Paranormal Fiction Author, DC Grace and her Non-Fiction Supernatural Scoop Q & A on New Orleans with Bloody Mary
Paranormal Fiction authors are drawn to New Orleans for inspiration. DC Grace is no exception. In fact she loves New Orleans so much that she got married here December 28.2014; Bloody Mary, priestess presiding. The ceremony was at La Provincial Hotel courtyard. The hotel is one of New Orleans premier Haunted Hotels. The two authors met on Bloody Mary’s Ghost and voodoo tours some years earlier. They shared spirits and vampire lore in a haunted bar to solidify their connections. So I guess you get the theme here. Listen in as Bloody Mary questions Dawn (DC) here on her paranormal fiction and fantasy inspirations .
Who is DC Grace? Describe yourself.
I am a lover of various cultures, the paranormal, kitties and all things fuzzy. I don’t put myself in just one box. I am a woman of many boxes… hehehe! I am also an author of paranormal/fantasy fiction, and am currently working on my eighth book.
Do you have one particular turning point that pulled you into paranormal fiction?
I don’t know if it was just one thing per se. I’ve always had a fascination with the supernatural. The first story I ever wrote was about “the thing in the basement”, and that was at nine years old. It seems only fitting, I suppose, that paranormal/fantasy is the genre I would end up in,
Do you find New Orleans a source of paranormal inspiration for you?
Most definitely! New Orleans not only inspires me in that aspect, but with characters, as well. I love to sit at Cafe du Monde and people watch. But more particularly, Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral at night are powerhouses of inspiration for me. The fog rolling in, the sound of footsteps on damp cobbles, shadows stretching across the buildings – it’s got everything my mind needs to go into creativity overload!
What do you love about New Orleans?
What don’t I love would be a shorter list, hahahaha! I love the history, the warmth of the people, the food, the atmosphere. Everything. Mostly I love that sense of “home” that settles over me the second I reach the city limits.
Have you had any actual paranormal experiences in New Orleans? If so, where, when?
Until I was in the Crescent City for my wedding, the vast majority of my paranormal experiences here were pretty tame: the feeling of being watched, that kind of thing. But having had prior experiences, I knew what they were. But during our stay at Hotel Provincial, which is most definitely haunted, I woke up to see a shadow go across the wall. Since my then fiance/now husband was asleep beside me, I can only assume that was the resident ghost from our suite. 🙂
When you stay in New Orleans do you purposely choose a haunted hotel it do you find out find out after-the-fact?
On purpose. Definitely on purpose. 😉
What made you want to get married in New Orleans and/or with me?
Really, New Orleans was the only choice. The Big Easy has always been my favorite place in the world, and my relationship with Craig is a perfect fit for it. He loves, appreciates and respects what I do, and he’s as fascinated with history, architecture and the supernatural as I am. Getting married there just made sense for us.
Having you officiate was another thing that simply made sense. We knew what we wanted out of a wedding ceremony, going back to the Olde World Celtic vows, etc., and I knew you were just the woman for that job. If anybody could meld Wicca and Gaelic and give us the beautiful, memorable ceremony we were looking for, it was Bloody Mary!
You got married in a hotel it is known to be haunted. It was once a hospital that was used to treat soldiers from the Battle of New Orleans. The Battle of New Orleans was brewing 200 years prior from the dates during your wedding stay. Did that anniversary prompt you or your guests to have strange dreams or paranormal encounters with soldiers, battles, pirates and the lot?
Just that one late night visitor to our suite. I think it was the little girl from the picture over our fireplace. If anyone else had an experience, they ain’t talking, hahaha!
Do you ever take any inspiration for the paranormal Fiction characters in your books from real ghosts and history or living people from here?
– Oh yes! My recent book, released 2016, was inspired by people and places in and around New Orleans! Backroom Bourbon Street will touch on the “legend” of Marie Laveau, and is actually set in modern New Orleans. It opens outside St. Louis Cathedral at midnight – I went straight for the spine tingles! I can’t wait for everyone to read it!
What do you think about all the spirit stories and ghost pictures I’ve shared with you of Lafitte, Laveau or Lalaurie?
I love all your stories on your fabulous tours, but particularly those about Marie Laveau. So much mystery remains about her, even down to the question of her birth year. It just gets my creative juices flowing!
Lafitte would be an awesome fictional hero, though I must admit I don’t know as much as I’d like to know. I plan to come back soon and do some research, though.
Have you ever felt the nature spirit side of New Orleans?
Definitely, especially along the banks of the Mississippi! Sometimes, sitting in the park at Jackson Square, if you’re very quiet, you can almost hear them in the trees… or so I’d like to think… Yes, New Orleans is definitely home sweet home for my restless author’s mind!
Do your novels also deal with nature spirits, faeries and the dark side too?
Yes, they do. I like to show the dark side. As an author, I’m not afraid to do that. I think to have light, you must also have dark. Yin and yang, all things must balance.
Have you ever felt the dark side of NOLA?
Just once, walking down a darkened street at night on the Quarter. I didn’t see anything, but there was definitely something there. This was a few years back, but I still avoid that particular courtyard entrance at night!
So you write about the dark side but are not quite ready to confront it. What do you fear would happen if you did?
I don’t know if I necessarily “fear” something happening. If I know what I’m up against, I’ll absolutely face it. It’s when it’s the “unknown” – that proverbial can of worms, if you will – that I’m not too excited to confront. Those dark forces that I’m unaware of and unprepared for are what keep me away from that courtyard entrance. ( courtyard could be a metaphor)
What was the catalyst for your new Conjuror chronicles series ?
First and most importantly, I wanted to give readers exposure to magical creatures that haven’t been shown in dozens of books. I wanted to create a group of people that are relatable; people they might encounter every day and never know the differences they carried. My Conjurors separate themselves from “witches”, in that they don’t require incantations, herbs, or a particular moon phase. They manipulate actual, physical energy and all that goes with it. But as a whole, their every day lives are much like yours and mine.
The moment that actually propelled me into the world I was looking to create was during a visit to New Orleans. There was a girl I encountered whose demeanor attracted my attention before her “look”. I followed her, happily carrying her new gloves, wearing a rainbow tutu, combat boots and a bright beanie over her bald head. She was a member of the transient community, and ultimately become the character of Shyla. But it was her smile in the face of all she’d been through that ultimately created the world I now call The Conjuror Chronicles.
You have been exposed to some real voodoo and hoodoo over the years on my tours and classes and elsewhere. Do you think that you help educate the public through your new characters on these subjects or do they perpetuate the myths?
I like to be factual as much as possible. I don’t like to lead anyone down a primrose path, because the reality is you cannot have light without dark. There is balance. However, I am careful to never give examples of rituals or private ceremonial events verbatim. I take a little out, change a little, but still keep as much as I can without giving “trade secrets”, so to speak. I am careful not to cross lines, especially knowing there are some out there who might try to use things in a bad way. I’m not going to hand them the keys to do so!
True practitioners and voodoo priestess have mixed feelings about historical fiction/ supernatural fictions use of magic to color they’re characters. While you u have reached out to understand it , some do not.Why do you think the myth of voodoo and the supernatural is important to keep alive? and or Why can it be a detriment to validity if the religion?
I only think it is a detriment is the writer is strictly using it for shock value and does not care about the sanctity of the actual religion itself. In writing The Before, I use the zombie element of voodoo in the main storyline. However, I did not use the Hollywood, brain-eating mythos. I used the Haitian beliefs from hundreds of years ago, when slaves wanted to kill themselves, but believed to do so would trap them as they were forever, but unthinking and unfeeling: just existing. It is important to keep these things alive because they are important. They shaped who so many people became, what so many cultures became. To forget them is to lose a piece of history. So while I will fictionalize to a degree, if I can use my characters too both entertain AND educate, that’s what I’ll do every time. Because anything can be a teaching moment.
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The Conjuror chronicles takes a slightly different path than most mystic novel series and introduces you to many sorts of practices. she went to dig in some old French lore to bring them to light . Come to the Q & A book signing at Bloody Mary Haunted museum and find out about it all first hand! Feb 16 3pm-5pm
The Amethyst Dragon series takes readers on a walk back in time. In Dade Blue-Therror’s world, chivalry is not dead, and Avalon still exists on a plane that holds fast to simple truths. Faery magic is real, Morgan le Fay is real, and with the help of Dade, the Amethyst Dragon, Camelot could rise again.
Faery tale meets modern romance in this exciting, thought-provoking series. It is an epic saga of passion, fire, fury and everlasting love. Battle lines are drawn as darkness and light fight for control. Only one warrior was born to walk both light and dark – the Amethyst Dragon. But who can Dade really trust? The faeries, who cannot lie but tell creative truths, or the mortals he is so suspicious of?
Welcome to Avalon, the world of the elusive Dragon Fae. Bring your silver bough for the Ferryman, and enter a world that few have glimpsed. But remember: with dragons, you can get burned…