I cannot tell you how excited I am about this guest post with author Kirsten Miller. I absolutely loved her latest book, The Eternal Ones and am thrilled to host her here on BCM. Kirsten talks about her research into reincarnation for this book and I hope you enjoy reading it.
Hi everyone! My name is Kirsten Miller, and I’m the author of the (relatively) new book, The Eternal Ones. (As well as the Kiki Strike series.) I like to think of my latest novel as a twisted tale of reincarnation, true love, and sinister secret societies. So the team behind the Books Complete Me blog asked me to pen a post about all the research I did on the subject of reincarnation. (Thanks, ladies!)
If you search for information about reincarnation on the Internet, you’re likely to find some pretty wacky stuff. (There are a lot of people who insist they were once famous leaders or Egyptian priestesses.) These claims, while entertaining, have never struck me as anything other than ridiculous. Adults have a million reasons for inventing or imagining previous existences. However, I have a much harder time dismissing the stories little kids often tell about other lives that they’ve led.
When she’s very young, the heroine of The Eternal Ones, Haven Moore, begins telling her father about another life she once led. Believe it or not, this phenomenon isn’t as uncommon as one might imagine. According to people who’ve studied reincarnation, little children will often describe “other lives” in great depth. Most of the time, the tales these children tell are dismissed as the products of imagination. But in some rare cases, a kid’s parents will decide to do a little research. What they discover can be quite shocking. (A good example is the story of an American boy named James Leninger who claims to have been a pilot during WWII. Google his name if you’d like to have your mind blown.)
I knew about this phenomenon from my research, and it inspired the opening chapters of The Eternal Ones. But I was not prepared for the stories people have shared with me on my book tours. In every city I’ve visited at least one person has approached me after the show. The experiences they describe are always different, but their stories always began with the same sentence. “When I was little I used to talk about another life.”
The tale that spooked me the most came from an acquaintance of many years whom I’ll call Kate. This is not a lady who’s prone to fantasy. She’s a successful business woman who also happens to be quite religious. When I told Kate I had written a book about reincarnation, she informed me (much to my surprise) that she believes that she’s lived before.
It seems Kate’s older siblings claim that at the age of three or four, Kate began to talk about another life. She said that before she died, she had been the mother of four young children. She knew her kids’ names. The name of her husband. The town they had lived in. Her brothers and sisters tried to laugh it off until the level of detail became downright disturbing. Kate didn’t tell me exactly what she said back then, but whatever it was, the members of her big Catholic family are now firm believers in reincarnation.
I still haven’t made up my own mind, but I’m totally hooked on all the stories I keep hearing, and I have a feeling my research on reincarnation will never end. So if you have a story you’d like to share, please stop by my blog! ( http://theeternalones.
(And if anyone would like to read more about the subjects discussed in this post, check out the books Old Souls by Tom Shroder or Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation by Ian Stevenson.)
The Eternal Ones Book Info:
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
Release: August 2010
Book Summary (from Penguin): Haven Moore can’t control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother’s house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.
In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again.
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