KO here.
Premonition of Terror began with a dream, shifted into paranormal, and I’m not sure it has ended with this book. Much of my writing explores what happens when ordinary people find themselves in extraordinary circumstances, when fate has another plan for them. I’m no more psychic than most, but I accept and trust my sixth sense and pay attention to signs.
Decades ago when I was lost, I asked higher powers for direction. I woke the next morning with the idea to create a website where ordinary people could share psychic dreams and premonitions. Okaaay! The supernatural curiosity of my twenties had long faded so this came from afar. The internet was new to my town and I’d heard of it, but I sure wasn’t on it, yet the site idea was so specific—and so clear. I’d follow the path until I hit a roadblock.
That day at work I looked over the shoulder of a young woman as she surfed websites and it was obvious I could use my graphics skills to design a site like those on her screen, so I took it as a sign. Same day, a co-worker asked if I’d be willing to trade services: a logo design for his son’s new software company in exchange for free website hosting. The second sign. I swear this is true.
He’d register my domain name (huh?) and get me online as soon as I wanted. He warned that .com names might be taken, but they were gold, so my list of alternates should be generous. Overnight, I listed thirty names in preferential order and he’d work down the list until he snagged one. Dreamwatch.com—my very first number one choice—was available. The third and flipping HUGE SIGN.
Seeing the signs. And we’re off …
People actually wrote to the site and I posted their paranormal stories, submitted from at least 20 countries and 36 U.S. states. I’m no longer surprised that people wrote. They’re often frightened and seek validation. Family and friends called them crazy. They wrote about personal events, like knowing who’s calling, seeing an auto accident days ahead, or smelling a loved one’s perfume the moment they had died.
Like my protagonist Kate, I imagined Dreamwatch to be important and relevant, a warning system—before the bridge collapsed or the plane crashed or the mud slid—you get it.
But that’s not what people wrote about … until they did
I just slipped into fiction because the site submission’s don’t predict world events (well, a few did and my stomach sank when I read them) but I had a solid story idea: What if similar premonitions from around the world predicted the same deadly event? Who would I tell? What would I do? If you were the only person who knew, what would you do?
The plot for Premonition of Terror was born and from the start I had my hook:
Dreamwatch.com, true paranormal experiences, began as a hobby. It was supposed to be fun—until premonitions from around the world predict the same catastrophic attack.
Beyond coincidence? A true premonition?
I wrote Premonition of Terror in less than six months, research and all. I couldn’t type as fast as my brain was working. The original title was Dreamwatch.com but Premonition of Terror seemed better for a “Premonition of …” series if that happens. But the title change (May 2011) seems even more important because of recent events and the whole idea of it chills me. My two terrorist characters—with a Russian connection—plan an attack in a major northeast city. You can guess which one. And though it’s taken a couple of years of revisions, conferences, professional editing, pitching and queries, agent then no agent; if I hadn’t asked BookBaby to make changes, Premonition would have been released on April 15, 2013. What are the chances? Seriously!!!
When coincidence stretches beyond belief I look elsewhere for answers. More often for me I don’t look for them, they knock me on my head. If the story was a true premonition of terror, I had only grasped its fringe with sloppy details, still, it makes me ask: How can we know of a future event unless it’s set and destined to unfold? Are some major events our inescapable fate? What do you think?
Premonition of Terror
Premonition of Terror, a paranormal thriller with strong romantic elements, has just been released in ebook format at most major book retailers, softcover in summer 2013. View the trailer with no ads at Dreamwatch. Or on Facebook or YouTube.
Read what others wrote or tell your spooky story at Dreamwatch.com.
If a premonition warned you of a tragic event, what would you do? Who would you tell?