A girlfriend and I recently took a road trip . . . and for writers that means one thing: plotting. She’s working on a paranormal series that will include both historical “foundation” books as well as contemporary “urban fantasy” books. Obviously this means lots and lots and lots of world building. Since my friend also happens to be a huge history buff, she’s working hard to tie all the paranormal aspects in to historical events, people, civilizations in ways that makes them seem “natural”.
We were both jazzed when I figured out an historical basis for the names of the first paranormal generation and then found linked ones for the various houses and talents that descend from them. Once I got into the spirit of the thing, it was actually quite fun to plot something so different from my own books.
The history buff in me is fascinated. Just watching how her mind works inspires me (in fact, on the drive home we dreamed up a paranormal series for me—we’ll see if it ever sees the light of day). So I guess my rather simple question today is, as readers, how do you feel about historical paranormals? Do you like them to be closely tied to actual history (where the paranormal would have to be “hidden”)? Do books that are clearly set in an “alternative” history work best for you (where the paranormal is open and known)?