Guest Post: My Character is a Phone Psychic Like Me

My Character is a Phone Psychic Like Me
by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro. 

Writing classes tell you to write about what you know, and I do. Miriam Kaminsky, my heroine for Kaylee’s Ghost, is a phone psychic with clients from every walk of life, and sometimes every crawl or trot if an animal is involved. She also had a Russian grandmother like me from whom she inherited her psychic gift as I did. I sense her around me at all times. I smell the lavender talc she powdered on her creased neck, see her sit at my dining room table, sipping a glass of tea, the steam rising steam fogging her silver-framed glasses.
Kirkus Review says, Kaylee’s Ghost is “a mix of family drama and contemporary fantasy.” But I can tell from the types of books posted on this site and comments by readers that most of you would feel that Kaylee’s Ghost is well-grounded in reality because you’ve had these experiences yourselves.
Wouldn’t you think that as a psychic I could just channel the book? Be a typist for the spirits rather than having to do the arduous work of a novelist? Well, luckily there were many scenes and people and events that came to me like psychic information: detailed motion picture clips with dialogue and even scents and textures. Oh, it was thrilling. But then I had to organize everything, make decisions like what order to put things in, etc.
What gave me the greatest pleasure was creating a world that I invite the reader to join me in. I hope you spend some time inside the covers (or the ebook) of Kaylee’s Ghost and live the experience with me.
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Rochelle Jewel Shapiro is a phone psychic. Articles have been written about her psychic gift in such places as Redbook, The Jerusalem Post, the Dutch Magazine, TV GID, and the Long Island section of the New York Times. She’s chronicled her own psychic experiences in Newsweek (My Turn), and The New York Times (Lives.) Her first novel, Miriam the Medium, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry and published in Belgium, Holland, and the U.K. and was nominated for the Harold U. Ribelow Award. Besides her psychic practice, Shapiro teaches writing at UCLA Extension and blogs for the Huffington Post and writes a monthly article for Authorlink.  

Grandmother Miriam, thrilled that her granddaughter, Violet, seems to be psychic, wants nothing more than the chance to mentor her the way her own Russian grandmother, Bubbie, had done with her. But Cara, Miriam’s daughter, a modern businesswoman who remembers all too well the downside of living with her psychic mother, digs in her heels. As things become more fractious in the family, Violet, a brilliant and sensitive child, is torn between her mother and grandmother, until Miriam’s gift back fires, bringing terrible danger to those she loves. Can Miriam put things right in time, or is it already too late? A mesmerizing story about life here on Earth and after we've passed on, Kaylee’s Ghost is also a domestic drama spanning five generations, a tale about forgiveness, letting go and discovering who we are meant to be, no matter how unusual.