As a fiction writer I’m asked all the time, “Where do you get the ideas for your books?”
I say, “The Universe tells me the story and I’m merely a conduit.” Most people think I’m pulling their leg. Let me show you what I mean ...
At one time I was on a highway driving to a writers’ conference. What was on my mind? Writing my next book of course – and what direction I should go. That’s when I noticed the license plate of the car I was approaching in front of me. It read, “MY PLNET.” Below the plate on the bumper the make of the car revealed, “SATURN.” Of course, at the time I thought ‘How cute is that? My planet – Saturn!’
I passed the car. Moments later I advanced upon another car. Its license plate read, “MTHRSHP.”
‘Mothership?’ This got my attention.
I arrived late at the conference’s dinner banquet. The group I had planned on sitting with didn’t save a place for me at their table. So, I sought a seat at a nearby table, and sat beside a gentleman I had never met before. I struck-up a conversation with him, and he started talking about past-life regressions. Certainly not the most common dinner subject matter, but it got my attention because in my second book, Back to Salem, my character has a past-life regression. In the research for my novel I read Many Lives Many Masters by Brian Weiss, which explores past lives through hypnotic regressions.
“Have you read Many Lives Many Masters?” I asked this man.
He smiled, then told me he was not only familiar with the book, but he was a psychoanalyst who worked with Brian Weiss and assisted him in writing the regression protocol that Mr. Weiss used in Many Lives Many Masters.
At the time I just thought, ‘What a coincidence that I’d meet up with someone who helped develop the regression method I used in my book Back to Salem!’ Of course I knew it wasn’t a coincidence. I realized in that moment what a serendipitous event it had been to meet this man. After all, if my space had been reserved at the table where I had intended to sit - I would never have met this man.
I smiled at him and asked, “You’re a psychoanalyst? What do you specialize in?”
“ET abduction counseling,” he said with a straight face.
The hair stood on the back of my neck and I smiled. Alas, the real reason for the exchange. It came together … My planet, Saturn, Mothership … ET abduction … I had insight for my next book!
Welcome to my world!