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New Interview at SPR

There’s a new interview with me at Self-Publishing Review in which I reveal the paranormal origins of SEER. Much more about this is coming soon…

You heard it here first, but SEER is the response to a series of paranormal experiences I had with my wife a couple of years ago. I’ve always had some passing interest in the paranormal, but I had never had any paranormal experiences. Our apartment was properly haunted. Mattresses flipping over. We woke up one day with a chair on top of the couch. There was scribbling in crayon on the walls. One time my wife woke up with scribbling on her face.

My wife is also highly (reluctantly) psychic, which actually exacerbated the problem, because she can see and sense presences on a very deep level, and she knew something was happening that wasn’t just ghosts, but something much darker.

All of this is very hard to believe, I’ll admit, especially coming from a fiction writer. But it happened. I could show you a picture of a mattress flipped over, but it would mean nothing. Anyway, this strange and horrible year had a very profound affect on me, and I had to put it in writing to make some sense of it. I like writing fiction more than non-fiction so that was the medium I chose.

SEER, about a girl who can talk to the dead, is very much based on the experiences and talents of my wife. I wanted to write it from a young girl’s perspective because my idea is to write the trajectory of her life with these talents, starting very young.

I didn’t intend to write about school shootings as I sat down to write the novel, and many steps along the way I wondered if I should be. I wanted to be sensitive to the very real pain that people have gone through, and not turn this terrible problem into pulp entertainment.

But the prevalence of mass shootings is highly mysterious. I am not saying that school shootings are the result of paranormal activity, but they are at the very least small-d demonic, they’re evil. Part of the book is catharsis that maybe they can be overcome.  The novel is ultimately about forgiveness and love; overcoming hate. It’s a horror story with a positive message.