Wednesday, 8 February 2012
I thought I would blog about how I came to write The Other Place.
I suffered from claustrophobia all my life. It worsened considerably a few years ago and began to affect my sleeping pattern, and I also began to experience panic attacks. This began to affect my daily life.
One day I mentioned claustrophobia to a friend who said she suffered from this anxiety. I asked other friends, and began to realise just how many other people suffer from this problem but are too embarrassed to talk about it.
I decided to research the subject. I found this absorbing and discovered that claustrophobia can lead to people suffering other anxiety disorders. I read that 5 -7% of the world population suffer from this condition but fortunately there are treatments available. Treatments may include cognitive therapy, hypnotherapy – some therapists believe revisiting a past life can help patients find the cause of their problem. In fact there is a wide range of treatments available to help sufferers of this condition.
I know there are many people out there like myself who are too embarrassed to admit their problem. We learn to live with it by avoiding situations which can bring on the anxiety.
It suddenly dawned on me one day my story could be the basis of an interesting storyline. The past life aspect appealed to my imagination. I contacted a few regression therapists who obviously could not discuss client’s stories but were helpful. I sat down and Chrissie James and her family presented themselves to me. The Other Place was born.
Chrissie’s story is fictitious, apart from the claustrophobia and the sleeping difficulties. I did find the book difficult to write; the main characters have to deal with some tough issues, but I felt compelled to write it.
After finishing the book my sleeping pattern improved, and other anxieties have gradually drifted away.
Chrissie James is a troubled soul: with family problems, unexplained phobias and a stalker to contend with, she seeks help with a hypnotherapist. Whilst in therapy, Chrissie discovers she has led a past life.
Will living a previous life help Chrissie to discover the truth of what caused her fears and phobias, and will she find out who is stalking her?
The Other Place is a paranormal mystery. Its many twists and turns will keep you guessing to the very end.
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