Jumping into Korean Mythology: Mystical Monsters in Repossessed
BY SHAWNTELLE MADISON
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This is my first time here on Romance Divas with a blog post and Iâ€™m excited to talk about one of my favorite parts of writing: research, research, and research.
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In my latest paranormal romance release, REPOSSESSED, my hero Rob Shin is a Korean warlock with an arsenal of magical tools in his magical satchel. For Robâ€™s story, I wanted to jump in headfirst into Korean mythology and research the mythological creatures told in tales. Iâ€™d already performed this kind of research for COVETED and KEPT, two other books in the same universe. For those I explored Russian mythological creatures, in particular the vodyanoy and rusalka. The vodyanoy is a water spirit and the rusalka is water nymph. For REPOSSESSED I wanted to take things a step further since my story this time has a Korean spellcaster as the protagonist and not a werewolf like in COVETED.
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So, where did start? I wanted to add depth to my story so I dived into the books first and then moved onto online sources. One of my first books was An Illustrated Guide to Korean Mythology by Choi Won-On. The book is a bit hard to find and around 300 pages, but your local university might have a copy like mine did. Be sure to check out the â€œFurther Readingâ€ section in the back of the book. There are some valuable references there.
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After exploring written materials, I moved online and found more information about Korean goblins (dokkaebi), fire-breathing beasts like dragons, and vengeful ghosts like gwishin. There were so many pictures to feed the imagination. Rob could face many deadly adversaries and even have a few comedic moments if I chose. I could bring the past into the present and have it be a driving force to create conflict. Why not have the beasts that challenged heroes in the past come to life in the present and cause just as much trouble?
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As far as Harabeuji, the talking satchel with a trapped spirit from medieval Korea, that idea came from connecting the past with the future. He was also a fun addition I couldnâ€™t resist adding. During my research, I read a lot about ghosts and how they are driven by revenge to right the wrongs of the past. I wonâ€™t go into detail, but Harabeuji plays such a role in the series. He is also a mentor and guide for Rob.
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If you want to add mythological monsters to your work, Iâ€™d definitely suggest trying your local library first as a starting point. Start your series bible and create a page for the creatures that will exist in your world. Youâ€™d be surprised what is out there.
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Shawntelle Madison is a web developer who loves to weave words as well as code. Sheâ€™d never admit it, but if asked sheâ€™d say she covets and collects source code. After losing her first summer job detasseling corn, Shawntelle performed various jobsâ€”from fast-food clerk to grunt programmer to university webmaster. Writing eccentric characters is her most favorite job of them all. On any particular day when sheâ€™s not surgically attached to her computer, she can be found watching cheesy horror movies or the latest action-packed anime. She lives in Missouri with her husband and children.
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