Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country was the winner in the Inspirational/Spiritual category of the 2016 IndieReader Discovery Awards, where undiscovered talent meets people with the power to make a difference.
Following find an interview with author Louisa Oakley Green.
What is the name of the book and when was it published?
Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country: Tales Retold by a Psychic Bystander. Published: 9/22/2015
What’s the book’s first line?
The author and I share something in common—an attraction to things that cannot be explained.
What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”.
Get ready to slip on your psychic walking shoes and take a trek into the unseen world around us. Ramble through tales of dead relatives who insist on having the last annoying word, ghosts behaving badly, inspiring near-death experiences, and dreams foretelling the future. Along the way, you’ll find comfort, laughter, and some spine-tingling moments that may have you looking over your shoulder! A great guilty pleasure for those who love reading true paranormal tales.
What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?
It isn’t often something occurs that turns your sense of reality on its side. But that’s just what happened to me more than 20 years ago when I met my psychic husband, Stephen.
I’ve worked as a journalist and science writer. And back in those days I was also a strong skeptic about anything paranormal. But the universe has a sense of humor and I ended up falling in love with a quirky guy who, other than thinking he was psychic, seemed reasonably normal. Oh, and he also came from a family of psychics. They didn’t do readings for a living. They all had normal jobs. But they had this ability….
After a while I found myself surrounded by remarkable clairvoyants and mediums, so I began referring to myself as a psychic bystander. (Did I mention that I have no detectable psychic ability myself?) Over the years, I experienced events through his family and friends that just couldn’t be explained. It piqued my curiosity and I eventually decided to write my first book in the Psychic Bystander™ series, Loitering at the Gate to Eternity: Memoirs of a Psychic Bystander. It retells more than 100 true stories from everyday people about their psychic experiences—including out-of-body adventures, premonitions, contact with the dead, reincarnation and more. The fact-based side of me added the history of many of these phenomena through the millennia in various cultures.
When I went to book signings, people handed me their contact information and asked if they could be included in my second book. It surprised me that people assumed there would be a sequel. But eventually, there was. Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country: Tales Retold by a Psychic Bystander is a second anthology of more than 100 true paranormal stories. But this time the science writer in me added highlights from several recent university and military studies into consciousness, near-death experiences, reincarnation and more.
What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?
Well, this book is an anthology of true paranormal stories, so there is no one main character. People in these anthologies have worked in the fields of healthcare, education, finance, engineering, marketing, entertainment, pastoral services and law enforcement. They represent the bedrock of our society and they have some intriguing tales to share.
What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?
How would you feel if your child told you she had a playmate who died years earlier in a fire? Do you think it’s possible to know who you’re going to marry from a simple handshake? If you could read the energy in a home, would it make it harder to buy your first house?
Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country is an anthology of paranormal stories that will lift you out of your everyday existence and open a doorway into a new, inspirational way of experiencing life. It invites you to take an intriguing tour through the many mystical territories of the human experience—including premonitions, out-of-body excursions, near-death adventures, and contact with the dead. It also highlights several recent scientific studies into consciousness, near-death experiences, reincarnation, and more.