I’ve always been fascinated by the unexplained. Why do people choose to read their horoscope each day and live their lives according to what they learn from it? Why are some people convinced they’ve seen ghosts or claim to have them living in their houses? Why is there a continued tradition of psychic ability and practice amongst certain groups of people?
These are all interesting questions. I never really used to believe in that side of life, the ‘unexplained’ that some people insist is there and is real. ‘The unexplained’ is generally something most people cannot see and so don’t believe in it. They dismiss it as hokum or madness. I’ve quite an open mind, and even though there are some things I still don’t believe in, there are some things I’ve encountered in the past, such as dealings with a ghost at the theatre I used to work at and other phenomena. These all made me wonder if some of it could be true.
When I started working on my book Integrate I wanted to write something which had some dark elements or elements of the unexplained. I thought about how to do this, and the idea came to me via someone I worked with in the theatre (the one with the ghost). I used to get my Tarot cards read by one of my colleagues. They weren’t always right but occasionally the odd thing did ring scarily true. It intrigued me, so one day I bought a deck of my own and began to study them. With the knowledge I gained, I decided using tarot in my story would be a great idea, both visually and descriptively. So, I decided my female protagonist Corinne would read tarot.
I felt it wasn’t enough though, so I gave the character Corinne a sister, an identical twin called Helena. I liked the idea of Corinne and Helena being close and having ‘that twin thing’ that people talk about. A close connection that no-one else seems to have unless they were born as twins. I wanted to make it more than that though. So, I also gave Corinne the gift of premonition. Premonitions are usually thought of as future visions or foresight. They can be fleetingly subtle or sometimes strong, overwhelming, and confusing. I’ve never had visions myself, but I have researched them and will admit to having encountered the strange phenomena of déjà vu. It’s a strange experience, one minute you’re sitting having coffee with a friend, and the next you suddenly get the feeling you’ve been there before and know exactly what’s going to happen next. It’s like you’ve seen or experienced the entire scene before. I get déjà vu often, and it can be more than a little unnerving.
Whilst writing Integrate, I decided to expand on the idea of visions (premonition) by turning it on its head and throwing in the idea of déjà vu. Rather than seeing the future, the visions became a tool for Corinne to subconsciously reach into the past to see and learn what happened to her sister Helena. These elements push Corinne to the limit; at one point she even thinks that receiving the visions means she’s going to be able to save her sister, but that would never happen. Fate always had a plan, and whatever happened, there was no way it could be changed.
I like the idea that there are elements of the unexplained out there, that some people believe they can see ghosts, or that they can predict the future from how the cards fall or from how tea leaves settle. Just because you think you can see the future however, it shouldn’t automatically mean you get to do something about it. Sometimes it should just be about how you deal with it, the actions you choose to take from that moment on. How you learn from what happens next. After all, if we were all meant to see the future and be able to change it, we would have been born with superpowers.
Integrate is book one of the Moon Series.
Chrissie Parker is an English author of 8 published works, including novels, shorts stories and poetry.
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I love the world and all it contains. A large planetary mass of land and sea, which holds wondrous beauty, incredible cultures, and thousands of years of history. From the lush green forests of the Amazon to the sweeping sands of the Sahara Desert. The world is a haven of mystery waiting to be explored.
I’ve always been fascinated with history, travel, and archaeology. Why our ancestors did what they did. The inventions they created. The battles they fought. The clues to ancient life they left behind. I’ve been lucky to travel to some amazing places. I've seen the Pyramids of Giza, walked through the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, and toured the caldera of Crater Lake in Oregon, USA. Each held a unique fascination and made me eager to learn more about this great world of ours.
My interest in history began when I was young. I don't remember the exact moment, but I do know that history was something I’ve always loved and wanted to learn more about. I used to go on day trips with my family to visit ruinous castles, old archaeological sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury, and old country houses. In the UK we’re incredibly lucky. The country has a unique and lengthy history, and it was exciting learning about it; King Arthur, the Romans, the Tudors, to name but a few.
For me, though it was the pull of foreign lands. At school, we did a project on Egypt, and I was hooked. I loved everything about it, the pyramids, the temples, the strange gods and goddesses, and it made me want to learn more. I wanted to be an archaeologist, but unfortunately, life took me in a different direction, but that love of all things historical has remained with me and continued to grow. So much so, that coupled with my interest in travel, I’ve found the perfect combination for writing material.
Among the Olive Groves is a good example of that. The dream getaway destination of Zakynthos in Greece merges with the history of World War two to make a unique story. It was also the location for the short story An Ionian Dream Wedding.
Wind Across the Nile allowed me to create an exciting story in a country I love, melding the plots with history and sites that I truly love.
I left my heart in Petra allowed me to revel in the beauty of the inspiring country of Jordan and its world-famous site of Petra.
Crater Lake in Oregon was the inspiration for the location setting of both books Integrate and Temperance from the Moon Series. It’s a truly stunning place!
My combined love of history and travel means that I’ve many ideas for books. I'm looking forward to one day being able to write about all the places I’ve visited and love. For me, it truly is a passion, and I hope that passion will shine through in my work and make people want to share my love of these incredible places; so much so that they will want to visit them too.
Welcome to my blog, My occasional ramblings will take you on a journey through many subjects, from my books, to history, as well as what it's like to be a writer and my love of travelling! Enjoy the updates!