Allowing The Possibilities

Jesse G and Carolee Shepherd Author Interview

Beyond Amazon takes readers on a metaphysical journey through time and shows them how Curtis Trueheart came to live in the village of Duachi. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The inspiration for our story began with a dream, not unlike the prologue. As in a real dream, there were many details left out, but the seed of the story was planted. It took several years to completely seize the opportunity and flesh out the rest, mostly through daily meditations on the shores of the Salish Sea (the area you know as Puget Sound). Carolee and I thoroughly enjoyed bringing our shared perspectives to the table, making sure that all the loose ends wound up woven together to create the beautiful life in Duachi.

In addition, as a lifelong songwriter, the last twenty-five years of collaborating with Carolee has led us through a fruitful journey of imagination and wit. My performing experiences have served me well, allowing me to put myself into the story. Although Curtis Trueheart, the lead character, is also a performing songwriter, his journey has gone far beyond any of my experiences of traveling, playing music and meeting new people.

Curtis Trueheart is an interesting character that I enjoyed following. What were some driving ideals behind Curtis’s character development?

I wanted Curtis Trueheart to reflect the meaning of his name. There is a lot of my character in Curtis, as I, too, am just as curious. I consider myself a mystic and find meditation, aligning with nature, and knowing we are all connected, serves my spiritual walk on this planet Earth.

Though he met with many unbelievable situations, Curtis’ curiosity and respect for “possibilities” provided the impetus for his inclination to proceed, despite the unique situation in which he found himself. Though, in the Beyond he had little choice but to accept what was happening, the nurturing he received encouraged his willingness to remain. This reflects and inner struggle that allows something other than what we think to be true. Being true to one’s heart is “allowing” the possibilities.

Additionally, I also wanted to give voice to some of the ideas that have emerged regarding what happens when we pass from this level of consciousness. Using my own experiences of those who have crossed over, coupled with NDEs of friends and others, we were able to imagine how the afterlife might present itself. Of course, our ultimate goal was to create the life we want to experience, and that became Duachi by the Golden Sea.

What was the writing collaboration process like on this book?

Carolee and I are very intuitive in our creative processes. And so it is that we work well together, bouncing off ideas, laughing at many of them, and spending the many hundreds of hours it took to give the story and the characters the life they needed to become real to us. We try to never criticize, but rather, critique…. there is a huge difference, you know? One allows growth and trust to be the underpinning of this process, while the other is a recipe for getting nowhere!

The “meat” of Beyond Amazon comes from my meditations on the beach, after which, I go home and write them down in whatever fashion they tumble out. Carolee then helps with getting them into proper form, sentence structure and continuity. We often just sit and talk about what’s happening and brainstorm how the current scene with play out.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I wish I could answer this question. We, too, are excited to find out what the next adventure will be for Curtis and Li. We do so many things – music, writing, quilted crafts, children, grandchildren…. It will certainly center on a mystical journey, although what is “cooking” right now is hard to describe.

Author Links: GoodReads | Amazon

Beyond Amazon: A Metaphysical Journey Through Time and Space, by Jesse G. Shepherd and Carolee Shepherd, is a mind-bending mystical science fiction novel. It is a book about spiritual awakening, for it goes beyond the fantasy/sci-fi genres.

The story begins in the fictional town of Dropwater, Montana, which is hosting the annual August Arts Festival. Curtis Trueheart, a high school graduate returning after many years, is one of its featured musicians. After his well-received performance, he meets a couple, Randy and Alecia, and their son, Luka, They quickly hit it off, and Curtis is invited to visit their home on Outhere Island, off the coast of Puget Sound, in the Salish Sea. Looking forward to a relaxing vacation, Curtis finds himself on a trip that will change his life forever.

Unaware that he’s being sucked into the adventure of a lifetime, Curtis follows his friends on a two-day trip to Outhere Island, where he soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and the island hides wonderful secrets. An evening walk reveals mysterious events, such as an eight-foot tall man who comes and goes into the ethers, and a puppy-like creature who is entrusted to Curtis’ care. After demanding an explanation from Alecia, she challenges him to expand his understanding about time-travel, shape-shifting and genetic engineering.

All of Curtis’ beliefs and ideas about what is possible are laid bare as he, himself, falls into a transportal and lands in The Beyond, a place between dimensions, protected, where its creator, Dr. Manu Nanda, can conduct his experiments in an attempt to create more peaceful humans.

Curtis’ visit to The Beyond changes him forever in ways he could not imagine. Of course, there’s someone there to fall in love with, a tall, slender crystalline female being from the future, with fiber-optic hair and a mission to help Dr. Manu Nanda reach his challenging goal.

How Curtis and Li find their way to a life together is fraught with dangers and the stuff science fiction is made of. But rest assured, this story has a happy ending, and you will fall in love with how it all turns out.

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