IndieReader Interview

IR APPROVED AUTHOR JOELLYN ST. PIERRE: “EVERYTHING IS ALIVE. DEATH IS JUST A NAME FOR SOMETHING WE DON’T UNDERSTAND.”

Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Joellyn St. Pierre.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends): Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead published Nov. 1, 2019.

What’s the book’s first line? 

The Urban Dictionary defines a male muse as an Agent of Fortune.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

No one was more surprised than me when on the winter solstice of 2017, I rather suddenly and startlingly began “hearing” the voice of the brilliant performer, director, composer and lyricist Anthony Newley, my inspiration to pursue a career in the theater. Not least of all because he’d been dead nearly twenty years and I am certainly not a medium. And yet, there he was. Over the next couple of years, we forged a creative bond, discussing the arts, genius and madness, creativity, critics and what might lay beyond the veil we call death. Together we explore how the living can help the dead, a way to accelerate the balancing of karma and a state we call “blending,” ultimately leading us to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of Newley’s death with friends and family in London.

Filled with laughter, tears and poignant insight, Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends): Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead is an important addition to consciousness research encouraging people with no mediumistic abilities to create a bridge between the worlds. And that’s just the beginning of the adventure…

Finally, as a shameless promotion, Dr. Raymond Moody, the grandfather of the near-death experience, author of the groundbreaking Life After Life and my mentor said this about my book:

This courageous conversation between St. Pierre and her muse is both entertaining and enlightening, shedding more light on that bridge between this world and the world(s) to come. Thought provoking, touching and a welcome addition to consciousness research.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

I never really expected to write another book after my first, The Art of Death MidwiferyBut ten years later, lightning struck. It struck with a Cockney accent. Anthony Newley was my inspiration to pursue a career in theater though I never had the opportunity to work with him. Then on the winter solstice of 2017, my husband and I were watching a Barbra Streisand concert on Netflix. Towards the end, she sang duets with various artists. As we watched, a film of Newley’s performance of “Who Can I Turn To?” from his hit Broadway musical “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd” on the Ed Sullivan show. I’d never seen it before. He was electrifying. I watched as a man dead nearly 20 years upstaged one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.

That night, I couldn’t sleep, my body sputtering and sizzling with kinetic energy. Then I found myself being directed to search out a fan club, a Facebook page, anything I could to flood myself with his music, his musicals, his performances. Before I knew it, I heard his voice in my mind.

Now, let me just say up front, I am not a medium. I’ve studied mediumship from several mediums including James Van Praagh. For a year, I mentored with Dr. Raymond Moody, father of the modern near-death experience, even going to his home for a weekend to work the psychomanteum with him. (The psychomanteum, or mirror gazing as some call it, was used for millennia by the ancient Greeks to contact their beloved dead.) I’d done all that and while I saw some small talent for it, mediumship just wasn’t for me. And yet. And yet? Here he was, in my mind, urging me on to one of the greatest adventures of my life.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

In ancient days, in times before the formation of the bicameral brain, talking to our beloved dead was common. Yet it was essential that humans develop a conscious mind. We’ve done that brilliantly, maybe too brilliantly. So, it is time now to reclaim the ability to speak with the so-called dead. It is a skill I believe anyone with a strong desire and some work, can do. You don’t need a medium.

Think of how life on earth would change if we understood what death truly is. As the ancient Greek philosopher Parmenides said, “Everything is alive. Death is just a name for something we don’t understand.”

The earth and all her inhabitants are facing catastrophic change of every sort. And from my conversations with Anthony Newley, it is clear to me that what I call the Enlightened Dead, are here, sharing the same space but at a different level (or dimension) of frequency. They want to help. They want to support and finally, they want you to know that death is not the end, nor something to fear. The biggest monster in your closet is actually your best friend.

Imagine how people might live their lives without that existential fear.

That’s the main reason but there is one more: It’s a highly entertaining read, poignant with laugh out loud moments. And couldn’t we all use a laugh right about now?

When did you first decide to become an author?

You know, I don’t think I ever actually decided to become an author. As a kid, I wrote all the time:  little things, silly things, funny things, scorching things. Just for myself. However, when I began working with the dying, I knew that one day, I’d have something to contribute to hospice care. There was no need to reinvent the wheel but if I had something new to contribute, I would write a book about it. Nearly 20 years later, that book, The Art of Death Midwifery came together. It wrote itself. I merely had to take dictation.

After that book, I figured I was done. I really didn’t have anything else to contribute. The field laid fallow for 10 years. In the interim, I did a lot of spiritual study and work. Then what felt like out of the blue, this new book came into being.

For a time, I used to make soap. Once you have your ingredients combined, you stir and stir. It can be laborious but you keep on stirring. And then…all of a sudden, the mixture quickens. One second it is watery and undefined, the very next BOOM! It hardens into soap.

Becoming an author was something like that for me. I won’t publish something unless I feel it adds to a body of knowledge. In between the field is fallow. Who knows if I’ll write again and if so…what?

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

The best part of being an indie writer is the total freedom and control of my work. I write when I feel I have something of value to contribute so waiting for months or years to find a publisher who shares my vision just doesn’t make sense. Though I collaborated with my editor and design team, I had final say on all aspects. I own all the rights and when I do sell a book, I receive a better share of the profits. I am my own boss, make my own schedule and that suits me best.

The hardest part is the tremendous amount of work to be done after the book is written. Finding the right editor and design team takes great care and research. Checking, checking and then checking again each part of the publishing end is exhaustive. Then for me, the bane of my existence is marketing. It is my understanding that even with a traditional publisher, for a newcomer, marketing still falls to you. I never did any real marketing for my first book and it sells to this day nearly 11 years after its publication. But I wanted to give this book its best opportunity to find its audience so I researched and researched everything that might help me with that. I’ve spent the last 4 months marketing the book. Entering the IndieReader Discovery Awards is part of that. Marketing, is not my happy place, so I look forward to resting and replenishing the well very soon.

 Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? fortune?)

Yes, there is. It isn’t fame or fortune which is a good thing as I think I might be very disappointed.  Honestly, it is to be of service. With both my books, unless I felt I had something to offer that benefited people and added to the discussion, there was no reason to publish.  In both cases, it surrounds our concepts of death, dying and what might follow. It surprises me because when I was younger, death terrified me. Our culture doesn’t do death well. But things are changing. Science helps in changing it. Our expanding awareness of consciousness helps in changing it.

There was a time many millennia ago when death was not regarded as the enemy. When people could communicate with their beloved dead. It was necessary, in order to develop our conscious minds that the link between the worlds was temporarily broken. Now more than ever, it is time to re-establish that connection. To commune with the higher worlds. I hope Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? can inspire people to listen inwards and upwards to once again make that much-needed connection.

Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to speak with your readers!

What Now?

It’s the time for me to rest and replenish before I once again build a bridge for my beloved muse and friend, Anthony Newley and I to meet. To gather and explore more deeply this sacred connection and the work the so-called living and the so-called dead can do together for the betterment of both worlds. I can’t think of another time in my current life where this collaboration was more important.

To that end, due to the tremendous generosity of my dear friend Pam, I’ll be going to the Monroe Institute for the Serving Spirit mediumship weekend taught by Suzanne Giesemann at the end of this month. I particularly wanted to go because Suzanne is one of the few mediums who earns Dr. Raymond Moody’s respect. While I continue to maintain that I am not a medium, Suzanne helps those who wish to connect with higher level benign beings or with our own higher self with more ease, grace and consistency. I’ll be sure to write about that when I return.

In my effort for Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? to find its audience, I entered the IndieReader Discovery Awards. The winners for that will be announced in May. However, the book is being listed in their Best Books of the Month for this month (so I have my fingers crossed). You can find it here.

That’s all for now. I hope you each will find time to move out of the stressful and oft times painful mass consciousness and find the still small voice within – for you, for me, for us all.

Free Book Giveaway

It’s been a whirlwind since publishing my latest book Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends) Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead. A whirlwind of marketing, of emotional highs and desperate lows – of self-doubts. I didn’t do any marketing for my first book The Art of Death Midwifery: An Introduction and Beginner’s Guide. This time, however, I felt the responsibility to Tony, if no one else, to make its intended audience aware of its existence.

My brain doesn’t work as a marketer, never really has but I’m giving it my best. While I never felt this way about my first book, this one has me feeling…vulnerable…exposed.  And tired. Bone dead tired with a brain that has turned to mush. Literally, I sat here for the last minute or so trying to remember that I wanted you to know about my brain mush.

I could give it a pretty sheen, say it’s a side-effect of spending the good part of the last 2 or 3 years straddling two worlds as my conversation with Anthony Newley unfolded. And really, I hope that’s true but it is just as likely that I’m just old.

So, for a while, I’ll need to rest and regroup because it is my understanding that Tony and I will eventually explore the many ideas we were inspired with during our time together that we just couldn’t fit into one book. As it is, the book is longer than I’d like for many reasons and yet…even my editor did not see where I should make cuts. “Some books are just long,” she said.

Whether our new journeys will end up in another book, on a different platform altogether, or just kept between ourselves, isn’t clear to me yet. So how this book is received may very well determine that.

So, I’m doing all I can to get this book in front of its intended audience (and you’ll know who you are if you read it). To that end, I’ll be doing a Goodreads giveaway starting December 28th and running for a month. Goodreads will choose 100 people to receive a free Kindle version of my book (much lighter to handle for you and kinder to trees than the paperback). If you’re not a member, go sign up for free here. Follow me, Joellyn St. Pierre. On the 28th I’ll also send out another blog post with more information and a link to enter.

The winter solstice is once again here. There’s a certain symmetry to sending this book out during this time as it was the solstice of 2017 that began it all. There are so many miracles, so many opportunities for transcendence if we are bold enough to follow our highest inner guidance. That is my wish for you this holiday season – the boldness to follow your heart’s true desire.

Watch for my blog post on December 28th and enter to win. Amen. Shalom, Namaste, As-salāmu ʿalaykum …and on…and on…

New Book Available Now

The culmination of the last three years’ work is available at Amazon now. Every post I’ve written and shared with you here at the Community of Spirits led to this very surprising encounter. One I hope to share with you in this book. I’ll be using this forum to entertain your questions and comments unless or until I find a better platform.

For a very limited time, you can purchase the Kindle version for $.99. My way of thanking you for coming along with me on this adventure in consciousness. Please let me know what you think. Let’s get the conversation going!

Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends) Forging A Creative Bond with the Dead

Well, after two years of intense work, my new book is ready for sale at Amazon and many other online outlets. Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends) – Forging a Creative Bond with the Dead tells the tale of how someone who wasn’t born with mediumistic abilities, through trial and error and years of spiritual study, suddenly connects with her childhood idol, now deceased. Actor, singer, composer, lyricist, screenplay writer, director and pantomimist Anthony Newley was my inspiration to pursue a career in theater. I never had the honor of working with him or even meeting him but apparently that was part of the plan. A plan, or contract, we made in the life between lives. Now it is coming to fruition in the elder years of my life.

We talk on many subjects – theater of course, music and harmony of the universe, dimensional change, parallel lives, love, loss, regret, grace, the relationship with one’s muse and what one may encounter after death. As we talked, other things began to develop. We discovered more ways that the living can serve the dead. You’ll learn about something we discovered that we call “blending” which ultimately allowed Tony to experience his blue plaque ceremony (a tremendous honor in the UK) on the 20th anniversary of his death and a musical extravaganza of his hugely popular songs ( What Kind of Fool Am I? Who Can I Turn To?, The Candy Man, Goldfinger just for starters) performed by some of the best talents Broadway and the West End has to offer in London on April 14, 2019.

I hope you will buy a copy, either paperback or eBook. And if you do, I hope it informs and entertains. We were both entertainers after all. If it touches you in a positive way, please write a review on Amazon. I learned that books purchased on Amazon and then reviewed on Amazon get the “verified purchase” designation which Amazon weights more heavily when determining rankings. I’m forcing myself to do my best to “launch” this book and things like that matter.

Anyway…It is my intention to use this blog as space for Could Anthony Newley Be My Muse? (Or His Story Never Ends) – Forging a Creative Bond with the Deadto live. For you to ask questions or make comments on the work. There’s much more I can add as we go along.

So please, click the link, go to Amazon, and purchase my book. For a very limited, time the kindle version is priced at $.99. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and patience through this entire journey…starting back in January 2016, stumbling my way to finally cross the bridge between the so-called living and the so-called dead and share with you my discoveries.

Perfect for this time of the thinning of the veils.

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But I Raise My Glass

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Today, April 14, 2018 marks the 19th anniversary of the death of Anthony Newley. As I write this, friends and fans of Tony gather in London to lift a glass celebrating his life. He was a truly unique talent – creator of musicals both for the West End and Broadway, songwriter, singer, actor, director and mime. He inspired so many young performers and writers. He inspires me.

Even with all my work and study with the dying and now the dead, I feel certain that consciousness survives death, I miss him. He died too young, robbing his family of a loving father, his friends of “someone who made you feel like the most important person in the world,” and his fans of so many more magical stories and songs he would have created. We all die with unrealized potential. He died with universes left to unfold.

The soul that was Tony Newley continues but we are no longer be able to “Look at that Face.”[1] See his hands sing. Hear that unique voice and wicked laugh. Feel the embrace his friends describe as “engulfing, the biggest bear hug in the world.” Those are gone forever.

But not Tony. Not the spirit who endured an early life of despair and privation, not only endured but then soared to the very heights of the entertainment world. And back down again. That complex and charismatic spirit discovered nineteen years ago that what we call death needs redefining. It is not annihilation as those trapped in materialism argue. It is transcendence to a different frequency, a different dimension no less real than this one, for the “real world is really unreal.”[2]

It is okay that we miss the dead but we should never dismiss them. Nor should we bind them with intense sorrow. For someone we love, it is the least we can do. So today, I raise my glass from this side of the pond, joining those who celebrate his life. And then…I continue to build the bridge where we shall meet and share and create…together. Tony built a mountain. [3] I’ll build a bridge.

[1] Song from “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd”

[2] From the song “This Dream” from “The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd”

[3] “Gonna Build a Mountain” from the musical “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off”