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Nancy Corrigan: Making the paranormal world believable?
Thursday, November 20th, 2014

People are drawn to the unknown. It’s a truth about human nature that has allowed us to evolve and grow. From a young age, we want to understand why the world is the way it is and how things work. I remember my children at that inquisitive age were every other word out of their mouths was ‘why.’ Adults harbor the same need to understand the unexplainable, but we’ve also learned to fear the unknown. It’s why horror movies and scary tales of aliens and other worlds are so popular.

As a writer, I love taking an aspect of the paranormal world and offering a plausible scientific explanation. It adds to the mystery of the genre, and in my opinion, makes it more exciting. You’re left wondering—could vampires, demons, and ancient gods be real? Our ancestors thought so. Every ancient culture has myths and folklore that detail a variety of paranormal creatures and how they fit into their world. It begs the question of why there are all these stories from different parts of the world about the same mystical beings.

I don’t have an answer to that, although the whimsical part of me wants to believe they knew something we don’t. What I do have is some insight on how I wove in a few possible explanations for the creatures in my newest release—Mist Unveiled, book 1 of the Elemental Desire series.

In the world of the Elemental Desire series, Ragnarok is coming. (In case you don’t know, Ragnarok is the final battle between the Norse gods. It marks the death and rebirth of the world. According to the Norse myth, Ragnarok is cyclic, much like the seasons.) In Mist Unveiled, global warming has triggered the early slide into the end of the world. Melting icebergs have released a dangerous enemy and the players of the final battle have awoken too late to prevent it. They’re left scrambling to understand a world that no longer believes in the old gods or their warnings.

Humans have ignored the cautionary tales of old world and turned to science to help them solve their problems. They no longer look to myths to explain the unknowns, and it’s their need to understand ‘why’ that just might ensure this Ragnarok is the final one.

Do you know of any other Norse myths? What are your favorites?

Mist Unveiled

mist unveiled

Elemental Desire, Book 1

Cat has one love in her life—science. Facts rule her, not passion. At least it doesn’t until an unknown deadly virus claims her sister’s life. Cat’s quest for answers takes her to Greenland and drops her into the arms of the one man who sways her devotion from logic to passion. Rune stirs her lusts, ignites her desires and fuels her carnal cravings, but he isn’t simply a lover, nor is he human. He’s a weapon, one that has the potential to save or destroy her.

Rune, a child of the mist, awakens into a world hovering on the verge of destruction. Rising temperatures have released his enemies from their frozen prison without his knowledge. He searches for them but finds Cat, a human with the power to save him and the world. He hungers for her—blood, body and soul. Every moment of shared passion convinces him of the truth—she’s his greatest treasure, one he’ll die to keep.

Excerpt

Unable to resist the scent of heaven that had lured him to her in the first place, he buried his face into the fall of her raven hair. She smelled of something fruity and exotic. He couldn’t place the scent, but it compounded his craving. He wanted to devour her.

Deep breaths filled his lungs with her signature fragrance. Dizziness gripped him. He tightened his hold on her to stop himself from swaying and unleashed his will to influence her. With the few drops of his blood in her body, he wasn’t sure it’d actually work, but he had to try something.

“Calm down. I’m not going to hurt you.”

She hiccupped. The fingers scratching at his back stilled. He waited a moment for her to succumb completely to his order. Her tense body and rapid heartbeat didn’t lessen as they should have. More expletives whipped through him at the implications of her resistance. He took another breath to calm his racing pulse.

“You’re going to bring the authorities here. They’ll harass me, maybe toss me in jail, all for kissing you. You don’t want that.”

“Don’t I?”

Shit. He dropped his forehead to her shoulder and reined in his power. It was pointless to expend the energy if she was resistant to it. “No, you don’t. You can’t blame me for losing control when faced with temptation. You’re beautiful, Cat.”

She turned her head. He eased back and met her probing eyes. “How do you know my name?”

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Author Bio

A true romantic at heart, Nancy Corrigan is convinced there’s a knight in shining armor for every woman (or man), but you won’t find damsels in distress in her stories. She adores pairing alpha heroes with woman strong enough to match them and bring them to their knees. She also enjoys flipping the traditional roles in romances because her motto is—love and people should never be forced to conform to anyone’s norm.

She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.

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7 comments to “Nancy Corrigan: Making the paranormal world believable?”

  1. Nancy Corrigan
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    · November 20th, 2014 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Thanks for hosting me!



  2. ELF
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    · November 20th, 2014 at 8:49 pm · Link

    I’ve never been as interested in Norse mythology as in many of the other pantheons but naturally, Thor and Loki got higher on my radar after the movies came out, lol.



  3. Nancy Corrigan
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    · November 20th, 2014 at 9:42 pm · Link

    I love the wildness of Norse Mythology. It makes sense considering their environment. And yes, the movies give a very nice visual 😆



  4. flchen1
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    · November 20th, 2014 at 11:49 pm · Link

    I probably have read some Norse myths (I went through a phase where I LOVED mythology, and at the time, the school library had a pretty interesting collection of myths from different parts of the world!) but honestly, can’t say I remember too much at this point! I do still love reading stories based in mythology–this sounds great, Nancy!



  5. Sharon Chalk
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    · November 21st, 2014 at 4:56 pm · Link

    I am a great fan of the paranormal books but my intrest in them got started when I was 12 and took a semester of greek mythology and then was hooked and read mythology from all parts of the world,the Norse legends were some of my favorites because of Loki who was both bad and good depending and Odin and of course Thor tho for some reason Thor never seemed as real to me,but I remember that once upon a time I did wonder if Odin existed because an entire culture believed in him and had faith in him,if you like Norse mythology when it starts back up again you have got to watch the Smithsonian channels show about the Vikings,Nancy when I remember the exact name of the show I will email it to you I think you would love it and it has a lot of Norse mythology in it and the hero who we love is named Ragnor and a lot of the names in the show are names that were from that era!!!!



  6. Nancy Corrigan
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    · November 21st, 2014 at 8:09 pm · Link

    I’d love that! Thank you, Sharon 🙂



  7. Nancy Corrigan
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    · November 21st, 2014 at 8:12 pm · Link

    Thanks for checking it out, flchen <3 The thing about mythology that fascinates me most is how so many cultures from all over the world had similar myths. I can't help wondering why.