Question: When and how did you realize that you wanted to write this book ?
It was in 1997 that I first considered creating this book. I was writing short stories about my childhood. I got involved in many private internet chatrooms discussing encounters we had with the metaphysical. I had plenty to share.
Since that time, I started a journal of my memories and current experiences. To this day, I have encounters with the supernatural and my ghosts.
As my journal progressed, I found that I could not separate my experiences from my other life, so my supernatural events book became my memoir.
I started the first draft of the book on May 1st, 2019, when I was sixty years old. Words flooded out of me. When I finished, I had written one-hundred-fifty-thousand words.
On review, I determined to make the first thirty-thousand words book number one, and the others spread out over more books in a series. That first book, when wrapped up, had one-hundred-five-thousand words.
Question: How many books in this series can we expect ?
My outline for this series is for five books. My ghosts are a big part of my life to this day. There are many fascinating and amusing stories yet to report about my ghost friends. Some, I wish I could tell you now, but I don’t want to spoil the stories.
As of December 2020, I have the rough draft written for book number two. I have the outline for book number three. I have written 70,000 words for volumes six and seven. However, it is possible that books six and seven will be the start of a new series. We shall find out together. I will ask my readers about their thoughts when the time comes.
Books six and seven are about a thirty year long dream I have had. It is an original story that continues each time I dream. Perhaps I am in another reality or universe. My ghosts are in the dreams with me.
I could not claim these books to be memoirs, even though it has changed my life while awake, because my ghosts communicate with me in these dreams. This is a story about a dozen people who can fly. I am one of them.
Since I based this book on a dream, and there are parts of the story missing, I have taken some liberties to fill in blank spots with my imagination. It is in a world much like our own. The story has intrigue, magic, supernatural characters, a sweet love story, tragedy, action, and more. It could be a series of seven books.
Question: What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
Despite the cruelties of life, I hope that my readers will learn they can be happy.
I believe everybody has ghosts in their life. Many people call these angels, I presume, but I cannot tell you what they are. What I can do is report my experiences. I believe they are with us and help us every day whether or not we detect they exist.
The reader will understand, I expect, that hardships in our life are lessons we must learn. We cannot avoid every one of them. These lessons will help us become better versions of ourselves.
I want the readers to grasp gaslighting. It is more commonplace and treacherous than most believe. I want the reader to know he/she or his/her friends can escape the control of these monsters.
It is possible your mind is being controlled today. A good clue is if you are living in constant fear. If you are, please get help from professionals.
Question: What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The hardest part of writing this book was the struggle in my mind since 1997 of how the public would perceive me if I told these stories, and how it would affect my family. I, like everyone, want others to respect me. Many consider people who write these types of books to be foolish or gullible.
Over time, I came to terms that I could do more good telling my story than any ill will my family may afford me or lost prestige of the community.
Question: How long did it take you to write this book?
I started writing this book on May 1st, 2019 and finished in September 2020. That translates to seventeen months.
It was a long and arduous process. I had to overcome fears of telling many parts of my story and to relive harsh parts of my life. But overall it was excellent therapy. Writing it made me a better and happier person.
Question: Did you get some negative feedback on your book?
Yes, I have got some negative feedback about my book. I expected it, and I expect I will get more.
I am challenging diehard beliefs in some religions. The religion I am from believes ghosts do not exist. They believe anything we perceive as ghosts are in fact demons.
I propose the opposite. Ghosts exist, but not demons. This gives me pushback from people who believe otherwise, notably those in extreme fundamentalist groups.
In my book I never challenge that God exists, as I believe there is one, but I propose that no human can tell me what God is. They can only provide conjecture.
Question: What motivated you to write this book and share your story?
Over the decades, my anguish was leaving this earth before telling my story. I believed that it would benefit people if they learned about my ghosts, supernatural events, abuse, and being captured in a cultish religion.
My major motivation is to pass this information on for everyone to share. I believe my story will give people hope that they can survive hardships and that we are not alone through the process. My story will confirm their beliefs that there is a higher power.
Question: How did you feel when you first published this book? Scared? Excited? Nervous?
I was excited about releasing this book but also was fearful. This is my first major book, and I had no idea how people would react to my story. It eased my fears once most readers gave me four and five star reviews. I got one to three stars also, but I know I can’t please everyone. I also know I am a new writer and have much to improve.
Question: Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
Yes, I am working on the second book in my ghost memoir series. I am very excited about it, and I believe my readers are going to love it. I finished the rough draft in September 2020, and as of January 10th, 2021, I am forty percent finished with the rewrites.
Question: Where can people who are interested in your book, buy your book?
My book, Rescued by Ghosts, is on Amazon for ebooks. The paperback book is at Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, and many local bookstores.
For a limited time, I am giving away the audiobook. I am the narrator which I believe will help me connect with my readers. It is eleven hours long. I had a lot of fun recording it, and I believe the reader will have fun with me.
The link to get the free audiobook is https://dl.bookfunnel.com/2uqhhmkiql