I am going to preface this with something that is very important: I DO NOT BELIEVE IN PSYCHICS!
Okay, that's not entirely true. What I mean is, those "celebrity" psychics that are and were a part of daytime and basic cable television. As far back as Harry Houdini we have the playbook that these people read from; cold reading, targeted guessing, prior research, plants, etc. These folks are no more psychic than I am when I predict the off-tackle cut back lane that's going to be wide open to the opposing team's running back when they play the Packers. (Strap in, there's a very good chance that I might use this platform to rant about my favorite sports teams' shortcomings from time to time).
HOWEVER, I do believe that the universe is all interconnected by an unseen tapestry that a select few may be able to sense on a deeper, more powerful level than the rest of mankind. I tend to explain it this way; all of our acts pluck this invisible network like a guitar string and send ripples out into existence. Some acts, especially those that are malicious or evil, pluck these strings harder than others and certain human beings are simply naturally predisposed to being able to pick up on the vibrations.
As I state in the Author Notes at the end of Unholy Shepherd, it is also my firm belief that the ability to do this would not leave a person wishing to be put in the spotlight, but would instead more likely find themselves troubled by the burden of being able to see what they see and feel what they feel. And so it was with those ideas in mind that I created Maureen's ability, which I titled The Demon Sight. Simply put, the way she perceives these "ripples" in the fabric of reality is that she sees directly through the eyes of those committing such atrocities when she sleeps. She doesn't dream any other dreams and she can block them out with enough drugs or alcohol to prevent her from "normal" sleep. But the dreams will always eventually return.
Maureen's ability also serves as a discussion point on the ideas of the role both God and destiny play in our lives. I will discuss this in future posts, but for right now, I'm curious to know the following:
Do you believe psychics or clairvoyants exist?
Have you ever had or witnessed a psychic experience and would you like to share it?
If you've read the book, do you think Maureen will develop her ability, or will she keep running from it?
Looking forward to the discussions,
I don't just write novels. I just like to write. This blog will not be polished, it won't be edited closely. There will be spelling and grammar errors and it might drag on in places. But it will be fun, off the cuff, genuine, and hopefully interesting to read!