No, I haven't strayed into the paranormal world. Not yet anyway.
What I have done is to hire myself out as a ghostwriter. This was a new experience for me, and I did it for a number of what I thought were good reasons:
1) The freelance company who acted as a broker for my services was new to me and I wanted to test their practices.
2) The job was small enough (8000 words)
3) It was within my wheelhouse, being a historical romance.
I'm proud to say I turned the job in before the deadline, the client loved it, and has asked me to consider a longer work. Always, it's the mark of a job well done if the client wants to hire you again.
So, why am I hesitating? This job paid me better than some of the books I've written, so the money associated with it is not the issue.
I won't even go into the amount of my own work that needs to get done and sent off to various publishers, agents, etc. Not to mention the promotional work that comes with each new release, of which there will be three by the end of the year.
My hesitation comes from this sweet little story I wrote for the client. I can never attach my name to it, or claim it as my own. All rights have reverted to the client. It's no longer mine.
It's like sending your kid off to school for the first time and have them never return home to tell you how their day was.
Before I take on another ghostwriting job, I need to answer the question of whether I can live with the anonymity. Can I live with the fact I might write the next bestseller, but someone else will claim it as theirs? And take all the royalties? Would I be better off focusing on my own career rather than provide one for someone else?
It's the nature of a ghostwriter to remain in the background. I'm just not sure if that's where I belong.