Of all my novels so far, the most unique and mystical experience I've ever had writing a book was when I began the opening scenes of ETERNITY. As I wrote the scenes of a mother and daughter about to hang for witchcraft in 17th century England, I had a sudden rush of sensation in my chest, and the next thing I knew my heart was beating like a hummingbird's wings. I thought I was having a heart attack. By the time I arrived at the ER, it was back to normal and just as if nothing had happened. But the next time I worked on that story, it happened again.
I had a lot of medical testing which determined that I had developed a condition known as PSVT or Primary Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. Translated, that means sometimes my heart starts racing for no reason. It's a relatively harmless condition that's little more than an inconvenience, but until you know that, it can be scary. At any rate, once that was determined, I was relieved, but the darn racing would return every time I worked on ETERNITY up until I was beyond the halfway point, where the story moves into the modern day world.
And that wasn't the only mystical thing. I had been to a writer's conference while writing ETERNITY, where a psychic was giving readings, and I signed up to have one. As soon as I walked into the room, she looked at me and said, “Eternity, eternity, why am I hearing eternity?”
I know, I got the shivers too!
When the book came out, I had several readers tell me that they couldn't read those earliest scenes. They were too real to them. And a dear friend of mine swears that he stood beside me on the gallows from that story in some past lifetime.
I'm not sure I don't believe him.
This book is too special to me not to share it with everyone who might resonate with it, so I'm giving it away in all ebook formats. If you can't see the links below, just search “Eternity, Maggie Shayne” at Amazon in most nations, BN.com, the iBooks store at iTunes, Kobo and Googleplay. Enjoy!