I recently read a blog which talked about the importance for writers to read genres they don’t write about. Shortly afterward, I had a brief conversation with Me and Myself. You know the kind?
“There are so many genres out there,” I said to Myself. “I wouldn’t know where to start. Besides, I am sometimes quite picky about what I read. Suspense is – always has been – at the top of my list and that’s never going to change. That’s what I read and write. Romance, humour, and true stories are next on the list. but now, Paranormal? Vampires? Sci-Fi? Forget it, I never read them.”
“Why not?” Myself asked.
“I don’t know. I’m just not into that kind of stuff. It’s not my thing, I guess,” I replied.
“Oh?” Me Chimed in. “But if you don’t read these genres, how in the world would you know that you’re not into that kind of stuff?” Me chimed in, eyebrows raised, and fingers drumming on the arm of the chair.
“Touché!” I said, defeated.
As an aspiring Christian suspense author, I belong to a writers’ group/forum where several of them are published. This gives me a lot of genres to choose from. So, I decided to try something new. Coincidentally, the week the above conversation took place, I read about a YA paranormal, co-written by one of the writers in the group.
Ashlyn’s Radio by Wilson Doherty (Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty). Here’s a blurb about it.
When her mother is institutionalized after a mental breakdown, Ashlyn Caverhill is forced to abandon Toronto, and the only life she’s ever known, to go live in Maine with the only relative she has: her grandmother. At first, she finds it Prescott Junction… boring, except for the ghost train that goes through at night to claim lost souls; a rumour Ashlyn dismisses quickly. While Ashlyn refuses to believe in a train that comes to claim lost souls, several unexplained deaths near the tracks seem to suggest otherwise. When the antique radio in her grandmother’s basement comes to life and she’s told that the radio is a Caverhill curse, Ashlyn is forced to face reality and needs her two new friends’ help to ensure that her soul remains unclaimed.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book but I liked what I read. Once I started, it was hard to put down. Though I know the difference between fact and fiction, it still had me intrigued until the end, because there were several questions for which I wanted answers… answers that came in due time and not a moment before. I don’t want to give anything away, but will say that it had me shed a few tears – happy ones and sad ones – and the ending had me choked up.
So what else can I say about this book? Ashlyn’s Radio is light, yet ghostly, happy and sad, interesting, and delightful. For my first paranormal, I’d say I wasn’t disappointed.