Susie Schecter – Lifetimes Ago-A Love Story

What is your most recent book?

My book, Lifetimes Ago: A love story inspired from past life memories was published in March, 2010. It’s historical fiction based on a true story of reincarnation. In college, I was introduced to Buddhism. For many years, I embraced this Eastern Religion, although I did not entirely believe in reincarnation. I could not completely grasp the notion that I had lived before. To me, reincarnation was a plausible theory of eternal life and a believable explanation, along with many other explanations of what happens to us when we die. After having this past life experience with my boyfriend Mike—I am a believer. This book has a sense of truth and its pages resonate with the universal certainly that love never dies.

Tell us something about yourself.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Dominguez Hills in Communications / Journalism and a Certificate of Hypnotherapy from the American Board of Hypnotherapy. My background is in advertising copywriting and public relations.

What inspired you to write this book?

In 2001, I had a powerful experience with Mike. When we first met we experienced several meaningful coincidences in out newly formed relationship and I wanted to find out for sure whether there was a past connection between us. To uncover if we were soul mates or to find out if we ever met in another life we turned to hypnosis. The initial past life regression sessions and those that followed were more successful than either of us could have imagined. Actually in my book there is a chapter at the end of it titled: “the story behind the story” which chronicles the hypnosis and research part of the story.

How did you choose the title?

It came to me early on in the creative process. I changed the sub-title several times.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you get started?

It took eight years to write the book. It took forever to research the characters. The love story takes place in the 1930s so I had to do extensive research on that time period. The historical nature of the book required precise and accurate information. After the eight years, I couldn’t wait any longer and self-published with iUniverse. Although I had the manuscript professionally edited.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I was in a writers group for several years that helped motivate me to write on a daily basis. In my daily affairs, I tried to have a reverence for life by displaying acts of harmony, love, and cooperation. In conjunction with Buddhist chanting, practicing self-help techniques became a daily ritual. With all this indisputable spirituality, my mood lifted and I was able to joyfully write this novel.

How do you come up with the names of the characters?

Most of my characters were real people so I didn’t need to come up names. The characters that were not real…I spontaneously came up with names. Coming up with names is a very easy part of the writing process.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I would say that you should put as much energy into marketing your book as you did in writing it.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would research publishers more thoroughly, even if I was going to self-publish. Plus, I would not spend as much time attending a writers group. There is a long wait in between authors to get feedback on your manuscript. You have to wait your turn and that usually took over a month.

What types of books to you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I love J.K. Rowlings! She is an amazing writer. I worked with kids between the ages of 9-12 and they began to read when the Harry Potter books came out. I also like Marianne Williamson, Sarah Ban Breathnach and Robert Waller. One of my favorite books is Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. I was also influenced by a great writer who taught a writing class in the college I went to – Art Seidenbaum. He was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote with such a colorful flair. Another books that especially touched by heart was Gary Zukav’s, The Seat of the Soul. This best seller talked about the expansion of human perception beyond the five senses. It explained cause and effect, reminding me once more, that there are no coincidences in life.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

My next book will be completely different from Lifetimes Ago. It is a comedy and not based on a true story.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Do your homework and never give up!

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

The perfect reader is someone who likes a good story, likes a good romance and is spiritual in nature. I believe the reader will enjoy this book, because not only are they drawn into the story, but they are educated about what may take place during a past life regression session. I also document the facts that were obtained during the hypnosis sessions.