Supernatural Creatures Have Problems Too!
I’m a believer. I have always believed in fairies, pixies, gnomes, ever since someone, probably my grandfather, read me my first fairy tale. I heard or read about trolls, dwarves, shape changers, magic users, evil warlocks and good wizards, magicians, and mythical gods. They populated my early years of wonder and vivid imagination.
I remember hunting through my aunt’s flower-filled garden one visit because I knew I’d seen glints of fairy dust across tissue-thin petals when the sun rose. I’m sure I heard music around toadstool fairy rings at the edge of forests.
I loved Dracula by Bram Stoker, and all the old movies about vampires. I still reread Tolkien’s stories every year.
I want to believe.
In my real life, I’ve worked for a long time with medical specialists, as secretary, clinic administrator and transcriptionist. I met all kinds of really sick people, every day, for years. At the end of my medical career, I worked in a department with a different pace: Seniors’ Health. And I got to know some families very well.
When you work with doctors who work with sick people, you need to escape after work. I found stories of the supernatural a good way to flee my working life. I’d read of unicorns and dryads roaming uncut forests, trolls up in their mountains, naiads swimming clear streams. My dreams populated themselves with these creatures. I needed to rely on anything in my fantasies except these patients whose problems I wanted to forget.
One day, one of my patients’ wives whispered to me she wanted to be a fairy so she never had to grow old.
Zap! My worlds collided. Medical met supernatural. Just like that.
I looked at different medical problems ‘normal’ people have. And thought deeply about my supernatural friends. Why couldn’t a vampire gain weight? I questioned one of the doctors in our office, a haematologist and after humming and hawing, he got this glint in his eyes and smiled. He told me there is no theoretical reason why the bad cholesterol in a victim’s blood couldn’t cause a vampire to gain weight.
Love ‘n Lies was born in that instant. Leticia, my young vampire wakes up after her yearlong Sleep, to find she’s gained weight. She discovers many vampires also have a sudden weight problem, including her twin sister.
Once that idea blossomed in my brain, other supernatural creatures sprang to mind. All having some human-type, ‘normal’ problem. As if trying to live in a human city, fit in with humans while still keeping true to their species, all the while experiencing life at all ages, wasn’t hard enough.
My imagination ran riot as I considered all the different ailments I’d either heard about or seen that could be contracted by a supernatural being. Heck, I even considered those they could be born with, or grow into. And of course there are the normal medical problems like broken bones, sprains, the flu, and general aging. I won’t give my ideas away, but I’m sure you can imagine a few more scenarios all on your own.
I guess you can say my 9-5 job set the stage for writing about the supernatural world having to deal with ‘normal’ human medical problems.
And they always say: write what you know.
Synopsis for Love ‘n Lies
Gaining weight is a human problem. At least that’s what Leticia always thought. But when this vivacious vampire wakes from her year-long slumber and discovers that her formerly svelte frame has retained a few extra pounds, it becomes apparent that something has gone amiss.
A girl just can’t wander around the Calgary Stampede in clothes that don’t fit! So she sets about the task of shopping and working out a low-cal diet of humans she can live on. When her friends notice how depressed she is, one of them suggests she adopt a tomcat named Justin to keep her company. Little does she know that she would fall madly in love with her new kitty. The moment she does, the spell cast over Justin is broken and he takes his true form – a long, tall, dark haired man with an insatiable sex drive. Letty is more tempted than she ever thought possible and can’t keep her hands off him anymore than he can keep his off of her.
After taking him back to her childhood home, Evermore, to consult with the head wizard Silvius, she soon discovers the Warlock who cast the spell over Justin isn’t letting him go so easily.
Throw in a nasty twin sister who’ll do anything to get her hands on what Letty has, including Justin’s more than hot body, and you end up with Love… ‘n Lies!
Aspen lives in the Foothills of Alberta with her husband, two of her four children, a dog, a lovebird and a glaring of semi-feral cats. You will often find her watching the wildlife happily feasting in her vegetable garden in the early morning dawn. Being a lover of nature, and all things natural, she wouldn’t trade her country lifestyle for all the beans on the stalk.
A die-hard believer in fairy tales, Aspen hopes her fairy godmother is the Muse. Lending credence to this notion is one of Aspen’s earliest memories: writing a story for her little brother in crayon on a favored picture book and earning a spanking as her first critical review. Never deterred, Aspen continued to make up stories, and hone her craft, until finally letting a few escape her clutches in 2010.
Love ‘n Lies is Aspen’s first work in The Evermore Chronicles, the concept for which was developed while she was employed in the seniors’ medical field. Do paranormal beings suffer from medical problems also? What happens to aging Vampires, Wizards, Trolls and the like? The questions begged to be answered… And of course, their stories needed to be told.