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Mina Khan, Paranormal Romance Author
I had intended on writing a post about them at some point, but when Mina said she would be happy to write one for me, I was thrilled. Who better to talk about them than someone who actually grew up listening to stories about them?
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Oh, and make sure to leave a comment. One lucky reader will win a copy of both of her novellas. Yes, both. I'm feeling generous. Contest ends on April 5th at 12:00 pm EST. Good luck!
Take it away, Mina!
Usually when I mention I write about djinns, people think I’m talking about the liquor (yes, djinn is pronounced gin), so I quickly add “genies.”
Then people smile and imagine something blue and funny…
Or something saccharine cute…
According to the djinn mythology I grew up with, God first created angels, then djinns and finally humans (erm, even the wildlife came before the humans). In other words, djinns are sort of trial beings created before humans and the two have many things in common. Both djinns and humans have free will and can be good or bad, they can fall in love and raise families, or be vengeful and destructive. Djinns live in a parallel dimension with their own governing system, cities and architecture. The only time you’ll find a djinn living in a bottle is if they have been imprisoned in it.
What exactly are djinns? They are supernatural powerful beings created from smokeless fire. They are more powerful and more intense than humans. Catching the attention of djinns is often dangerous for humans.
So the djinns of my imagination tend to be dark and dangerous, sexy and otherworldly. I’m happily picturing Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan here:
Um, yeah…what was I saying? Right, djinns…sigh…isn’t he djinn-licious!
Part of the reason my idea of djinns is so different is because once I neared puberty I heard djinn stories that carried lessons and warnings intended for young girls. According to many a story, a careless pretty young girl (yes, she would have to be pretty, and careless…virginhood was implicitly implied) who would unfortunately attract the attention of a djinn. The djinn would fall in love. He’d watch her and surprise her with gifts. All very nice, until the girl tried to have a normal life –like get married to a human.
The powerful and insanely jealous and possessive djinn would react by making her speak in different languages, act crazy, or even violent if a human man approached her. In other words, make her entirely unsuitable for marriage.
Lessons: young girls should not walk around with their hair loose, their laughter should not be heard aloud to attract attention and they should be in the house before dusk. Somehow, I never dwelled on the lessons part.
Maybe it was teenage hormones, but the idea of a djinn lover didn’t scare me. I secretly found the idea delicious, and I still do…except now, I share my djinns in my stories.
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Giveaway Rules: Leave a comment about the creatures/mythical figures of your childhood that left a lasting impression on you and your email address so I contact you to tell you that you won. Don’t worry, I won’t use it to sell you Avon products or something.
I’ll go first: Bigfoot. It’s a long story.
About Mina: Mina Khan is a Texas-based writer and food enthusiast. She daydreams of hunky paranormal heroes, magic, mayhem and mischief and writes them down as stories. Between stories, she teaches culinary classes and writes for her local newspaper. Other than that, she's raising a family of two children, two cats, two dogs and a husband.
She grew up in Bangladesh on stories of djinns, ghosts and monsters. These childhood fancies now color her fiction. Her debut novella, THEDJINN’S DILEMMA was published November 2011. A second novella, A TALE OF TWO DJINNS, came out March 2012. She had a lot of fun writing her djinn heroes.
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