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Writing the words of my characters became more than looking for ways to move the story along or give readers important information. It became a special time to spend with my The Skye in June family. Listening, not disturbing the rumbling of family discord or sisters hashing out problems. I voiced my concerns: How would Mary, express her anger at her father for teasing and labeling her as a boy? Could Annie find the words, smiling through her tears, to keep encouraging her little sisters to be happy and safe? Back and forth I spoke their words, Mary to Annie, Annie to Maggie and all to June, the youngest. Jimmy, the father bellowed at his kids and fearful Cathy, the mother, guilty for not speaking up for her children to her abusive husband. I had to know how Cathy felt so I rummaged through my life experiences and observations - delving into Cathy's psyche to express her, once upon a time hopes and dreams soured with life's disappointments. No matter what, the MacDonalds were a loyal Scottish family. But would my readers believe that through all their anger, secrets, tears and lies? At least they'd get a good laugh, I giggled, tapping away at the keys, sharing the girls' sassy comments and exposing their crazy plan - "We could kill him," one sister says of Jimmy. But which would say that?
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Published on February 05, 2010 21:16 • 128 views • Tags: facebook, family, fictional, haight-ashbury, historical, mother-daughter-mystery, novel, san-francisco, scotland, secrets, sisters, teens
Today waiting for my mother at her doctor, I was caught without a book. Sure there were magazines and newspapers, but I have three books - good ones too! - that I'm reading. I yearned to know what my "friends" (in my books) were thinking, feeling, doing...all awaiting my attention. Commissario Guido Brunetti (Dressed for Death) had just learned some vital juicy piece of information over penne rigate with a touch of pepperoncino about the transvestitie whore murdered with red heels. My imagination wandered away from murder to a scary story in progress. Kinky had her listeners perched on the edge of their seats, the wee dear Irish kids, waiting to hear if the "Shee" would indeed come after Connor (An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor - my goodreads win.) Connor did seem the kind of man that wouldn't be scared away by an old Irish superstitious folklore. I think. Sharply in my mind's eye came the cover of the "The Oulander", Gil Adamson. The snow, deep and plenty and the young woman trudging through it - I really tried not to start for afterall two books are reads enough - but with that opening - "It was night, and dogs came through the trees, unleashed and howling." I mean, wouldn't you want to know what or who they were after? Alas there I was without my friends -- my books! A lesson learned, don't leave home without a book. The wait was long and boring.
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Published on February 08, 2010 20:19 • 65 views • Tags: book, good-reads, june-ahern, novel, readers, the-skye-in-june
I just watched the movie Hereafter with Matt Damon as George, a retired psychic medium, who is called back into service against his will. I know how he felt.

I’m one of those people who easily sees and talks to the dead––those who have passed over. In the movie George tells another how he became psychic: As a child he had become very ill and needed surgery on the back of his head. Because of it something happened in his brain resulting in him “knowing and seeing” things about people he had no prior access to and this information was told to him by dead people.

I appreciated how the scriptwriter presented a correlation between head/brain surgery and changes in one’s psychic abilities. I also had a similar experience where a head injury had awoken my psychic abilities.

When I was nineteen I was in a very serious car accident and received grave injuries to my face and head and for a moment in the ambulance I “died”. That brief moment profoundly changed the course of my life forever, although it took me years to, not only understand what happened, but talk about it openly. Like one character in Hereafter I went to the“otherside”.

The physical part in time healed but the true miracle was what happened afterward.

Within a couple of months I began to have strong premonitions, about people’s past (recognition) visions of future events (precognition) and dead people spoke to me. It was not pleasant. Heck it scared the bejeevus out of me! Not that I was new to accepting psychic occurrences. My mother had a curiosity in it, even having a few prophetic a few dreams and for fun read tealeaves, but my experiences surpassed this greatly.

One of my strong abilities is mediumship and I rather enjoy it. I’ve mostly given up giving spirit communication (aka séances) because of the physically living beings as George experienced.

Of course the dead can be an annoyance as Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) in the movie “Ghosts” learned where she was deluged by spirits all coming through (talking) at one time––it can happen like that when they find a person who can see and hear them.

Do they haunt you like Oda Mae was by the dead character Sam, Patrick Swayze? You bethca! This happened to me once. The spirit didn’t lighten up until the police contacted me for all her information (her killer was successfully prosecuted.)

There are many rewards having these abilities’ and talents. I’ve met people from all over the world and been invited to travel to share my abilities. People have told me the information I shared changed their lives. Then again there’s a downside. In the movie George says that some people say he has a gift, but he thought of it more as a curse. I can relate. The curse is seeing and knowing too much as George says.

Psychics do become tired. Its takes a lot of energy, much focus and a certain detachment as information surges through. I’ve worked with law enforcement and even the believers have a particular way that can make one feel a bit blocked. There’s the need and expectations of clients to fulfill (or not) and neediness of the people seeking help and connections to dead loved ones. Let’s not forget the testing doubters, the ridiculing critics and the condemning haters (oh yes!) of psychics.

After having used my abilities for 40 years I believe that psychic energy must retire and the person must live for her or himself. But then, like George, there’s always that one more person who truly needs that information.

In my novel, my main character has "unusual" abilities that prove to be more of a curse than a blessings.

The Skye in June
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Published on March 27, 2011 16:02 • 136 views • Tags: coming-of-age, immigrant, medium, mother-daughter, mystery, mystical, novel, paranormal, psychic, san-francisco, scotland, spirits, young-female
I love give-aways books. Entering for sure, but also, my books offered. When the winners' names are sent, I happily package up The Skye in June and The Timeless Counselor. Like sending a birthday gift off!
Here's the latest give-away.
http://fullmoonbites.wordpress.com/20...

For either paperback or ebook - check it out!
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Published on September 20, 2011 19:00 • 74 views • Tags: family, fiction, novel, psychic
These dark, cold and rainy times are one of my favorite, jump into bed early with a book and a cuppa. How about you, is this also a favorite time of year to snuggle up with a book and keep warm?
I've once again, entered "The Skye in June" my novel as a give-away in the US and GB, which seems appropriate since it is about a Scottish immigrant family living in San Francisco, California - a great historical city. Please read more about the story at juneahern.com.
And Good Luck! Merry meet, merry part and merry meet again.
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Published on October 06, 2011 09:19 • 87 views • Tags: chck-lit, coming-of-age, family, give-away, history, immigrant, novel, religion, san-francisco, scotland, wicca
I'm often asked how I create my fictional characters and although I can't speak for all writers, I can for myself say––you and you and you!

I am a people person or should say, a people magnet really. My "other" job is all about people, which gives me plenty of fodder in my larder when writing.

In my first book, "The Timeless Counselor" –– a non-fiction –– I wrote about clients' sessions, but changed the names of course. If you've read that, you see how their stories could actually become a fictional tale or two.

In my novel, oh yum, yum! How fun picking bits and pieces of personalities and situations from a host of characters I've encountered in life.

Even my own family says, 'hey! is that me?' I say of 'course not!'

In truth bits and pieces are my parents, sisters and even my brothers. And then there were others life neighborhood friends. One friend, upon reading the book, called me and said 'loved reading about myself in your book'.

My brothers moaned 'You only used sisters where's the brothers?' Maybe a part of the sisters is the brothers, I told them.

In one chapter of the novel, "The Skye in June - fictional (but of course!)I used a crime committed in the early 1960's in my neighborhood to create fiction between the MacDonald family and more so for the main character, June.

Although I remember the story, research was still necessary to stir real and imaginary pictures to put into enticing words.

One of the people involved in this serious crime (all teen boys) read my book then remarked, "I see I made your story." He wasn't angry or upset. Names had been changed, it was an old crime but still part of the changing environs in "the Castro" of San Francisco and only a few would recognize the old story.

Readers from my 'old hood' during the story's era in San Francisco, contact me all the time to share their own experiences of growing up in what became a world famous neighborhood, "the Castro". Those who went to Catholic school also have much to say about their experience with nuns. Readers who went to the same parochial school I did and wrote about in the book, recognize the nuns by their real names and not the ones I gave them. That is fun! Of course the names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty.

As I work on my new novel the characters are created more so by me, but still I reflect back on the later 1960 days in San Francisco and have many characters to draw from.

What about the characters in your life? Will they end up in a story?

Please read more about me and my books at http://www.juneahern.com


The Skye in June

The Timeless Counselor/A Complete Consumer's Guide to a Psychic Reading
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Published on December 03, 2011 07:53 • 70 views • Tags: chck-lit, coming-of-age, family, give-away, history, immigrant, novel, psychic, religion, san-francisco, scotland, wicca
I'm often asked how I create my fictional characters and although I can't speak for all writers, I can for myself say––you and you and you!

I am a people person or should say, a people magnet really. My "other" job is all about people, which gives me plenty of fodder in my larder when writing.

In my first book, "The Timeless Counselor" –– a non-fiction –– I wrote about clients' sessions, but changed the names of course. If you've read that, you see how their stories could actually become a fictional tale or two.

In my novel, oh yum, yum! How fun picking bits and pieces of personalities and situations from a host of characters I've encountered in life.

Even my own family says, 'hey! is that me?' I say of 'course not!'

In truth bits and pieces are my parents, sisters and even my brothers. And then there were others life neighborhood friends. One friend, upon reading the book, called me and said 'loved reading about myself in your book'.

My brothers moaned 'You only used sisters where's the brothers?' Maybe a part of the sisters is the brothers, I told them.

In one chapter of the novel, "The Skye in June - fictional (but of course!)I used a crime committed in the early 1960's in my neighborhood to create fiction between the MacDonald family and more so for the main character, June.

Although I remember the story, research was still necessary to stir real and imaginary pictures to put into enticing words.

One of the people involved in this serious crime (all teen boys) read my book then remarked, "I see I made your story." He wasn't angry or upset. Names had been changed, it was an old crime but still part of the changing environs in "the Castro" of San Francisco and only a few would recognize the old story.

Readers from my 'old hood' during the story's era in San Francisco, contact me all the time to share their own experiences of growing up in what became a world famous neighborhood, "the Castro". Those who went to Catholic school also have much to say about their experience with nuns. Readers who went to the same parochial school I did and wrote about in the book, recognize the nuns by their real names and not the ones I gave them. That is fun! Of course the names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty.

As I work on my new novel the characters are created more so by me, but still I reflect back on the later 1960 days in San Francisco and have many characters to draw from.

What about the characters in your life? Will they end up in a story?

Please read more about me and my books at http://www.juneahern.com


The Skye in June

The Timeless Counselor/A Complete Consumer's Guide to a Psychic Reading
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Published on December 03, 2011 07:53 • 95 views • Tags: chck-lit, coming-of-age, family, give-away, history, immigrant, novel, psychic, religion, san-francisco, scotland, wicca