My special guest today is Deborah Bowman, who I’ve just recently met. Our friendship is new, but already I feel a kinship. I’m sure it’s because of our love of the paranormal and YA fiction. Funny how magic always seems to find its way to me. So, before we begin, let me share a bit about Deborah.
Author, Deborah A. Bowman
I have been an avid reader and creative spirit since childhood, my first poem being published in a 4-H magazine when I was only 12 years old. My career has been involved in all aspects of the written word and its presentation. I am a fiction author with eight published books in the genre of historical fiction; psychological suspense; thriller YA paranormal crime series; time-travel YA series; poetry, short stories, and creative visualization meditation. I am an award-winning song writer and lyricist. I am a ghostwriter, nonfiction only, specializing in memoirs and spiritual/transformational books. I am a content and development editor, graphic designer, layout formatter, book coach, and publishing advisor.
My education is a Master’s in Technical Writing/Editing with a minor in Psychology from the Department of the Army Grad School. I was the youngest and first female civilian-support Authorization Publications Control Officer for DOD. Hence, my experience in cover-to-cover writing and producing all media, but my passion has always been fiction.
I was integral in establishing ebookstand.com, rated #3 on Oprah Winfrey’s printing-on-demand websites. I wrote hypnotherapy scripts for members of the National Guild of Hypnotists as an Advanced Certified Psychological Hypnotherapist (A.C.P.H). I was interviewed in the Washington Post Parenting Magazine for my hypnotherapy work with ADHD and ASD children and teenagers. I wrote a monthly column for the Medical News newspaper and have been featured in Army newspapers and public affairs media. As Editor-In-Chief of The Federal Women’s Newspaper, it was distributed for over a decade to all of DOD.
With fiction as my passion, I advise, edit, rewrite, and launch other authors, guiding them through the publishing process, explaining their options, and keeping my clients abreast of current trends in publishing, writing, and ever-changing technologies. This feeds my passion by reading, researching, and reviewing–both editorial and reader’s reviews–all genre of novels, novellas, anthologies, and promotional media to include book trailers, video, podcasts, and websites.
All of my fiction writing stems from personal crusades to aid others in need–victims of abuse, illness, birth defects, and the injustices of the world. I am a 28-year survivor of Systemic Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. My empathy for humankind fuels my passion for writing. My faith and belief in all things whimsical, spiritual, and magical creeps into my fiction and guides all my creative, artistic venues.
Now that you’ve met Deborah, you can hear about the magical inspiration that led her to write the story…
“Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” by Deborah A. Bowman is historical fiction based on fact from a past-life hypnotic regression. Was I Annie? Did she really live in the mid-1600s in Colonial America? Mayhap, ’tis true!
Annie says, “Granny told me I was a beautiful sprite like one of the faeries from our native Highlands. She described my eyes as filled with light and love for all creation. She said my special healing gift and ability to communicate with animals and ethereal spirits came from the auld country.”
Annie is so innocent and childlike. Surprisingly, from memory or perhaps precognition, she knows intricate rituals and formulae for medicines and potions using flowers, herbs, and roots, including the recognition, cultivation, and harvesting of the plants. She talks to the animals, creatures, and faeries of the forest, which she calls “her friends or little people” and communes with the gods and goddesses of the spirit world, especially the Mother Earth goddess.
Annie was born prematurely in 1630 and nursed back to health by her Granny, The Healer Blackbain. Alas, the wee lass was left mentally slow and dwarfed by the plague which took both of her parents’ lives. As she grows up, her whimsical, loving ways endear her to The Clan MacKinnon in the secreted Scottish village of Lynn, Massachusetts.
From an early age, Annie was given a gift by the Mother goddess from the Spiritual Universe. Annie, a shining savant who could heal with white-light and a loving touch.
I never found conclusive evidence that Annie lived, but I did find evidence that she could have lived and an explanation for her existence being cleansed from all church and legal records. I also suspect that I may have discovered factual information that ties her lineage to one of the most disturbing and inhuman times associated with the British Colonies in North America.
Nameless lonely graves are scattered throughout the empty fields and forests of New England. I believe I was once Annie, and she is in one of those unmarked burial plots. She lies hidden beneath the soil of an infamous hill. I shudder and will not pen its name.
This story of love and faith, coupled with the treatment of different people (now called “special” people) begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual girl coming-of-age in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift.”
“This book leads you back in time, introducing you to Agnes Blackbain and her granddaughter Annie.
With Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift, Deborah A. Bowman has written a story that will stay etched in your memory. It is a very unusual and captivating read, drawing you into Annie’s world. During a regression, Deborah A. Bowman encountered Annie – who then became a part of her. She carefully develops the story about Annie and the people around her, painting a clear picture of Annie and life in New England (1630 – 1648) while the story evolves. Annie is likable, complex, and hopeful. The story comprises historical elements (among others the Puritans, Salem, witches); it has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I have been keeping my fingers crossed – hoping the best for Annie – sometimes smiling, sometimes having to cry.
This is a book for you if you like historical fiction, the metaphysical, food for thought, and if you like intense female characters.
A sequel has been announced and – I am looking forward to reading it.”
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.