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Many have asked about the “ghost photo” that was the inspiration for my novel PRAIRIE FIRE. Okay, here it is. This is a print of a copyrighted photo taken in the far corner of southwestern Missouri in the early 1990s by a fellow Chickamauga Cherokee (my tribal affiliation). This was pre-digital, so the photo was taken on film. I met the photographer, listened to the tales told by several witnesses. This photo is REAL, and there were many witnesses to the event.
Here’s the story. Some tribal members went to one guy’s land to clean up a portion for use in camping and whatnot. The problem was there was an old rickety wooden barn right in the middle of where they wanted to build a campground. The simplest solution was to burn it down in a controlled fashion. Well, that’s when things got interesting. It was nearing evening, as evidenced by the dark background. Up out of the flames popped this Native American warrior on a horse, brandishing a weapon in each hand. He even has a “little people” elemental guide standing in the small flames behind the horse (have to look closely to the bottom right).
This was not a single flash of flame accidentally caught by one click of the camera. No, this image roared up and STAYED up for at least fifteen minutes, while everyone stood there looking dumbfounded. The photographer ran across the field, jumped a fence, got into his car, fumbled to grab his camera, jumped the fence again, and ran back across the field in summer heat and humidity. Whew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it! Then ran up and snapped this photo.
In the black/white prints, you can see a “ghostly audience” standing in the darkness behind the fire, ringing the edge of the forest. And you have to see the color print to appreciate the details. Of course, I cannot take a reproduction photo and share it. It’s not mine to share. The most I can do is snap a small photo of the print on the wall. I don’t know the name of the photographer, but I did meet him and listen to some of the witnesses recount the event. This really happened. The photo is genuine.
Obviously, all I did was take the spark of an idea (sorry, couldn’t help myself) and create my own story from it. That story became the western paranormal romance novel PRAIRIE FIRE by Terri Branson. I’m very proud of this book. Although it’s listed as a romance, it’s really just a “juicy western” that appeals equally to men and women. The book is available in ebook (EPUB and Kindle), paperback, and hardback. Click here to read about PRAIRIE FIRE and to find sales links: http://www.prairiefirenovel.com/.
Anyone who follows my writing (Terri Branson) knows to look for something paranormal in most of my short stories and novels. While I would argue that some things often deemed “paranormal” (beyond normal) are really just part of the process of life, most people do consider things like ghosts and psychic phenomena and reincarnation to be aspects of the paranormal. That’s fine. The core of good communication is agreeing on the meaning of the terms, right? With that in mind, one thing I try to do when writing fiction is make the so-called paranormal appear as normal as possible in the world of the work in question. “Yep, that’s a ghost. Try not to walk though it, because that’s just rude.” OR: “Whoa! Past life flashback! Did not need to remember that.” Adding paranormal elements to a story gives the author more avenues to explore. Instead of having just five senses (see, hear, smell, touch, and feel), by including psychic phenomena you can tinker with telepathy, empathy, remote viewing, past life reading, prognostication, energy healing, astral projection, and more. Wow! That’s a lot of cool tools to give fictional characters, and it makes for a much wider range of story possibilities. If you like ghosts, try MUSK RAIN (contemporary paranormal romance) and PRAIRIE FIRE (western paranormal romance). For a little bit of everything, including reincarnation, try COSMIC SCULPTURE (science fiction and fantasy anthology) and DRAGON’S DEN (science fiction). I even infuse a bit of magic in the award-winning children’s picture book BROTHER DRAGON and watch out for ghosts in WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK. For a list of current publications by Terri Branson with full information (including sales links), find her personal website, blog, and Facebook page through this link: www.terribranson.com.
In A PSYCHIC LIFE: Living with Extraordinary Perception by Terri Branson take a guided tour of the primary aspects of psychic phenomena. Learn the links between chakras and abilities. Read true stories of ghosts and other entities. Gain a greater understanding of basic paranormal experiences with a step-by-step guided approach enhanced by simple illustrations. [Non-Fiction / Spirituality / Mind & Body (©2016) 48 pages / Illustrated (Rated G) | Released in ebook and print by Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.] READ ABOUT ON THIS SITE…
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