On May 7th, my new book, Proof of Life, will be released. It’s the sequel to What She Saw, which was published about five years ago. Together, they introduce the new Beyond the Veil mysteries, which is paranormal mystery-suspense with a dash of romance.
When I started thinking about the story I wanted to write in Proof, I realized I needed to bring back a character from What She Saw. In that book, a young woman wakes up on a train with amnesia. Proof takes up her story five years later, when we learn she has been hearing voices. She’s not crazy; what she’s hearing comes from the world of spirit.
As I’ve written elsewhere, my interest in the afterlife began in 2000 when my daughter was the victim in a murder-suicide. I was compelled to find out what happens when we “die.” What I learned from my research was, there is no death, that our loved ones continue to be involved in our lives on earth and they want us to know they are okay. To that end, when a spirit comes across someone with the ability to pass along messages to those of us still in human form, they tend to glom onto that person and bombard them with requests (until otherwise instructed).
That’s what happens to Jessica Mack in Proof of Life. For five years she has been doing her best to pretend she can’t hear these voices from beyond the veil. Now, called on to help find a missing child, she can no longer ignore them.
But it seems I wasn’t finished with bringing back characters from other books. Sage Boles wanted in, too. We met this man with a mysterious past in Written Off, the seventh Claudia Rose Forensic Handwriting mystery. Together, Sage and Jessica turn to the spirits for help in finding four-year-old Ethan.
One of the locations in the book is the Ballona Wetlands, near where
Claudia lives in “Playa de la Reina.” I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the Wetlands area Jessica is drawn to in her search for Ethan.