Published: February 12, 2013; Word Count: 70K
Genre: Christian Paranormal Romance
Nathaniel Taylor was a Christian who thought believers were exempted from “dark times.” That was until he entered his own long time in the dark. When he meets Lilly, a young woman in danger, it sends him on a journey to discover the difference between night and day and that during dark times, the Light is hidden, not gone.
The drumming of two additional heartbeats echoed in my ears. The smells of adrenaline and body odor combined with that of chemicals being cooked. Upon closer examination, I could see the padlock on the shack was not engaged; the latch was open. Immediately, I grabbed Lilly’s arm and swung her behind me. She did not resist.
One of the brown wooden doors flew open, revealing two men pointing black
40-millimeter guns at us. The gaunt and filthy men were both in dirty jeans,
too old and worn to be worth washing. One had on a black t-shirt with the name
of a heavy metal band on it, while the other wore a filthy hole-infested blue
shirt. Same sandy blond hair and hazel eyes. Related.
“Look-a-here, a couple of trespassers,” the man in the black shirt announced.
“What was it the boss said to do with trespassers?”
An evil smile grew on the face of the other man. “Shoot ’em dead. But he never
said we couldn’t have a little fun first.”
“I like how you think, little brother,” he replied, never taking his eyes off of us. A disgusting glint appeared in his eye as he gave Lilly a head-to-toe look. He nodded into the direction of the trees just to the left. “The two of you are going to walk with us into those woods there. It will make it a little easier for us to shoot you and drag you
to the lake without being seen.”
I secured Lilly’s position behind me and drove ice into my tone as I answered,
“I don’t believe we’ll be making things easy for you this evening.”
“Tough guy huh?” the older one responded almost cheerfully. “That’ll only make
it more fun when you start to beg.”
“Oh, I won’t be the one begging.”
“No, that’ll be your girlfriend’s job,” answered the one in blue with a
In less than a second, I shoved Lilly several feet away and lunged at the man
in the blue shirt. A shot rang out at close range, followed by Lilly’s scream.
I asked Melissa about the challenges of writing a Christian Paranormal Romance. This is her response:
Writing a Christian Paranormal Romance, I knew I had to be prepared to swim upstream, meaning, I should expect resistance. I had a friend who got really upset when I told her what I was going to write. She and my family were praying for me and what they felt was me experiencing some kind of drift from Christ by trying to write a Christian paranormal romance. But I saw it the way the church reacted to contemporary Christian music back in the 80s and 90s. Now that style of music is accepted in most churches. Someone just had to start. I made the point to not make it too edgy in any other aspect and to make it as Christian as I could, to balance off what I was asking the Christian reading audience to accept. So it has a pretty heavy handed message, but I knew generally only Christian conservatives read Christian fiction and I needed to speak to that audience in a way they would accept. The allegory had to be very open and easy to understand and not left open to too much individual interpretation.
I remember when I became a fan of vampires. It was a show called Forever Knight when I was a kid. The vampire was a cop and he had other vampire friends but mostly longed to be in the light. He knew the “eternal life” they had was a trap of forever darkness and feeding the monster that controlled them and he was looking for a way out. Even as a child, I saw that as a spiritual story of a lost person realizing he has bought into a lie and wanting a way into the Light.
C.S. Lewis said you can get much closer to the truth through fantasy than you can with a more realistic story. I write Christian Paranormal Romance because to me, our world really is a realm of the supernatural and we are all part of this ongoing romantic pursuit of God sending us love messages waiting for us to love Him back.
Melissa Turner Lee holds a BA in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She has studied fiction writing since 2008, attending various writing conferences and workshops, along with guidance from professional writing coaches. She resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband and 3 sons.
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