The Joys of an Overactive Imagination


So you know those fools you see running out of a haunted house, screaming their heads off as a madman with a chainsaw chases after them? You know the people I’m talking about. We’ve all seen them. The people who can’t grasp that there isn’t a chain on the end of that saw and it’s not a madman truly chasing them.

What’s wrong with these people?

Hi. I’m Esmerelda Bishop and I’m one of these fools.

The answer to the question is simple: an overactive imagination. You see, I do grasp it’s not real. But there’s a little portion of my brain that takes me completely into the moment and I forget reality. All I hear is the menacing sound of a chainsaw revving, all I see is the bloodied corridor I’m trapped in, and all I think is “Holy hell, I’ve got to get out of here.”

I love this part of my psyche. It makes me the writer I am. I’m not ashamed of my overactive imagination. I’m not embarrassed about it—even though it sure gives my friends some stories to tell. I embrace it and allow my imagination free rein.

Writers are special breed. I’m not saying all writers run screaming out of haunted houses, or sacrifices a friend to the chainsaw wielding madman by pushing her toward the raving lunatic then running—that’s just me. But the one thing we do have in common is a vivid imagination and the ability to bring it to life on paper. Although, for me, the latter took a lot longer to achieve than the former.

I started writing The Panther’s Lair a few years ago and shelved it after about 4,000 words. The story wasn’t working. About a year ago, I needed a break from a current WIP and started going through my “shelved” files. Honestly, I’d forgotten I’d even started this story and the stuff I was reading was utter crap, but it had potential. Lots of potential. It needed a major makeover, but the most important thing was the characters were actually talking to me.

So I went with it. Boy, am I glad I did. There are many milestones a writer aims to reach throughout their journey to publication: writing “The End” for the first time, putting your baby out there for the world to judge, getting the first rejection letter, and then your first sale. Although Carina Press was not my first sale, being offered a contract to be part of this wonderful publishing house was a huge milestone for me. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be among such talented authors and work with such a fantastic editor. Yes, Kym Hinton, I’m talking about you. So here is a huge Thank You to Carina Press for taking a chance on The Panther’s Lair. I’ve enjoyed every minute of this journey with you.

Stay tuned for a blog about The Panther’s Lair. My cover is scrumptious!

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34 thoughts on “The Joys of an Overactive Imagination”

  1. Liz Fichera says:

    Way to persevere, Esmerelda! Look forward to learning more about The Panther’s Lair–cool title!

  2. Thanks Liz! I’m pretty partial to the title myself:):)

  3. Heather Moore says:

    You sacrifice your friends to the chainsaw savage!?! Nice… and hilarious! :)

    Can’t wait to read The Panther’s Lair!

  4. I’m so excited for the release of The Panther’s Lair! Mega congratulations, Esme!!

  5. LOL!!! What a find! I’m one of those people, too. I know magic isn’t real, but I want to believe that guy is really making her disappear:-) Don’t ever lose that part of yourself.

    Pamela Hearon

  6. Love the title! Can’t wait to see the cover art! Way to build the suspense! As one over-active ‘imaginer’ to another, thanks for making me feel right at home :-)

  7. Janalyn says:

    Ha! Very cute! I’m one of those people too. Not really sacrificing friends, mind you, so much as testing their wills to live! ;) I’m very excited for you! Congratulations on everything!!

  8. Alison Pritchard says:

    Congrats on the release – I agree about the great title and I love the article. Over-active imagination? Hell, yeah! I think I was eight when I started my first book. My talking pets were main characters. Somehow I don’t think I’ll be fishing that one off the shelf like you did with The Panther’s Lair…


  9. Better watch it, Heather. Halloween is only a few months away;);)

  10. Pamela–if I haven’t grown out of it yet, I never will, lol. But I feel ya, I’m like that over magic and ghosts and fantasy and…well you get the idea, lol

  11. I think an over-active imagination is a requirement in this job. :) It allows me to look at the man in the field with a shovel (and where I live, there are a lot of men in fields with shovels) and not only imagine, but really wonder exactly WHAT he’s doing out there (translate this to mean, who is he burying?).

    I’m like Allison – I was in the single digits age when I started my first story, too. That will happily stay IN the drawer. :)

    Congrats on the upcoming release!

  12. Rebecca–Thanks!! Us imaginers have to stick together! :)

  13. Janalyn–bawahawahaha!!! testing their will to live. Love it!

  14. Alison–I bet that first book is absolutely priceless though! My daughter just “wrote” her first story about a mermaid, complete with pictures. It is so uber cute. I’m keeping it forever!! lol:)

  15. Thanks Jeannie! Totally agree. I love watching people and then making up my own story about what they are doing. Like I said to Alison though, I bet that first story is priceless! :)

  16. I’m running right behind you, Esmerelda. My husband and I were in a haunted house once and I freaked so badly that as we were leaving the entire staff was standing at the doors laughing.

  17. Sara Denton says:

    Haha, at least you don’t use your own child as a shield for a bumblebee. Those are real and do sting ;) So looking forward to the Panther’s Lair!!

  18. Estella says:

    I think an author has to have an overactive imagination!

  19. Tina Joyce says:

    Love the title and congratulations on the upcoming release! So very excited for you. I hear you on having an overactive imagination…it’s kind of a necessity for a writer (at least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it)!

    Can’t wait to see your cover!

  20. Lara Kairos says:

    A Frenchman sounds delicious. Makes me remember my time in Paris so fondly. :)

    An overactive imagination is a must for a writer! It’s the only way we can get all those wonderful stories to read.

  21. Congrats on your upcoming release, Emse! And an overactive imagination kept me company for many years riding in the backseat on Sunday drives with the folks…nice to know I’m finally putting it to good use with my books!

  22. Pearl says:

    With my overactive imagination I should’ve been a writer ;)

    And I’ve seenthe cover and it’s fabulicious!

  23. Diane M. says:

    With out an author’s imagination the world would be a boring place.

  24. Maria D. says:

    I can totally identify with you about the overactive imagination- only I don’t write…lol…I’ve embarrased myself in front of friends at movies due to screaming at scarry scenes and will actually admit to covering my eyes…I think a good imagination helps the reader too! Congrats on your Carina Press sale.

  25. Jennifer M says:

    Even though I don’t write, I definitely have an overactive imagination. Seeing the shower scene in Psycho when I was 10 left me scared to take a shower for a year.

  26. Yvette Davis says:

    Glad you found your story again. Nice work!

  27. Angie Campbell says:

    Great blog entry. I’m excited to read your story. :)

  28. Bernita says:

    Here’s to overactive immaginations!

  29. Esmerelda says:

    Charlotte–that is fantastic! LOL. I have to admit, I’ve had them laughing at me as I’ve left too. I even have a lovely sister who gave them my name before we went in, so I kept hearing it whispered over and over again. Nice huh? LOL

  30. Esmerelda says:

    Sara–I still remember that, lol.

    Estelle–I totally agree:)

    Tina–and you have one hell of a imagination! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it:):):)

    Lara–the world would be such a dull place without the imagination, wouldn’t it?

    Christyne–LOL, Love that. You have put that imagination to great use!

    Pearl–Thanks! And it’s never too late to start writing! I’m definately not one of those who’ve written since I was kid. I was a reader up until five years ago:):)

    Diane–so true. All the worlds I would’ve missed out on. I hate to even think about it.

    Maria– I horror movie with friends would not be complete without me screaming out and slapping my hands to my face a few hundred times throughout, lol. So I feel ya!!

    Jennifer M–I have one of those. The Exorcist. I was never the same again after that one.

    Yvette– Thank you! I’m happy I got it out too! I have a few others in the started but dropped pile I need to go back to:)

    Angie–Thank you! Thanks for stopping by!

    Bernita–*clicking glass to yours* here here!

  31. Fedora says:

    So glad for your overactive imagination, Esmeralda–we readers truly benefit! :)

  32. Kym says:

    I’m a bit late to the party since I was traveling last week, but I wanted to stop in and say that I love this story, and you were a joy to work with too, Esme! And also, if this is the type of work sitting in your “SHELVED” files, I need you to start going through them again immediately. :)

  33. MaryK says:

    “What’s wrong with these people?

    The answer to the question is simple: an overactive imagination. You see, I do grasp it’s not real. But there’s a little portion of my brain that takes me completely into the moment and I forget reality.”

    Oh, I can so relate to this! I don’t do haunted houses or monster/horror movies. I know they aren’t real. But my imagination will insist on housing them in dark corners or under my bed – and I’m way past the age for monsters under the bed. 8O

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