I get a lot of questions about my books and my background, and I thought I’d just take a few moments here to discuss some of my most frequent questions, and to introduce a few of my books you might not be aware of the existence of.
I’m often asked about my connection to the paranormal, and why I spend so much time writing paranormals. All I can say to that is that my life is a paranormal. There’s a great deal about me that only the people who’ve been the closest and most open toward me have even touched the surface of. I just don’t talk about it, much. Period. There’s no nefarious reason to that. A lot of it has more to do with the fact that I’ve thought of it as “normal” for so long, I was surprised to learn that it actually wasn’t. To me, writing about the paranormal is writing about something I know intimately, and is a natural extension of my scientific curiousity.
My first excursion into the paranormal in fiction was a series of Arthurian novels I began work on many years ago (being likewise obsessed with all things Arthurian at the time). Nope, these books are still unpublished. Not from any huge sentimental attachment, but because as my writing skill developed and changed, I’ve continued to edit and perfect, and quite frankly, I’m just not convinced they’re good enough, yet…:) That’s the perfectionist in me.
In the mid-1990’s, I started on two series — one a Military/Science Fiction series based around characters whose personalities I drew from people around me. While there is actually a slight paranormal edge to the stories, most of the focus is on the Suspense, and the relationship between the two main characters of the series. Born of my youth growing up in the military world, and of my respect for the men and women who serve and were my friends and extended family for a great number of years. From my own mistakes (and the possibilities of mistakes I came close to making), my own triumphs, dreams, and heartaches, came the character of Tamia Kuan, a reformed street punk and recovering heroin addict whose years as a Marine in the middle of a massive world war have left her struggling to find the honor and courage that can keep her alive and sane. When she gains entry to the ultra-elite Commandos, Tamia has more struggles ahead of her, facing her greatest fears and most dangerous enemy – herself. Tamia is one of the central characters of my Futuristic Romance/Thriller series, Underground. Beginning with the self-named novel TAMIA, each book follows the twists and turns of a hunt for a spy capable of destroying everything Tamia’s struggled for.
The other series was much heavier in the paranormal. A crime/suspense series, it’s based around the supposition of paranormal creatures and beings living side-by-side with us, unknown to most of the world, and a struggle between two different organizations — one a militant Secret Society run by an offshoot of the Catholic Church, determined to exterminate these beings (called Paras), and the other an investigative agency formed by a family whose ancestor paid with her life to protect the Para community – the Guardians. But my main purpose, when I started, was to create a series where forensic science and the paranormal actually overlapped, and I built the Bunker out of that — an independent forensic laboratory, run by a science-focused pathologist, that gets drawn into the middle of this paranormal struggle by a case that partners Dr. Faith MacKenzie up with a law enforcement officer who also works for Guardians, Inc.
In the late 1990’s, I began working on a novel that once again combined the paranormal with a subject very close to my heart – the Cradle of Civilization. When I first started the novel, entitled IN HER NAME, it was meant to be a stand-alone novel entwining the dangerous mythology of the region with the archeology I was fascinated by. Then, in 2001, terror struck the US and, after listening to people openly rebuke the Arabs even before the dust settled or any investigation was done, I was angry. Not at the Arabs, but at the close-mindedness of a nation that would condemn a person strictly on their beliefs, without understanding how the actions of a few do NOT reflect the beliefs of the many. And my main character, Manara, began to take on a new shape – not as an Arab, but as a woman of a belief structure even older: a religion feared because it’s not understood, and a woman despised for her beliefs in both her own world and in the eyes of an American man with a deep hatred of all things paranormal or supernatural – a hatred even he doesn’t quite understand. IN HER NAME became the birthing of Project Prometheus, a paranormal series that deals equally with the misunderstanding and hatred that lead to terrible acts of violence in our world. You can find out more about IN HER NAME and the rest of Project Prometheus on my website.
Upcoming next year, I’ve got another series coming out – this one will be a Fantasy series, Legends of Tirum. I’ll be going into details on this series a little more around the beginning of the year. It’s set up in a similar vein to Underground, with a central set of characters and a continuing storyline that takes place over the span of 10-11 books. I’m actually very excited about this series, and when I begin to post more information on the series you’ll get to see why! 🙂
More information about both the books here and other books I’ve written in these series and beyond can be found on my website at http://www.esthermitchell.com