You might ask, “What’s a paranormal editor?”
In my case, being a paranormal editor is nothing like you might imagine. No, it has nothing to do with the creepy, scary, gruesome stuff you see on the big screen.
The books I edit are non-fiction and written by authors who believe we are more powerful than we know. In this case, the word “paranormal” really just means “out of the norm.” These authors might be empaths or psychics or even hypnotherapists, and they write about the metaphysical phenomenon in everyday life. Some write about the afterlife. Most have pretty tough skin. After all, not everyone is comfortable exploring this side of ourselves. Some are not comfortable grappling what lies ahead after death. Others outright reject it.
People are (and should be) skeptical. Yet, there’s something to be said for being open-minded, as well. I, for instance, was raised in the South by salt-of-the-earth parents who took me to a mainstream protestant church. It shaped who I am and what I believe. I had never been exposed to anything other than those beliefs and had been taught to stay far, far away from anything that seemed “odd” or “outlandish.” Well, through the years I’ve met some remarkable people with incredible stories, some of it scientifically viable in today’s fields of research.
Take, for instance, this video entitled “Memories can pass between generations through DNA” which explains that trauma and instinct and phobias can be passed down genetically. It’s quite interesting. And speaking of phobias, an article by Richard Gray published in The Telegraph (a UK news outlet) is entitled “Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors.”
The article states:
Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop.
Paranormal Editor Projects
Over the decades I’ve been privileged to edit non-fiction books that draw on real-life experiences. Sometimes the death of loved ones evokes comforting signs that they are still, somehow, present. A book in a series by Eliza Anne McDaniel, entitled Journey to the Heart, depicts her “spiritual awakening” after experiencing horrific childhood abuse. She forgave her abusers and those who preyed on her, which freed her from psychological oppression. Forgiveness allowed her to realize her own gifts as a Reiki healer. She found healing through Spirit and the Universe — a notion that may be foreign to many readers.
I’m currently working on a ghostwriting project that involves the dynamics of healing after abuse. And no, ghostwriting doesn’t mean writing about ghosts. It means capturing, writing, or even scripting a person’s story for them. They are still the author; I just facilitate the story. This means I capture their fundamental shift in thinking and share it compellingly with the audience — the terrifying “letting go” of preconceptions which results in a freeing experience.