“I talk to dead people.”
Five little words and they strike terror into your heart. Your mind immediately flashes to a scared little boy desperate for help and you tense, just a little. Ahhh, scary stories. How I love them. And that’s why I love writing Paranormal Romance. Not only can we write scintillating stories that get our blood pumping, but throw a hot guy in there to ride to the rescue and life is good.
One of my stories, Black Magic Lover, is set deep in a Louisiana swamp where things definitely go bump in the night. We have voodoo magick and creepy stalkers and, yes, a hero who can see dead people. Even though he wishes to God he didn’t. And what’s worse, he can see those touched by Death’s decrepit hand himself. Those who are about to die.
Just thinking about it gives me chills. What gives you chills? How about a cemetery where all the graves are above ground, a swamp so thick with algae, even the trees stand up on their knees. A house so old, the wood creaks and groans, begging for release. And yet, people live there. People thrive there. And you have to wonder, how? Why? What secrets are locked away behind their dark doors?
Ahhh, yes, I love Louisiana. Love the swamps. The history. The exotic mysticism. And, of course, New Orleans. Birthplace of Lestat, the Witches of Mayfair, and so many other wonderful titillating tales.
What are your favorite scary stories? What keeps you up at night? What has you turning the pages because you’re afraid to turn out the lights?
Afraid to breathe….
Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning, multi-published author who has published 11 books and short stories for Harlequin/Silhouette and Steeple Hill. Her latest novel, Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies was one of the launch books for Entangled Publishing’s Romantic Suspense line Dead Sexy Books. Cynthia lives in North Carolina with her husband and three teenage kids. She has a deep affection for horror movies, thrillers and all things that go bump in the night. And in the South with its thick woods, creepy crawlers and graveyards haunting every corner, there is a lot of bumping to stir the imagination. Cynthia is best known for writing page-turners that will keep her readers up late into the night. So if you choose to take that ride into the dark, don’t forget to turn on the lights. Cynthia Cooke’s books aren’t sweet and they aren’t for the faint of heart.
Enjoy the Dark Seduction.