A while back, something strange and unexpected happened to me.
I’m married to a psychic, and have been for more then 20 years, so I’m not unaccustomed to mysterious doings. But most of the amazing experiences that occur in this family tend to bypass me. I guess you could call me a psychic bystander. So imagine my surprise when I woke up one morning and knew that I needed to write something. Granted, I write for a living, but most of the writing I do is in the scientific arena. This had little to do with science.
It began with the notion that I should write down my husband’s more than 40 years of fascinating psychic tales. Before long, I realized I had three chapters of a book. Then I thought, many members of my husband’s family possess paranormal gifts, too. So I began interviewing them, one after another.
An invisible momentum was set in motion. Many of our friends are psychic, and they have friends with similar abilities. It seemed as if the book was beginning to assemble itself. People were now contacting me, asking if they could be interviewed. Even four professional psychics expressed interest in being in the book, so I happily took down their stories. One of them, New York Times best-selling author and psychic medium Concetta Bertoldi, graciously offered to write the Foreword to my first book. Within six months, I had the first draft of a completed manuscript sitting on my computer.
The end product was a book published under the title, Loitering at the Gate to Eternity: Memoirs of a Psychic Bystander. The book contains more than 100 paranormal stories, psychic trivia from antiquity to today, and some interesting background on educational institutions, researchers, and military groups that take paranormal abilities seriously enough to funnel millions of dollars into studying them.
Two years later, my second book, Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country: Tales Retold by a Psychic Bystander was published. My publisher suggested I enter it into a few contests and it won Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards, Winner of the Body/Mind/Spirit category of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards and Finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. It, too, is an anthology of more than 100 paranormal stories. But this time, the science writer in me researched and added many of the consciousness studies currently being conducted by universities, private organizations and the military.
Some people believe in the paranormal and others think that it’s nonsense. I invite you to read these books and decide for yourself!
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