Maria Ridge was born having gifts that allowed her to see and speak into the spirit world. As she aged these gifts came to be more of a curse than a blessing. At 17 she escaped the tauntings from not only the town but also from her family to embark on a journey that leads her to discover others like herself, secrets to her past, and the reality of her gifts. With the help of her new friend, Allie, Maria feels she finally found her place in this world. The destined meeting of Ash awakens the two girls to the fine veil between this world and the next. Can Maria survive the haunting evil that threatens her? This book is based on true paranormal events. The names of people and places have been changed in order to enhance the story line. However, all paranormal events are due to personal experiences or eyewitness accounts. THIS BOOK WAS REVISED IN JUNE OF 2013 TO INCLUDE NEW EXPERIENCES AND THE NARRATIVE WAS CHANGED TO FIRST PERSON.
inspired the book Angels & Arrows?
events that occurred either personally to me or to family members or friends. I
changed locations, time frames, and names of people strictly to enhance the
story. There is very little that is fabricated in the book. The only part that
has not occurred is the ending scene.
did you choose to fabricate that scene?
going to end it in a different manner. However, so many people that read the
ARC said they didn’t like it because it kind of left the reader hanging. I
wanted to give a happy ending to the main character, she (I) have been through
a lot. I guess you could say it is how I would like for the situation to end.
the main character is based on you and your life?
paranormal activity that happens to Maria in the book, has happened to me.
you by chance have any abilities along those lines?
people and tell certain things about them. The best way I can explain it is
that I just know these things. It is as if I’ve known this person for a long
time and know their habits and personality. The best way I describe it is like
this… a person knows things about their spouse, best friend, relative etc. No
one tells them, they just know that habit or personality trait; this is how it
happens to me. I can also communicate with spirits. I would not say that I am
another Long Island Medium or anything like that, it just happens; I don’t know
why or how, it just does.
old were you when you first realized you had these abilities?
three or four years old I knew I could talk to spirits. I could see them and
talk to them. I had an experience when I was about 6 years old where an old
woman came and visited me in the middle of the night. I saw this woman two
other times in the coming years. It wasn’t until about 5 or so years ago that I
realized I could actually read people. I always thought it was just my
intuition telling me things about the person. However, when I began asking
people certain things that were revealed to me, they were astounded because
there was no way I could have known those things; things they had told no one.
you met many people with similar abilities?
few people, thanks to social media. My best friend also has the same abilities
as me. It is comforting to know that I am not as weird and a freak as I once
thought I was because of this ability. It can be very difficult at times,
judged and criticized that I call on something evil or dark to get this information.
I am just like every other person that believes in God and Jesus. I pray
regularly and no, it does not come from something evil.
more difficult and there were only a select few that I told about my abilities.
Now that I am older and wiser, I don’t really care what people think about me.
I don’t go around advertising that I can do these things, and I surely don’t
approach people on the street.
made you decide to talk about it now?
Angels & Arrows I wasn’t going to deny or hide this any longer. I also hope
that perhaps this will help someone that is going through a similar situation that
is having a hard time getting people to believe them. It is hard to change
someone’s mind when they do not believe or do not want to believe that things
can and do happen. I am sure there are those individuals that make things up
and lie about the paranormal activity that goes on around them. Those people
give the rest of us that it is actually happening to a bad name and instilling
that stigma that was placed on us a long time ago. For those that have similar
abilities that they hide or that are afraid of the laughter and mockery they
will get for the belief of the paranormal activities that are happening around
you… you are not alone, there is someone out there that does understand.
Reyna Hawk is a 47 yr. old mother of one son and grandmother to one little girl. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio she has had the passion for story telling and writing since her teen years. Reyna’s main genre is romantic suspense although she does have works in the paranormal genre and psychological thriller. Reyna is currently published through Ravenswood Publishing, GMTA Independent Publishing LLC & Libertine Press.
Reyna currently holds an Associate of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Culture Anthropology.
The Valentine/Petrilo Series consists of five books:
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