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Description of My Dead True Love
When a newspaper reporter’s fiancé dies abruptly, she questions how he could just cease to be.
Dogged by unbidden thoughts, odd coincidences and unexplained phenomena, Ann Stewart becomes obsessed with finding out what really happens after we die and whether her beloved Gregory is still out there. She finds her answer, which takes her and a close-knit coterie of women to the edge of the cosmos—and the core of their own hearts.
Based on a true story.
Read an Excerpt of My Dead True Love
“Hello, and welcome to our lab,” Dr. Koslow said, radiating confidence and pride.
“Let me walk you through what will happen. You and I will go into the chamber and get comfortably seated in the two chairs. Adrian will hook us up to the monitors and, as we go through the synchronized-sound sequence, he’ll use the monitors to track everything that’s happening to our physical bodies. Physiologically, it will resemble sleep. But it’s not. Also, I can assure you that you will be in good hands. He and I have both done this many times.”
I wanted to believe him, and again I had the impression of a calm, steady pilot. But no matter what he said I still had that chattering sensation in my teeth and felt as if tremors were going off in my body.
I worried: Could I overcome my fears and do this? Or would I completely wash out? Would I get “out,” only to be unable to get back in? Connie had spent hours preparing me for this, showing me how to focus on my breathing and quiet my monkey mind, but… I still felt so utterly unprepared. And my questions persisted: How would I know Gregory? What would he look like? Would he see me? Could we touch? What if I didn’t want to leave?
Connie moved close to me and slid her arm through mine.
“I know you’re still scared,” she said. “Just trust the process and do the best you can.”
Interview with Author Kim Pierce
Any weird things you do when you’re alone?
What is your favorite quote and why?
“And now I know that we must lift the sail
And catch the winds of destiny
Wherever they drive the boat.”
—From Edgar Lee Master’s Spoon River Anthology “George Gray”
I love this tombstone quote about leaving your safe harbor and taking chances. George regrets in death how he cowered in life, a prisoner of his safe harbor. I have returned to the quote many times, especially when I have had to retreat to a safe harbor to regroup. It always inspires me to set out again, not stay stuck, and catch that wind.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I don’t really have one favorite. But when I read a novel I really like, I go back and read it a second time to observe the structure and development. Most recently this was Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s heartbreaking What Could Be Saved.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Clarity, economy (of words) and the discipline to let the story unfold slowly.
Where did you get the idea for this book?
I lived it. It started as my grief journal after my fiancé died suddenly. Writing was my therapy. Eventually, though, the story took over and, while there are similarities with my experience, the narrative took on a life of its own. I did hew closely to what we know about paranormal experiences.
About Author Kim Pierce
Kim Pierce is a former Dallas Morning News writer and editor who completed the Writer’s Path fiction program at Southern Methodist University. My Dead True Love is her first novel, inspired by events surrounding the death of her fiancé in 1998. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her partner and three cats.
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