Aubrey McCory’s husband died when she was twenty-eight and pregnant. For the six years he’s been dead, Aubrey remains emotionally damaged with an unhealed heart and fantasizes about what it would be like to see her husband one last time. Like in her favorite movie “Ghost” when Sam said his final goodbye to Molly. Then five days before the seventh anniversary of his death, a glitch in the universe gives Aubrey the psychic ability to hear what people are thinking. And by all accounts, she seems to also have made a psychic connection with the dearly departed – namely her deceased husband.
As fate would have it, she also meets hunky Gavin Donnelly – whom she feels might be the next Mr. Right – and her life becomes topsy-turvy.
Her hippy parents, the Abbie and Anita Hoffman of suburbia, have Aubrey questioning her sanity after they leak a secret that Aunt Millie threw herself off the Brooklyn Bridge after hearing voices. Then there’s the fiasco of Aubrey trying to hold a connection with the dead when her new psychic ability doesn’t come with an instruction manual or tech support. And she can’t lean on her best friend, former debutante Laura Wentworth, who inhabits the heady spheres of society, without looking like a kook.
Aubrey’s life was complicated enough before photos rattled off bookshelves and the sound of wind chimes played in her head. Soon she’s juggling a demanding career, a six-year-old son, a freaky spiritualist, and the belief that her husband’s spirit is trying to tell her something of great importance. All while she tries to reclaim her heart and not lose the next love of her life.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I was six years of age when my uncle, who I was extremely close to, was killed in tragic accident, and later my mother died when I was very young. At the risk of sounding like a kook, I can honestly say both had visited me shortly after their deaths, which in itself is a remarkable story. There are certain events in my life that played an intrinsic role in wanting to write ONCE UPON ANOTHER TIME. Perhaps it’s my way of saying I don’t believe we just fall into some deep black hole and disappear when we die. I strongly believe we cross over to another dimension, and that sometimes the world of the dead and the world of the living collide.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read in your genre and read a lot. Also read books about writing. The book I found helpful is “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Maass.
Research is important. Writing fiction doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the facts straight. Although I develop a fictional world in my stories, they do take place in actual cities. Therefore, I feel it’s extremely important not only to the story, but more so to the readers that I try to make all references and descriptions of places and things as accurate as possible.
I also feel it’s good for writers to belong to organizations that encourage confidence in writing skills, one in which you can also develop a comradeship. I belong to an organization called Authors’ Social Media Support Group, (ASMSG), http://asmsgbooks.wordpress.com/, a wonderful community of talented authors who are a tremendous help in so many areas of promotion and who truly want to help each other achieve success. Speaking of which, social media networking is a must for today’s successful author.
Rosary McQuestion was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Wisconsin, and currently lives in Michigan with her husband and their three cats. Following a long career in advertising and marketing, which included owning her own agency as well as having served as director of marketing and creative services for a well-known party goods manufacturer, she now indulges in her love of writing. Rosary likes spending time with friends and family, listening to classical music, and on lazy summer days enjoys fishing and the outdoors, and reading good books.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
There’s something about the paranormal that intrigues me, like why some people experience it and others don’t. And knowing that it is a mystery no one can clearly define, you’re either a non-believer or a staunch supporter of the supernatural. There’s really no in between
I’ve always been intrigued with the spirit world – spooky unexplained sounds during the middle of the night, the world from beyond trying to claw its way through to our world. Or a chill that rattles the spine when one senses that something unnatural is near. However, most consuming in my life has always been the question of what becomes of us after we die.