Ghost: Pity me not, but lend thy serious hearing/ To what I shall unfold.
Hamlet: Speak; I am bound to hear.
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with her Grandma Maria.
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CLEO: In your experience, what are some of the principle reasons spirits stay behind here on earth? Is it always their choice?
MARY ANN: It is always unfinished business in one form or another. A young mother dies suddenly. Obviously she does not want to leave the future of her children to someone else, she chooses to stay. A suicide victim wants someone to know why they took their life. A homicide victim wants some sort of justice. Someone who values an earthbound procession and refuses to leave it behind. The reasons go on and on. In death as in life we have a marvelous gift called free will. At death we do have the choice to cross over or remain.
CLEO: I love the title of your novel, The Book of Illumination, because the story is not only about searching for a priceless, stolen illuminated book, but about helping earthbound spirits cross over into the light. Like Anza, can you really re-create a light for the spirit to cross over? What do you think that light is exactly? Where does it come from? Where do you believe a spirit goes when it walks toward the light?
MARY ANN: My grandmother taught me how to create the white light. The hardest part about learning how to do it was making the opening big enough for a spirit to go into, and keeping it open long enough for them to cross. I believe that the white light is a gift for all of us from God. It is there for all of us to use for protection. I know I could not have gotten through my two daughters learning how to drive without the white light. There was not a time that they left the house that I did not cover their car in the white light. I never get on an airplane without first visualizing the white light covering the plane. I believe that there is an afterlife. The light is present for all people who die. I would visualize it as being the way for our spirits to travel from our earthly plane to the next level. I sincerely believe that there is someone at the end of the light with a clipboard directing where you will go. I do not believe that we enter at the same level.
CLEO: What made you decide to team up with Ms. Foley and write The Book of Illumination?
MARY ANN: My book agent Jennifer Gates introduced us. I love Maureen’s style or writing. She has a marvelous work ethic and I truly enjoy working with her
CLEO: You’ve said that all children can see spirits. What would you advise someone to develop this gift? Can it be developed after childhood?
MARY ANN: I was very fortunate to have my grandmother in my younger years. She gave me the guidance and kept me on the right track. If your child has a gift, I think that it extremely important to be supportive, but not overbearing. Let the child develop the gift at their own pace. Never be critical or over analytical. If the gift remains after childhood I truly believe that if a person works hard enough they can redevelop it.
CLEO: Thank you so much to Mary Ann Winkowski for joining us today at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen!
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