AVH: Your eBook, 'Ghost Stories and The Unexplained' reached best seller status in the United States and the UK this past week. What do you say to that?
EMILY HILL: I would like to thank my readers for welcoming my work with such open arms and open minds. 'Ghost Stories and The Unexplained' is a collection of stories that feature my own experiences with paranormal occurrences. I think that not only is it 'the season' for ghost stories; but so many people are looking for validation of their own experiences with ghosts. My book personalizes the experience and provides a forum.
AVH: What types of experiences have your readers told you about since you published Book One of what we anticipate will be a multi-series?
EMILY HILL: After I published ‘Ghost Stories and The Unexplained’
In 2006 Nicole Leader, paranormal specialist, conducted a study on the subject of children who see and hear ghosts. Ms. Leader asked adaptations of the following questions of her participants. If you have a child who sees and hears ghosts; or if you see and/or hear ghosts you may want to take this survey. I took Ms. Leader’s survey and here are my responses to her questions which I have adapted as a look back on my experiences with the supernatural:
How old were you when you saw your first ghost, or had your first paranormal experience?
I was seven years old. My parents were at work, and my sister had just left for school (we left for school at different times). I was alone in the house when I realized that an apparition of my grandfather was roaming the house. I remember the experience vividly, as though it were just moments ago.
How often do you see ghosts/entities?
Very infrequently and quite without warning. I am not able to ‘make’ the phenomena happen.
What type of "being" do you see?
The only apparition I have seen is my grandfather – my mother’s father. My other experiences include hearing pottery crash to the floor and break; although no one is in the kitchen, watching a doorknob turn when I am quite alone in the house; tossing a pen into a pencil box and having it shift from a left to right lean to a right to left lean through static electricity (or some other means).
Have you ever had a near death experience?
Yes. I was given last rites as an infant. I contracted polio in 1951 and barely survived. I believe this neardeath experience gave me a particular sensitivity to ‘seeing’ the Other Side of life and death. I would imagine that people who have had similar near death experiences also have this insight.
AVH: Do you have anything else you would like to add?
EMILY HILL: Yes, at around two years of age children, for reasons that remain a mystery, become particularly frightened of (a) being left alone for more than a few moments; and (b) become terrified of the dark. Why is this behavior so universal across cultures?
I think it is because until they are trained otherwise children see and hear things that they cannot ‘process’ in a world that does not tolerate other realms and realities. As I was growing up I was encouraged by my mother to discuss the paranormal events that I experienced – most children are stifled, discounted, and taught to ‘not see’ what is going on around them. It’s not for me to say whether training a child to not accept that their ancestors are close by, watching over them, is for the best – or not.
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A.V. Harrison Publishing features ground-breaking topics from emerging authors. Its books are distributed by Ingram, available on Amazon.com and B&N Nook. Owner, Emily Hill, invites submissions and can be contacted at info@avharrison-