My WWII paranormal suspense, EXPECT DECEPTION, released on June 21. For this first conversation after its release, I’m sharing some concepts about today’s younger audiences that I gleaned from a 2014 online article by Jeff Gomez about the Disney movie, Frozen. (http://read.bi/1ey3MF2). I kept these concepts in mind as I wrote this “soft” thriller.
While exploring why this animated movie drew young people to the box office when other similar movies hadn’t had the same success, Gomez reasoned that these ingredients were in play:
- Children are growing up in a world colored by shades of gray. Gen X’ers and adult Millennials are teaching their Gen-Z progeny that it isn’t about Good vs. Evil, it’s about trying to figure out why they’re yelling at you.
- Gen-Z kids are starved for a female superhero, a girl wielding power. Equally important is the Frozen heroine’s transformation from an uptight teen to the majestic Snow Queen. As Gomez says, it seems the one thing we can’t resist is a makeover.
EXPECT DECEPTION is a novel of transformation and empowerment for the heroine. In her makeover, Livvy finds “self-awareness” and “self-fulfillment” during World War II as a clairvoyant and as a member of the U.S. WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service).
Recruited by the government to search for Nazi spies on the East Coast and under the command of the navy, her team of psychics is charged with counteracting Hitler’s occult circle practice of mind control. Livvy’s confidence grows as she increases her skill and becomes more valuable to her country.
In book one of the Operation Delphi series, EXPECT TROUBLE, Livvy learned how to increase her psychic powers. In EXPECT DECEPTION, she learns how to be an effective team leader of psychics who are as easy to corral as cats. She meshes the skills of the other four team members—a crystal ball reader, a medium, a seer of ghosts, and a nurse with healing hands—into the strength and powers needed to take on the Nazi spy, who is also a black arts magician capable of invoking demons.
We authors have to be aware of the changing viewpoints of younger readers who will become our future readers, so I incorporated these article viewpoints into my paranormal stories. While I am an author who writes “good vs. evil” themes, I used the day-by-day baby steps we all need to take to resolve issues and to reach goals to show the slow transformation and empowerment of my characters. These baby steps are the shades of gray needed by the next generation of readers who want to understand why they are getting yelled at.
Do your life experiences match the conclusions Gomez reaches in his article? Do you find that it takes “baby steps” to get to the new levels of your personal development?
Let us know.
When JoAnn Smith Ainsworth carried wood as a pre-teen so her Great Aunt Martha could stoke up the iron stove to prepare dinner, she wasn’t thinking, “I could use this in a novel someday.” Yet, the skills she learned from her horse-and-buggy ancestors translate into backdrops for her historical romance and paranormal suspense novels.
JoAnn’s debut medieval romantic suspense novels received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews. Of her historical western romances: “If you love westerns, this is the book for you. Great characters, great plot, and a story that will make you smile.” ……. Lauren Calder, Reviewer, Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Of JoAnn’s paranormal suspense, Expect Trouble, reviewers said: “If you like the British series The Bletchley Circle, you will enjoy this book!” ……. Patricia Simpson, Author; and “…This talented author strategically and skillfully takes the reader on a trip that will stay with them for a very long time.” …….Lauren Calder, Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Expect Trouble was a semi-finalist in the East Texas Writers Guild first chapter contest 2015. The sequel, Expect Deception, releases June 2016.
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