Monday, January 25, 2010

Psychic Abilities in Authors

I’m truly curious about how many authors can claim psychic abilities. I’m going to be on a panel addressing this area and woke this morning wondering if I have to admit I have some psychic talent.
It’s like rattling my closet skeletons. I’m so nervous. People will think I’m weird. I’ll be pointed at on the street and have to move or change my name. Boy, am I going off on a tangent.
Writers are the most accepting people in the world. We understand what makes people different and value all the quirks. It all adds to the characters and plot we create.
I use psychic abilities to round out my characters, but it’s usually a secondary part of their personality. Annie knows her child is threatened. Rachel senses her twin’s feelings. That’s recorded and researched ability. Lily sees auras, but not on everyone or even when it will reveal the villain.
I don’t share those talents, but I do know how it feels to have that unexplainable episode occur. I am puzzled, even confused. For a minute I question why the people around me didn’t see or hear that ‘other’. I always have a lag time. My reality has to accept the unreality as real.
Confusing? Oh yes. I think my mother had a talent, too, but she died young and I didn’t know enough to ask. She always explained to me that it was all right. I remember once waking from a vivid dream of a recently deceased person who grabbed my arm. I had a finger pattern of bruises on my bicep. Mom said I was the only one she could reach and to pray for her soul. Scary now that I look back.
I have vivid dreams that sometimes do come true. I also dream my story before I start writing. Along with a few other things I didn’t mention.
Let me know what you think. Do you use psychic abilities is your stories? Do you have one?

Author Barbara Edwards is a featured panelist at the RTBookReview Conference in Columbus, Ohio April 28 – May 2, 2010
The panel is named PSYCHIC AWAKENINGS: Walk through the light of hope, healing
and love. How does psychic awareness develop characters, add layers to your story and provide that wonderful happily ever after?
PANELISTS: Barbara Edwards, Elysa Hendricks, Jade Lee, Melissa Lopez, Susanne Saville, Elissa Wilds


Autumn Shelley said...

Hi Barbara!
Forgive me, I couldn't resist replying to this one too! I most definietly believe in psi abilities, especially since I consider myself to be an empath. I dont' like crowds mostly because I get too much 'feedback' at once. If I focus and open up, I can tell total strangers what they are feeling (worried, anxious, fine, happy, etc.) I'm perceptive to body language and facial expressions in people and in animals, I feel like a dog whisperer because I can tell people what their pet is thinking, (hungry, happy, anxious, scared, annoyed, etc.). Sometimes it's weird, others not so much. I find the Tarot to be uncannily accurate and I use it frequently for my writing, my characters and myself. It comes as no surprise that I'm drawn to the paranormal side of the romance genre more than any other. I believe that no matter how hard humanity has tried, there are still elements/occurences that just cannot be explained, quantified or measured, they just are, and some of us are simply more receptive than others. :)

Jen Childers said...


I will say I am empathic as well. I almost married the wrong man because I confused others feelings for mine. Its very difficult for me to name my feelings because of other influences around me. My husband knows what I feel before I do.
I have known things before they happen though I was more accurate as a child than I am now.
I have had an occcasional psychic dream.

THe medical field has an expression, a term used in charting that essentially means " i have no clue why this happened" of course, I can't remember it.
My son and husband are very intuitive and attuned to me. offereing me a drink or company on a walk before I realize its what I want.
I assume men everywhere know as much about me. I get annoyed when they don't know how to read my body language and give me what I want without asking.

I went to a bar once and had to leave after a minute as I was so overwhelmed by the depression and empitness I felt there.

I love the "scientific" types who have explanations for everything. the more we know, the more remains unanswered.

I had a freind who could look at a picture in a history book and tell you something about the person. she was pretty accurate. I am convinced she saved my life, when we were at a bar, a guy talked to me and she yanked me away and said "we have to leave. now"
she was the very quiet type, this was out of character for her. we left and the next day the paper reported a murder outside that bar.

trust your instincts and be well