Monday, July 14, 2008

Guest - Maureen Fisher

Good morning everyone! I hope you're having a fantastic summer. We here at Star-Crossed have been all the wonderful guests we've had recently. And we have another I'm sure you'll enjoy reading about today. Let's move right into it, shall we? Please join me in welcoming Maureen Fisher.

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Reincarnation: Fact or Fiction?

My first book had to be a paranormal romantic suspense. But which aspects of the paranormal would I select? It was a no-brainer. Like a homing pigeon zooming home to roost, I pinpointed reincarnation coupled with an ancient race’s religious belief in shape-shifting.

Here’s the thing. While embarking on my spiritual journey ten years ago, I read a fascinating book entitled Many Lives, Many Masters written by Dr. Brian Weiss, renowned psychiatrist. This book is a case study describing one of Dr. Weiss’ patients whose mysterious ailments disappeared when, using hypnosis, he regressed her into the past lives where traumas had occurred. Intrigued, I started researching the notion of reincarnation, reading voraciously, talking to energy healers, and even undergoing a couple of regressions under the competent care of a qualified hypnotherapist.

Armed with personal experience and a ton of research, I incorporated reincarnation along with the notion of both karmic and genetic memory in my first book, The Jaguar Legacy. Here’s the gist of my paranormal concept: Triggered by the energy of the archaeological dig, my heroine makes an unnerving discovery: In her past life, she was an Olmec High Priestess, trained to kill at an early age, thirsty for power, and possessing the paranormal ability to shape-shift into a jaguar.

As I wrote the flashback scenes, it occurred to me that the past life I wrote about in The Jaguar Legacy was one of my own. Certainly, it was the part of the book that flowed most easily, the only part that required little or no editing. Not only did the flashbacks evolve painlessly, but while writing those scenes, I discovered many facets of the physical location I had been unaware of at the beginning of the book.

Only my imagination? I don’t rule out the possibility, but in my heart, I think not.

I would love to hear about your thoughts on reincarnation (pro and con), even some of your own past life experiences (those of you who remember them).

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THE JAGUAR LEGACY

Strong enough for a man … but written for a woman, THE JAGUAR LEGACY is a paranormal romantic suspense written in the tradition of Indiana Jones and the TEMPLE OF DOOM (with steamy romance).

Start with one archaeological dig -- a lost city in Mexico -- where ancient danger stalks the jungle on velvet paws and occult energy triggers past life flashbacks; add one hunky archaeologist who hates the press; combine with one smart-mouthed reporter on a quest for an exposé; throw in one vengeful ex-wife and a mysterious shaman bent on resurrecting the past. Stir until well-mixed and stand back from the fireworks.

Despite baffling panic attacks that devastated her career, journalist Charley Underhill barges in on a Mexican archaeological dig, bent on sniffing out a juicy exposé that will restore her reputation and earn enough money for her mother’s life-saving treatment. Haunted by past betrayals, Dr. Alistair Kincaid isn’t about to let a smart-mouthed reporter leak word of his latest discovery, an ancient Olmec city, to the press. A battle of wills and wits ensues. Strands from a past life intertwine with the present, drawing the couple into a vortex of chilling evil. Torn between redeeming her soul and betraying the man she loves, Charley faces impossible choices.
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About Maureen Fisher


Born in Scotland, I emigrated to Canada, kicking and screaming, at the tender age of seven. Years later as a University of Toronto graduate, I convinced the federal government to hire a Fine Arts specialist as a computer programmer. After three years of bits, bytes, and dumps (probably not what you are thinking), I graduated again, this time to full-time homemaker and mom, raising two wonderful sons. Plunging back into the business world, my second husband and I started a management consulting company. This marriage survived because my husband and I pledged never to work on the same project again. Ever.

After a century in the consulting world, I grew weary of wearing snappy power suits, squeezing into panty hose, and fighting rush hour traffic. I made a life-changing decision. I wanted to write books. Not dry, boring, technical treatises, but fresh, funny romantic suspense novels.

Between trips, my husband and I live in Ottawa where I volunteer for an addiction family program, play bridge, and slave over my computer to improve my writing skills.

You can contact Maureen Fisher at:

Email: author@booksbymaureen.com

Website: www.booksbymaureen.com

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4 comments:

Angela Verdenius said...

this sounds like my kind of book! I loved Indiana Jones, I love romantic suspense, and I love great characters

Savanna Kougar said...

Ditto what Angela said...
I've done a few past life regressions, and studied it some. Personally I'm convinced that in some of my stories I am 'remembering' another life experence.
Your books looks fascinating. Not to mention I love jaguars, although this doesn't sound like the friendly kind of shifting jaguar.

Maureen Fisher said...

Hi Angela,

Many thanks for the kind words.

Maureen

Maureen Fisher said...

Hi Angela,
My hypnotherapist told me that we use our 'imagination' channel when remembering out past lives. At first, I felt as if I was imagining everything, but there was no way I could have imagined the depth of emotion I experienced (I stall haven't had the courage or the inclination to re-play the tape of the session). The therapist had to talk me down, tell me to imagine I was watching it on TV.

It would be difficult to label the jaguar shapeshifting in The Jaguar Legacy as friendly. But it is protective.

Maureen