A few years later I'm reading these paranormal books, and vampire books, and enjoying them, but never felt compelled to write anything in the genre. Then I read three series in particular that I'm not afraid to mention.
The Cornerstone series by Misty Provencher (you can find her on facebook and Amazon Kindle store)
The Captured series by Erica Stevens
Word and Breath by Susannah Noel
These books by independent authors were life-changing, in a way. The stories were compelling, the characters true-to-life (other than certain paranormal elements of course!) and the authors weren't afraid to get their stories out there. One of the series contained quite a few spelling errors and/or typos, but the story was so driven that I chose to ignore the foibles. And that was when I realized that I had a desire to write a book in the paranormal genre. All I needed was a good idea!
December 2012, the idea came like a lightning bolt.
So here I am, in the very exciting phase of creation and production. It's fun and frightening at the same time.