Thursday, January 9, 2014

Author Karen Magill shares "We Are Not Alone"

I am especially excited to be sharing this post “We Are Not Alone” by brilliant author, Karen Magill. She has written several wonderful books, is working on a personal inspirational story, “On The Right Side” 
“As long as you are not six feet under, you are On The Right Side and you can do anything. I went from waking up partially paralyzed and watching my world crumble around me to becoming an award winning author and walking unaided. Along the way, I learned how to live again.”

Miss Magill speaks about her experience with MS. Her story hopes to make a difference for everyone whether they are dealing with a chronic illness or dealing with everyday obstacles. Miss Magill shares her inspiration in everything she does. Currently she has a blog devoted to her love for Vancouver, Vancouver Vagabond

We Are Not Alone

Writing can be a solitary occupation. We writers sit hunched by a computer, creating people and events from our imagination. Sometimes, those characters can spill over into our real lives making many think we have a mental disorder. There have many times I have walked down the street carrying on a conversation with one of my characters. To me, and to many writers, that is normal. Traits like this, as well as the private nature of our work, can leave a writer isolated.

However, as John Donne said “no man is an island” and we cannot thrive cut off from other humans. Yet spending time with people who have no idea of what we do, the struggles, the inner turmoil, the creativity can be difficult. Sometimes, we feel even more alone than when we are sitting at the computer.

Have no fear my literary friends, there is a solution. You could join a writer’s group and go to weekly meetings but, if you are like me and tend to be anti-social, the Internet is a better way. Here you can meet up with other creative types and you don’t have to spend hour upon hour listening to someone pontificate on some area of writing you aren’t interested in. Or have a published author look down his or her haughty nose at you because you are looking into self-publishing.  Oh, that can still happen but the advantage of the Internet is that you don’t have to listen. You can just sign off, turn down the sound, or open another page and doing something else. (My secret is out. I don’t always pay attention!)

The best thing I have found about the Internet – Facebook groups in particular – is the support I receive. I have people who are interested in my writing career. I have found writers – damn good ones – that I may not have found otherwise. And I have made friends. I have to say that some of the people I have met through Facebook have become better friends than some I meet offline. I have even met a few of them.

Writers don’t have to be solitary, we don’t have to be alone. Just log on to the Internet and find your niche. Make friends, help others and watch your career blossom.

Here are Karen's books

When psychic Julie Seer moves to Vancouver, her dreams are filled with visions of women being murdered. She doesn’t know who is being killed, or why, until the day Julie goes to a press conference held by the Vancouver Police Station: a press conference to announce the formation of a special task force that will investigate the case of the prostitutes who have gone missing from Vancouver’s East Side.

Detective Constable Santoro Ricci, an officer with the Vancouver Police Department, wants on the special task force. When he happens upon Julie at the press conference, Ricci finds himself unofficially investigating the case.

Julie also finds herself having visions where she is transported back in time into the body of a Chinese prostitute in the late 1800s. Through these visions, and stories told to her by long time residents of the city, Julie learns more of the history of Vancouver.

With the help of Francine, an east side prostitute, Julie and Santoro work together to solve the mystery of the missing women. When Francine and Julie are taken by the killer, Santoro must find the missing answers fast.

A woman, Laura Neill, in Vancouver is struck by a Chrysler Intrigue while crossing the street. At the same time in Toronto a car also strikes Julian Rule. Both people have an out of body experience and meet as they are floating. Their ethereal forms bond as one before separating - each taking a part of the other’s soul with them as they return to their bodies. 

When the two people wake up, they remember the experience they shared and have memories of each other. The simultaneous accidents created a psychic bond. They are truly soul mates. Although Laura is haunted by visions of Julian that she cannot understand, she has decided to make dramatic changes in her life. One of them is becoming engaged to a member of England’s nobility that has recently appeared in her life. When he senses that she is in danger – a feeling that is confirmed by a psychic friend – Julian goes to Vancouver to come to her aid. With the help of a detective, Julian is able to prove that Laura’s fiancé is a con artist and a murderer. When Julian confronts the man, he and Laura are placed in imminent danger.

In a bloody showdown during a Mystique concert, the government ended rock music. The members of Mystique disappeared - as many musicians before them had -without a trace.

This drives fans underground and they form the rebel group, the Let Us Play Organization. Presently Kaya More, who is the daughter of a slain LUPO founder, as well as a descendant of a member of Mystique, leads LUPO.

The gift of second sight aids Kaya as she leads the rebels from New York City to California to the Canadian Rockies. Once LUPO joins forces with other outlaws from around the world, the rebellion explodes and a showdown between the oppressors of music and fans is inevitable.

Karen Magill is the author of three published paranormal novels; the fourth is with the publisher right now and will publish her first non-fiction work in March of 2014.

To connect with Ms. Magill, visit her at her website, peruse her blog, the Vancouver Vagabond or check out her books on her Amazon page
Philip Timms is responsible for this photo of the 1600 block of Commercial Drive during the 1920s.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much of allowing me to express my views on your blog. It was fun, we'll have to do it again.