#BadMoonRising Wild Darkness by Paula Cappa #shortstory #thriller #mystery

Hope you’re all getting into the Halloween spirit by watching scary movies (or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – it’s a must watch every year for me), carving pumpkins, or eating all the candy and then going out to buy more before the trick or treaters get there tomorrow – whatever works for you. Today’s author regularly uses tarot cards – but not in the typical way. If you’re a writer, you may want to adopt her technique. I know I’ll be looking into it. Welcome Paula Cappa!

Have you ever had a tarot card reading?

Not exactly. I have had psychic readings. I do like the tarot. I have a stack of tarot cards on my bookshelf over my writing desk and often use the book “Tarot for Writers.” I pick the cards out with a question in mind, and it  triggers my creativity. Kind of like brainstorming with the inner self, exploring my subconscious to deeper creativity. It’s very exciting and I’m often surprised how well the tarot directs me and the character in my story. Word out there has it that John Steinbeck used tarot cards to inspire his creativing writing process too.

If you watch horror movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, covers your eyes, or falls asleep?

I’m not fond of hard core horror. I’m more the quiet horror type. I like the supernatural to be so mysterious that you have to find out what truth is coming through the action. Hauntings attract me and that’s why almost all of my fiction deals with ghostly presences. I consider my work supernatural, not horror, because it’s the spirituality of those existing in the beyond who fascinate me.  I want to get to know them and bring them into our physical world.

Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?

Oh yes. Often when walking in nature, the woods, or in cemeteries (I frequent a local cemetery near my home) there are shadows and light flashes that catch me. They are not figures exactly, but presences that draw my eye and my thoughts. So I spend time listening. In my novel The Dazzling Darkness (which takes place in a cemetery in Concord, MA) I spent weeks in cemeteries, walking through the statuary and headstones to get a sense of the dead. Gray rainy days are especially inspiring. Rain ghosts!

What do you do to get inside your characters’ heads?

I spend time being them by eating the food they prefer, dressing like them, speaking in their tone of voice and performing their jobs. In my novel Greylock, the central character is a Russian concert pianist. I don’t play piano, but I spent hours listening to Rachmaninoff concertos (volume turned up)  and played an imaginary keyboard on my desk. This experience gave me a deep feeling of what it’s like to feel the music inside my hands and mind, letting the music fill me. I became Alexei Georg for the two years I spent writing Greylock, a mystery with a music phantom.

How would you describe your book’s ideal reader?

My ideal reader is someone who loves to explore the spiritual side of ghosts in fiction. Why do the dead come back to us? Why do they hover in our lives? Learning from ghosts is a lifelong endeavor of mine and my readers aren’t afraid to go into the world of fiction to find a ghost come forward on the page. There is a truth in that we are in the midst of the spiritual world all the time. If you believe spirit is everything and life is indestructible, you will enjoy my supernatural mystery stories.

What are you working on now?

I am half way through a novel about a rain ghost who haunts a windmill in Bedford, NY.  A poet, a sketch artist, a shaman, and murder by magic.

The force of nature, force of death, force of consciousness. A short story of Agatha Ashfield who explores the spiritual realms of ghosts. Come meet Falling Water, the ghost beneath the hickory trees on Mohawk River.

Agatha Ashfield, a wise woman in her late years, has long been fascinated by the power of Nature. She meets a ghost called Falling Water who dwells beneath the hickory trees by Mohawk River. As Agatha seeks her destiny, she struggles to overcome fears of her impending death, find a way to trust goodness, the power of Nature, and release her everlasting consciousness. This is a short tale of mystery, love, passion, and spirituality. If you enjoy exploring the spiritual world and its realms, you will enjoy entering Agatha’s mysterious Wild Darkness. Wild Darkness was originally published at ParAbnormal Magazine, March 2020.

Amazon reviewer: “Imaginative and creative story. The narrator places you firmly by Agatha’s side and you feel like you are taking that final journey with her.”

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Author Bio and Social Media

Paula Cappa is the recipient of a Chanticleer Book Award and American Book Fest’s Best Books Award Finalist for her novel Greylock. She also earned the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Award, Silver Medal Winner at Global Book Awards, The Readers’ Favorite International Bronze Medal for Supernatural Suspense, and is a Gothic Readers Book Club Award Winner in Outstanding Fiction. She is the author of Greylock, The Dazzling Darkness, and Night Sea Journey—print editions published by Crispin Books, Milwaukee WI.Night Sea Journey was featured as an on-air reading at RiverwestRadio, Fearless Reader Radio in Wisconsin.Cappa’s short fiction has appeared in ParABnormal Magazine, Coffin Bell Literary Journal, Unfading DaydreamDark Gothic Resurrected MagazineWhistling Shade Literary Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Sirens Call Ezine, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Twilight Times Ezine, and in anthologies Journals of Horror: Found FictionMystery Time, and Human Writes Literary Journal. She is a freelance copy editor and writes a short story blog, Reading Fiction, at paulacappa.wordpress.com. Paula Cappa is Co-Chair of the Pound Ridge Authors Society in Pound Ridge, NY.

Website and Reading Fiction Blogpaulacappa.wordpress.com

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/paula.cappa.94

Goodreads URL: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6553133.Paula_Cappa

Twitter     https://twitter.com/PaulaCappa1 

Instagram   @paula_cappa

Amazon Author Page:    https://www.amazon.com/Paula-Cappa/e/B009P2HZ7A/

Buy Links for novels:

The Dazzling Darkness  https://www.amazon.com/The-Dazzling-Darkness-ebook/dp/B00CJH944U

Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009ONWSC2

Greylock   https://www.amazon.com/Greylock-Paula-Cappa-ebook/dp/B0168XVNZS

30 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising Wild Darkness by Paula Cappa #shortstory #thriller #mystery

    1. Thank you, Priscilla. Wild Darkness was a real challenge for me to write. I did struggle with it for some time. Dealing with death—that mysterious journey we will all take—is haunting in itself. When ParAbnormal Magazine published it, I was thrilled.

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  2. A very interesting and entertaining post today, Teri! And Paula, I’m fascinated by how you get into your character’s heads like that. I’ve never tried “being” my characters before. I always imagine myself walking along behind them, taking note of what they do and say. This could be a whole new approach for me.

    Love your use of tarot cards for idea sources, too. And Wild Darkness sounds right up my alley. Will be checking it out, for sure! Best wishes for continued success with your books! Super post! 😊💖

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  4. Hi Teri. Thanks to you and Paula for this delightful visit.
    I enjoyed the tarot answer. It looks like Paula uses tarot cards in one of the several ways that I sometimes use them.
    Horsefeathers! That is some intense character-channeling for getting into their heads. I wish I could do that with my Hullaba Lulu character… although I’d end up even fatter and most likely arrested toboot! 😀
    Happy Halloween hugs!

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  5. Like all the commenters, I’m impressed by your way to get into the character´s heads, and because I love to walk through cemeteries, I can imagine what an intense experience you must have had researching your novel. I like the tarot card method as well. Thanks, Paula, for sharing your writing methods and good luck!

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    1. Coldhandboyack, I agree that writing or even just exploring creative thinking in a particular setting to be inspiring. Kind of like sitting on the beach with ocean waves and letting nature roll through you. I find ocean waves and big sky to be cleansing for creative writing.

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    1. Hi Joan, yeah, the horror genre is too hard core for me. I’ll take an old fashioned ghost story any time. I like to read the classic authors like Algernon Blackwood and M.R. James. Edith Wharton is another go-to ghost writer I love.

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  6. I’ve grown more towards the supernatural than to horror, too. It always used to be the other way around, but I find ghost stories far more satisfying now.
    Paula, your use of tarot cards is fascinating. I’ve never heard of anyone doing that before. I’m guessing you stick to the cards when they are drawn and don’t draw another one? Does that mean that when the death card is drawn, you kill off the character?

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