When, at age fifty-nine, Rachelle Rogers was told in a channeled conversation about a man she didn’t know, yet felt she’d been waiting for all her life, it initiated an extraordinary six year inter-dimensional affair of the heart.
The rich tapestry of events, which unfolds through ongoing conversations with angelic beings affectionately called The Dead Guys, weaves through a world of classical music, poetic inspiration, synchronistic interludes, and unexpected landscapes including Paris, Provence, and the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.
In an authentic and lyrical voice, Rare Atmosphere recounts a story of passion, vision, and the courage to quest for a grander truth.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
The internet continually offers new venues to connect with people all over the world through a variety of ways—reading, speaking, listening, conversing, watching, etc. For an author, there’s a wealth of opportunity to promote her work, a book trailer being one of the best and most effective these days. When I began promoting my memoir, Rare Atmosphere: An Extraordinary Inter-dimensional Affair of the Heart, I watched many trailers from both mainstream publishers and independently published authors making notes of what I thought worked, and what could work better.
Since I knew hardly anything about how to create a video for YouTube, I researched everything I could find online. I wanted to keep it simple and decided to use static images with effects instead of moving film. Yet I needed to make the visual images, music, and book excerpts I chose to include engaging, as well as representative of the feeling and flavor of my story.
Although I began my project using Powerpoint, I switched to Keynote, which worked more smoothly on my Mac. There was a lot to learn and figure out and continually tweak, but I finally put together a presentation I felt worked for my purposes.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My memoir, Rare Atmosphere: An Extraordinary Inter-dimensional Affair of the Heart, recounts a remarkable sojourn that covers a six year period of time from December 2005 to January 2012, one in which I came to profound realizations about love—love of another, and most importantly love of self. My story began when I was told in a conversation with a collective of wise, compassionate, loving and often humorous non-physical beings I affectionately call The Dead Guys about a man, one who they said “sings the song of your soul,” one involved in the world of classical music, one who calls Paris his home. I was told that a relationship with this man held the potential for the greatest happiness. Yet, I ultimately found a long, circuitous route between potential and reality, with a continually evolving destination and unimagined detours along the way, including Paris, Provence, and the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.
It was three years into this amazing journey that I decided to write about it, at least for myself. Whether or not I would actually put it out into the world, I wasn’t sure. I just felt I had to record it. I started keeping journals, and transcribing dozens of audio-taped conversations I had had with The Dead Guys. At a certain point, however, I felt I had an unusual story to tell, one that might be meaningful to others, and so I decided to publish. I included many of the conversations with The Dead Guys, along with poetry inspired by my experiences. And, as I wrote, I found I also had to revisit and include an earlier, similar inter-dimensional encounter that took place between 1976-1989, an experience I’d previously promised myself would never be found upon a public page. But here it is, all laid bare in my memoir.
Rachelle Rogers is a writer and poet. Originally from NYC, she received a BA in English Literature from Hunter College. In South Florida, she was a leather artisan, freelance editor, dance writer for several publications including The Fort Lauderdale News/Sun Sentinel, and had her first book, Creative Crafts Desk Handbook (Prentice-Hall), published. During her years in Chapel Hill, NC, she belonged to a fine craft cooperative, was a real estate agent, started a Dance Appreciation Video Series, and began seriously writing poetry and fiction. Now living in beautiful Asheville, NC, she continues as writer, editor, hair stylist, computer tutor, jewelry designer, and perpetual student of the French language.
Author of A Love Apart, a novel, POSSOONS stories, and Rare Atmosphere: An Extraordinary Inter-dimensional Affair of the Heart, her work has appeared in several literary journals including Passager, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, and The Pedestal Magazine.