#Mystery Author, PJ. Lazos #Psychic Child Characters #MTW #MTW_2017 MysteryThrillerWeek

newmeprofilepicfullsizerenderContinuing with hosting authors for Mystery Thriller Week Annual Event, today I have the pleasure of featuring Mystery author, Pamela Lazos. The two of us seem to be in sync, both with our interests in holistic health as well as the energy healing modalities. In her novel, Oil and Water, Pam created a psychic child, Gil, and you’ll get to know him. After Pam’s blog, I’ll be talking a little bit about creating psychic characters. I’ve written many articles about this, so I don’t want to reiterate too much. Today, I’ll focus on the psychic child.
1. How much research has gone into your novel to make it credible? And can you tell our readers what you’ve learned and incorporated into your book?

pam2fullsizerenderI found a copy of an article from “Discover Magazine” in the printer at work. It talked about a machine that converted trash into oil.  I looked into it and found that there was, in fact, an pilot project on such a machine at the Naval Yard in Philadelphia.  Lucky me, since I work in Philadelphia.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get into the facility,  nor could I get anyone to give me any insight into the process so what I learned was basically from the internet and whatever other information I could find — financial statements, etc., — of the company responsible for building the machine, “Changing World Technologies.” I know there are holes in the explanation, things I couldn’t puzzle out or didn’t understand, but I hope I captured enough of the essence of what was happening at the facility to make it credible.  I didn’t make anything up as it concerned the science as I wanted it to be as authentic as possible, but I realize that there are open questions.

2. I love that you have a psychic child, Gil, who can continue his father’s work. What can you tell our readers about developing his character? Do you know any children like him?

I don’t know anyone like Gil, although I wish I did. I took Gil’s physical mannerisms from my son who was around ten at the time, especially the bit with the way he pushed his hair across his forehead with the bangs just so.  As for his emotional/psychic state, I think that’s probably a bit from personal experience. I don’t claim to be psychic, but I definitely feel as though I can tune in to people’s energy and feel what they feel.  We all can do this as children, but generally lose the ability by the time we are adults.  We become preoccupied with our list of things to do and just forget what we used to know. I remember being very tuned in as a child and not so much now for the reasons I just stated.  Also, I’ve always wanted to understand physics as I think it forms the underpinning of the universe, yet it’s something I struggle to understand at other than the most basic levels.  By creating Gil, I get to live a little vicariously.
 pam1fullsizerender3. What is the theme of the book? The message you want to convey to your readers? Does the theme evolve or is it conscious on your part in writing the book?
The theme is that we are not doing enough to take care of our “house.” The planet is clearly having a hard go of it,  yet we keep dumping and extracting and polluting without regard for the generations to come.  It will be our children’s children’s children who lose out because of our short-sighted responses to these issues.  That we haven’t thrown ourselves into clean energy and the search for an energy source that is non-polluting and sustainable is really unconscionable given the considerable resources at our disposal.
 4, You write long, as I do. What challenges did you face writing a longer novel and how did you overcome them?
You forget what you said a hundred pages before and have to go back and remind yourself.  As my character develops, I find myself changing my mind about things and so I have to go back and correct text to comport with my new idea, but I don’t always remember all the instances that need correcting so it takes time.  I like writing long, however.  It gives me a chance to figure out the best path for my characters and gives them the time to pivot in order to correct their course.  Kind of like life.

Oil and Water

When inventor Martin Tirabi builds a machine that converts trash into oil it sends shockwaves through the corporate halls of the oil cognoscenti. Weeks later, Marty and his wife, Ruth are killed in a mysterious car accident. Their son, Gil, a 10-year old physics prodigy is the only one capable of finishing the machine that could solve the world’s energy problems.  Plagued with epilepsy from birth, Gil is also psychic, and through dreams and the occasional missive from his dead father he gets the push he needs to finish the job.

Meanwhile, Bicky Coleman, head of Akanabi Oil is doing his best to smear the planet in it. From a slow leak in the Gulf of Mexico to the most devastating oil spill the Delaware River has ever seen, Akanabi’s corporate practices are leaving oily imprints in their wake. To divert the tide of bad press, Bicky dispatches his son-in-law and Chief Engineer, David Hartos to clean up his mess.  A disillusioned Hart, reeling from the recent death of his wife and unborn child, travels to Philadelphia to fulfill his father-in-law’s wishes.

There’s no such thing as coincidence when Hart meets Gil and agrees to help him finish Marty’s dream machine. But how will he bring such a revolutionary invention to market in a world reliant on fossil fuels and awash in corporate greed?  To do so, Hart must confront those who would quash the project, including his own father-in-law.

You’ll find murder, mystery, and humor as black as fine Arabian crude filling the pages of Oil and Water. The characters are fictional, but the technology is real. What will we do when the oil runs out?   Open up and see.

Here’s the excerpt:

Zenone stood on the shore watching large waves crash against it and taking with them, back to the river, the blackness that covered the land. He smiled. The oil was dissipating. Once again, Mother Nature prevailed. The snow clouds cast an eerie orange light, enough for him to see. It was all going great until the waves started dropping things on the beach: a loud thump, followed by a scattering of black, rounded clumps of solid mass.

He walked over to investigate. A large, oiled bird lay on the ground, half-dead and shivering from hypothermia. Zenone touched the animal as it opened its eyes, blinking back the oil, trying to clear its vision. He felt his own eyes sting with tears. Zenone wiped the bird’s eyes with his fingers, then his hands, removing what oil he could, but the task was impossible, like removing water from a well with a slotted spoon. He was so engrossed he didn’t notice the wall of water behind him. The wave crashed on the shoreline, knocking Zenone to the ground and taking the bird with it. He climbed to his feet and staggered down the beach. Another crashing wave, another thump, followed by another, and another. Zenone looked up to see birds lying everywhere, landing on the beach with each successive wave. He dropped to his knees and crawled to the nearest bird. A glob of oil was stuck in the bird’s esophagus. He reached in and tried to dislodge it. The bird fought him, flapping against both the intrusion and the lack of oxygen. It clamped down hard on Zenone’s fingers, and he yelped in surprise and pain.

You can purchase Oil and Water here. on Amazon.

The Psychic Child

First, I want to say that all children are creative and have intuitive abilities. That is, until adults squelch them. When a child talks to an imaginary friend, and actually answers questions their friend is asking, it’s beautiful to watch the interaction. Those of you who are reading this probably have heard your young children and grandchildren in these interactions. Adults can react in two ways: join in the conversation, or tell the child to stop talking nonsense. I surely hope it’s not the latter. The more open parents are to encouraging the child to experience the world around them, the more open the child will be to learning. Starting in nursery school, children learn what it is to have feelings, not to hurt the feelings of others, and be aware of how their words affect people. As the child becomes in tune with feelings, other sensory clues can enter into their awareness. Children can learn how to listen to their guts, their emotions center to warn them of danger. Just like dogs and cats can sense if people love them or are out to hurt them, children can learn the same things. In developing the psychic awareness of children, they need to learn how to quiet their mind and body which can be done though deep breathing and meditation.

Psychic children can have premonitions during their dreams, which many adults would interpret as nightmares when their child awakes suddenly. Adults can encourage the ability to sense a future event by talking with their children, having them describe it. Many children go off in a day-dream in school or when they’re bored. Their unconscious mind is telling them more interesting stories than the present. When talking to their imaginary friend, for the psychic child, they are actually seeing and hearing that entity. Through listening, the child can hear their higher self, their consciousness, or their spirit guide guiding them. In a previous blog, I wrote that Dr. John Trenton of Gemini, my first book, had been psychic and clairvoyant since he was a toddler, and I wrote some of his experiences, In my current WIP, I have a psychic child who helps the police in an aspect of a case.

My message to adults is to encourage this free thinking in your child. In my opinion, this would be wonderful for their mental and physical health, mainly because they’ll be open to talk about what is bothering them, instead of holding in their emotions. Holding in emotions has been known to tighten and block chakras and cause energy imbalances in the body which lead to illness.

Please feel free to leave comments and questions for Pam and I.

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