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Laura K. Cowan’s Music of Sacred Lakes is Beautiful Redemptive Ghost Story + INTERVIEW

musicofsacredlakesbookcoverfrontMusic of Sacred Lakes, by Laura K. Cowan, is my type of book. I love books that rise above words on a page and become their own surreal, atmospheric, deep thinking entities. It’s why I love Neil Gaiman, Erin Healy, and Ted Dekker so much. I really wish there were more authors who would write stories that intertwine the essence of life with fantastic ideas and a connection to nature, our ancestors, and the spirit world. Maybe I just think deeper myself than an average person on such subjects, but I doubt it. I am sure there are plenty of us free spirit thinkers sitting on benches by rivers and lakes and thinking about how it all fits together.

In this novel, Laura deals with emotions and issues such as not feeling like you belong, feeling guilty for not meeting expectations, feeling that you can’t be who you are, and as well, emotions that come from accidentally doing something wrong and having it eat away at you. She does a wonderful job of bringing it full circle though and redeeming the protagonist as he does inner soul searching and embraces self-awareness and forgiveness.

This story is somewhat supernatural in regards to it deals with the character diving deep beyond the normal, natural world and seeks guidance from God, spirits, natures, and himself. He is heightened in regards to thinking beyond the average world and healing himself. The lake, and his quest he is sent on by a native american healer to hear the lake speak to him, brings a gothic, foggy feel to the novel.

I really enjoyed Laura’s use of the first people tribes, the Odawa and Ojibwe, which are native to the area of Canada and Michigan. Native American novels and the use of their spiritual history and connection with nature has always interested and appealed to me, so I was thrilled that her novel included this element. It gives us as Christians an understanding that their is more than the usual religion that most are used to, that long before the white men came here, native americans were in-tune to the natural world and as well their own emotions and spiritual plain. A deep understanding of nature can call to us, change us, and speak to us, or how spirits and ancestors can speak to us through it, is so eerie to read about and yet so interesting to think on.

I really loved the issues and emotions Laura put into her book, as well as her character development and  her astounding magical and spiritual realism and symbolism. I can’t read to read more from Laura. If you liked Erin Healy’s Afloat or Neil Gaiman’s The House at the End of the Lane, then I think you’ll love Laura’s Music of the Sacred Lakes.  4.5 stars

Interview with Laura K. Cowan~

laura-k-cowan-headshotHi Laura!! Happy to have you come by Oh, for the Hook of a Book! It’s always a pleasure to have you here. You are kicking off quite the year as not only are you publishing Music of Sacred Lakes, but you have many more books launching this year. How are you feeling about launching Music of Sacred Lakes to the world?

Laura: Thank you! It’s so nice to be back to talk to you again. How am I feeling? Giddiness followed by dread followed by joy. No biggie. But seriously, this book came out of a full year of intense research and involved a shift in my worldview to a new understanding of the connectedness of things, so it’s big for me even if I’m not inventing any new way of seeing things that didn’t already exist in the world. I am super excited to share it with everyone, but I’m also pretty nervous. How many more people have to call me a heretic before I earn my sew-on “This Artist Has Been Flogged and Proven Sincere” patch?

Erin: NO reason to be nervous….haha! It’s getting somewhat more like spring where we are in Michigan and Ohio, after all that massive snow we had, let’s don our sweatshirts and head out in the cool breeze for a walk around one of our neighboring lakes. Should we bring coffee or tea? I opt this time for a steaming cup of java myself. You?

Laura: I love coffee, but it turns me into a maniac! I seriously can’t drink more than a quarter-cup of coffee without attempting to write an entire book in one day or clean my whole house. That would be awesome if it didn’t involve a crash on the other end. So, tea, thanks.

Erin: I have some great questions I’ve been waiting to ask you so let’s get started.

Q: Tell us a little about Music of Sacred Lakes. What was your inspiration for the novel?

A: My family actually has a sixth-generation family homestead in Northern Michigan like Peter in Music of Sacred Lakes, and while I’m really proud of my pioneering ancestors and relatives who still maintain the farm, I was upset when I learned as a kid about the history of Native American tribes being forced to give their lands to the United States to open it to settlers in the 1800s. I thought all my life about how maybe I should give back land I had control over, or at least help these tribes. In the end I realized that this sort of thing has happened throughout history to many peoples and it’s not possible to untangle it so simply, but it got me thinking about ownership of land, a concept I’ve never really been comfortable with. I also was thinking about how different cultures give rise to unique musical styles that really seem to reflect the environment they come from, and I started to wonder if there was a relationship between music and land. What was people’s relationship to land? What kind of relationships do people have with nature? I was starting to realized that feeling unwanted and displaced in the world was a deeper issue than family relationships, a big theme running through the generations of my family. It had something to do with the way we view our place in the world as a whole as well, something that had more to do with our entire culture’s way of viewing their relationship with nature.

Q: Your stories generally have an air of spirituality and connection with the natural elements. How do you feel your ghost differs from the normal ghost stories we read mainstream today?

A: This ghost is so different that I didn’t decide it was a ghost until the story was finished! This ghost is more like the voice of the world or the creative force behind it, which comes to Peter in the book in the form of the girl he accidentally killed rising out of Lake Michigan as a part of the lake. That’s why I call it a redemptive ghost story. It’s certainly still fascinating in the way I think all ghost stories can be, but it’s not just scary or sad. There’s a real ambiguous quality to it. We travel through the experience of being pursued by this voice with Peter, unsure of what is going on.

Q: How do you as an author define your genre? Literary? Christian? Paranormal? And how do others define you? Even though we can say we don’t want to be defined, generally our novels fit in somewhere and this helps readers to know if it’s a read for them.

A: I guess the best fit for me is magical realism or imaginative fantasy, in which invisible or mythical truths are made literal and visible in the contemporary world. My writing hops across several genres: fantasy, literary fiction, spiritual/visionary/metaphysical/postmodern Christian, paranormal psychological thrillers, but everything is about dreams, the connections between the natural and spiritual worlds, and supernatural or magical elements.

Q: What makes your novel, The Music of Sacred Lakes, stand out on the shelves? What makes your story unique?

A: Both supernatural novels and literary novels sometimes have a kind of dark vision of the world these days, probably just a reflection of our times. But Music of Sacred Lakes dives into one of the hardest topics literature tackles–being unwanted, unloved, displaced in the world, seeing no hope or purpose in life: despair–and brings an ambitiously hopeful vision of how things might be all right after all. It might be that we just don’t see it.

Q: What do you hope readers “take away” after they read this novel? What types of emotions or thoughts do you hope to evoke from them?

A: Hope. A feeling of being surrounded by loving care and belonging just as they are.

Q: The Odawa tribe, which is featured in the book, were native to Canada and Michigan. Have you done much research about the tribes? How did you feature the tribe in the book?

A: The main character’s best friend Derek is from the Odawa tribe local to the area where Peter’s family has been living since 1865, and it’s his uncle he takes Peter to when he sees he is in trouble after accidentally killing a girl. It’s this Uncle Lou, a pipe carrier or spiritual leader for the tribe, who tells Peter he needs to live by the shores of Lake Michigan until it speaks to him. I read everything I could find about the history of the tribes and their culture and myths while researching this novel, but a lot of information is kept private within the tribe. I contacted the band of Odawa living in the area where Music of Sacred Lakes is set and someone very graciously answered some of my questions about the tribe’s culture and lifestyle. I was also lucky to find an Ojibwe linguist in my own town who would help me proof some details in my novel. (Ojibwe is a brother tribe to the Odawa and the languages and history are intertwined.) This gave me a bit more confidence that I wasn’t going to make any huge mistakes writing this novel, but the more I learned the more I realized how complex the culture and beliefs were.

Q: Is the lake in your novel Lake Michigan or Lake Huron? How many novels do you think could be penned just by looking out at a lake and clearing your mind? Lakes offer so much depth, pun intended. Do you find beauty, solace, and stories at the lake?

A: Lake Michigan. And oh my I could write forever looking out over Lake Michigan in particular. I think readers will see how much I love the lake by reading the novel. The lake itself is a character in this book, and I had no problem coming up with a new image to describe the lake every single moment Peter looks out over the water throughout the book or listens to the waves. The lake is like that, always changing, always bringing you some new insight or sense of freedom.

Q: Your life is busy, how have you found time to write novels such as these that seem to take a lot of internal reflection and deep thinking? I’d love to be able to write on this wavelength, but the voices of a million things to do with the kids and work and life seem to stifle my thoughts. How do you do it? Advice?

A: I honestly am always thinking on speculative, metaphysical and spiritual topics and have been told most of my life that it’s boring or that it’s arrogant to think that I’m capable of thinking deeply on these things. I finally had to decide that I believed I was capable of this, because I really can’t help myself. This is what I love about life. And when my brain or my heart get going on these topics, the stories just explode inside my head, or start to unfold slowly and then accelerate, and I have to write to keep up. It’s still accelerating now that I’m investing in my writing, and it’s a little startling sometimes to see all this stuff in my head rolling out onto paper. It’s only a fraction of what’s going through my mind, but it’s quickly turning into a whole library of work!

Q: You’ve described yourself as a literary imaginative novelist, or an American Fabulist. Can you talk about this a little and describe what that means for readers?

A: The main features of my work are that it is high-concept, meaning I’m exploring really deep topics of speculation about how the world works. And it’s imaginative, because if I write fantasy I’m often making up my own monsters or putting two concepts together into something new, not writing about existing fantasy creatures like elves or dragons. So I’ll take you down a lot of different paths with my stories, but it will hopefully always be something that is important to you and really resonates with you, and it will always be imaginative and new.

Q: What are your hopes for yourself as a novelist? We can be humble, but we all aspire. What are your aspirations, goals, dreams?

A: There are so many things I can’t control about my success, so I focus my goals on things I think I can accomplish. I would like to be the most prolific and imaginative American Fabulist in history. Of course my real dream is to connect with as many readers as possible and for my stories to mean something to someone who is hurting and needs some hope and love or a world to escape into where they can be happy. I had my first glimpse of this when I released my first novel, The Little Seer, last year. Two people wrote to me and told me the book changed their lives. Even if I didn’t already write for the love of it, that would have made five years of work worth it, for me.

Q: What authors do you like yourself? What authors have served as inspiration for you? What are some of your favorite books?

A: I love Italo Calvino, who wrote literary fantasy. Jorge Luis Borges, the king of magical realism. I love the new fairy tales coming out these days, written by Eowyn Ivey, Kate Bernheimer or Ekaterina Sedia, and anything speculative or imaginative and spiritual at the same time. I love Victorian or Puritan ghost stories about priests, for obvious reasons. Some of my favorite books include Charles de Lint’s Memory & Dream, in which art is sentient, Robert Holdstock’s Mythago Wood about a layered magical wood of mythic creatures, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods since it opened up this world of contemporary fantasy mixed with world myths to me. And Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland is the most amazing story on so many levels.

Q: Are you making a conscious decision to self-publish your books? Can you talk about that and what your thoughts are on this?

A: Yes, it was a tough decision because publishing is in a huge transition right now, but ultimately I discovered that traditional publishing couldn’t offer me the things they used to, and that contract terms were so bad they could sometimes stop an author’s career in its tracks. Even though I met some amazing people in the process of making this decision, I had to go it alone in the end just so I could keep my career moving forward. As a self-published author I can publish six books a year, as quickly as I can write and edit them, I can control how quickly I get my covers designed, hire any help I need, and so on. I hope someday to find partners to help me get my work out and scale up my career even further, but for now the only way to write what I want and not get bogged down in bottlenecks is to do it all myself, and I actually enjoy that process so it’s very satisfying.

Q: Also are you crazy publishing such an unheard of amount of books in the next one to two years? How are you doing this? What is your plan? How many books do you actually having coming out and what are they about?

A: I have six books coming out this year starting with Music of Sacred Lakes, everything from new fairytales about portals between worlds to a young adult fantasy world in which dreams balloon into a new reality that threatens to roll up the world like a scroll, and a paranormal psychological thriller about an ex-ballerina running away from an abusive marriage while trying to figure out if she’s possessed. It all follows the same supernatural spiritual lines of the rest of my work but dips into many different genres.

I’m publishing this quickly because readers now consume books like they do movies, binge reading whole backlists, and because this really is how quickly I need to work to keep up with myself. I have three books I’m editing over the next few months in parallel, and I already have four more books I want to write noodling around in my head. My idea file must have close to 200 ideas in it, and growing. Yes, I’m probably crazy, but hopefully the interesting kind of crazy.

Q: Where can readers and authors connect with you? Where can they purchase your books? 

A: All my work comes out first on Amazon and Kindle (you can find Music of Sacred Lakes here [ http://www.amazon.com/Music-Sacred-Lakes-Laura-Cowan/dp/1494711427/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1397568590&sr=8-2&keywords=laura+k.+cowan ] ), but I will be releasing many of my books to other e-book retailers soon, and you can always order my work in any bookstore or request it be ordered by your local library. I’m on Facebook [ http://www.facebook.com/laurakcowannovelist ] and Twitter (@laurakcowan) as well as Pinterest and Goodreads as Laura K. Cowan. And I blog at http://www.laurakcowan.com.

Erin: I’m always so happy to learn of your work and feature you on the blog, Laura, my friend. Best wishes to you with all your pursuits and we’ll be here to inform our readers about all your fabulous novels as they publish. I love watching all this blossom for you.

Laura: Thank you so much! I really appreciate all your support. Best of luck to you with everything as well!

Music of Sacred Lakes, Synopsis~

musicofsacredlakesbookcoverfrontPeter Sanskevicz doesn’t belong anywhere. He doesn’t want the sixth-generation family farm his great great-grandfather unwittingly stole from its Odawa owners, and can’t continue his jobs serving “fudgies,” tourists in Northern Michigan who seem more at home than he is. He can’t seem to take charge of things or do anything but make a mess. Then, Peter accidentally kills a girl.

Seeing his life is at risk, his friend takes him to his uncle, a pipe carrier of the Odawa tribe, who tells him he must live by the shores of Lake Michigan until the lake speaks to him. Peter lives and loves and rages by the shores of the great lake, haunted by its rich beauty, by strange images and sounds that begin to pursue him through his waking and sleeping hours, and by the spirit of the dead girl, who seems to be trying to help him. One day, he finally finds an inner silence. And then, he hears what the lake has to say to him. A story about reconnecting with the source of your life and your joy, Music of Sacred Lakes gives voice to the spirit of the land and lakes that gave birth to us all.

With this second and astonishingly sophisticated novel, Dreaming Novelist Laura K. Cowan cements her reputation as one of the most imaginative new American Fabulists, a writer of spiritually-oriented magical realism, literary fantasy, and visionary fiction in the line of Alice Hoffman, Ursula K. Le Guin, or Paulo Coelho, but characterized by an electric mix of lyrical language, an evocative sense of place, and quick-moving narrative that harkens back to a time when literary fiction was served up raw and ghost stories weren’t told for their sad and scary parts.

Available April 26, 2014 in Paperback and Ebook

Author Laura K. Cowan, Biography~

laura-k-cowan-headshotLaura K. Cowan writes imaginative stories that explore the connections between the spiritual and natural worlds. Her work has been compared to that of acclaimed fantasy and sci-fi authors Ursula K. Le Guin and Ray Bradbury, but her stark and lovely stories retain a distinctly spiritual flavor.

Laura’s debut novel The Little Seer was a top 5 Kindle Bestseller for free titles in Christian Suspense and Occult/Supernatural, and was hailed by reviewers and readers as “riveting,” “moving and lyrical.” Her second novel, a redemptive ghost story titled Music of Sacred Lakes, and her first short story collection, The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen, received rave reviews. Laura’s short stories also appear in a number of anthologies, including the charity anthology Shades of Fear, and the upcoming historical horror anthology Sins of the Past, the rather ridiculous soon-to-come PANTS! anthology, and the completely absurd upcoming Faery Tale Therapy.

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A Chat with Laura K. Cowan, Author of The Little Seer, on Supernatural Spiritual Fiction

Hi Laura! Welcome to Oh, for the Hook of a Book! We are so pleased to have the pleasure of speaking with you about your break-out novel, The Little Seer.

Thank you so much! It’s really my privilege.

Let’s get started….

img_0072_2_2Q:  What is The Little Seer, your speculative supernatural novel, about?

A:   The Little Seer is about a young girl who discovers, through prophetic nightmares of the destruction of her church, that God is not who everyone told her he is, and neither is she. It is a waking dream–a novel of symbolic dreamscapes, teleportation, and angels and demons fighting over a girl’s destiny–but it’s also a story about discovering the importance of your life, and learning how to love through great pain.

Q:   How did you come to write The Little Seer?

A:   I have always had vivid dreams, but when I was about eight years old, I had a dream that I was in a classroom, and there was a conversation going on in front of me. Sometime later, I was in my classroom, and that exact conversation began to play out. It happened more than once, even into high school, and it rocked my ideas about what was possible in the world. I grew up with a resulting feeling that the way I experienced the world didn’t fit with other people’s experience, and I dealt with quite a bit of rejection and bullying, which left me terrified that God was secretly angry with me too.

But when I was a teenager I was literally flattened to the floor with a vision at the Toronto Blessing Revival in Canada, in which God revealed to me that the rejection and unforgiveness I had been carrying around my whole life was like a boulder on my back. He revealed Himself to me as extravagantly loving, and as I forgave one person at a time who had wronged me, the weight began to lift. I had to be carried out of the building, it was such a profound experience for me, and I was never the same again.

I also went through a church split on top of my wedding that split my new family down the middle and cost me most of my mentors. As autobiographical as it sounds, The Little Seer is not what happened to me at all, but I wanted to write a book that acknowledges the pain that people go through from spiritual abuse, and explore how someone could learn that they were loved after experiencing rejection.

seer-final-front-v2Q:   The publishing of The Little Seer is unique, yet following in line with a new type of publishing I’ve been seeing…launching part by part, each with a different name. Can you tell us about that, why you chose it, and finally how you think it has worked?

A:   Well for this project that was an easy decision, because the novel naturally divides into three parts, each with its own story arc, but each fitting into the larger story. I knew that as an indie author my only real chance to get my work out there would be to give people a way to experience it at very low risk, so I made the first novella, Exodus, free for five days after launch, and before I knew it, thousands of people were reading my story, and it was climbing the bestseller lists for free titles on Amazon.

Q:  What accolades has The Little Seer already accomplished that you are excited about?

A:   Most awards and even reviews are closed to me as an indie author, though I can see that changing in just a few years with the way publishing is evolving. So my focus is on what readers think, and how many people are finding and reading The Little Seer.

Because of my launch promotion, The Little Seer shot to #2 on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller list for free Christian Suspense titles, and #5 in Occult/Supernatural. And despite its controversial content, readers began to give the book mostly 4- and 5-star reviews, saying it was riveting from beginning to end, and that if you don’t know you are loved, read this book. I can’t think of any better accolades than that. Even a blogger reviewing the book on this blog tour told me the book touched her on a very personal level. I’m so grateful right now, just that people are giving me a chance.

Q: Where do you hope the novel goes from here?

A:   Because it’s an indie title and I’m just starting my career, word of mouth is really going to have to drive this thing. I hope people enjoy the story in its own right, but it does have the potential to mean something to someone who needs to know the value of their life, so if the story speaks to people, I’m hoping they will join The Aria Project, which is something I set up on laurakcowan.com to give people ideas on how they can help me spread the word.

Q:  What do you hope readers take away with them from you book after they complete reading it?

A:   Life is more than meets the eye, and so are you.

Q:  What kinds of readers do you feel will enjoy your book?

A:   Spiritual seekers of any kind will love this book, but I think it also appeals to the child in all of us that loved adventure stories and imaginative tales of things that sparkled in the darkness and spoke of destiny.

Q: How do the words supernatural and speculative fit into religion? I’m guessing some would think those words don’t….

A:  Yes, it’s very controversial. The Bible is a supernatural book, filled with teleportation and miracles, symbolic visions of the apocalypse and talking animals, but there’s something about Western culture that has stripped Christianity, and some other religions as well, of their awareness of the mystical nature of life and faith.

Speculative novels just ask the question “What if?” What if the world doesn’t work quite the way we think it does? And in that way, speculative supernatural novels are more religious than some modern expressions of religion. It’s a blind spot of Western culture, in my opinion, possibly caused by the need to filter everything through rational and empirical processes in order to accept it as part of life. Too bad life doesn’t fit in our boxes, and neither does religion.

Q:  Is this book only for the religious? Those of Christian faith? Why or why not?

A:   I hope not. I think this book has a lot more to say about relationship and love than anything else. I kept hesitating to publish the book, because I wanted to make sure I had rooted out as much preachiness as I could, and just left enthusiasm for loving people back to wholeness. I’m sure it’s not perfect, but the early reviews are really encouraging me that I succeeded on some level in getting the real message of compassion across, and that transcends religions.

Q:  What kinds of novels do you like? What writers inspire you?

A:   Oh wow, what a topic to get me started on! I love anything that sparkles with life, really, especially that twinkle you only catch out of the corner of your eye when the angel doesn’t think you’re looking at him.

Nature writing such as Ralph Waldo Emerson or the poetry of Juan Ramon Jimenez blows me away, because of its passion for the universe and the harmony of all things, and I grew up adoring spiritual fantasy writer Madeleine L’Engle as well as intellectual mystery writers like Agatha Christie or writers with a witty edge like Mark Twain. Hemingway is a huge favorite because of his vivid descriptions that are so face-slappingly efficient.

But of course supernatural novels are my first love, especially literary ones like Thornton Wilder’s. I read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness as a kid and knew I would always be looking for more books with angels and demons, and with the veil to the spiritual pulled back to give the reader a peek beyond the everyday.

cropped-seer-final-v-2013-frontQ: Have you written any other novels? What are you working on for the future?

A:   I’m excited about my second novel Music of Sacred Lakes, which is about a young man in crisis whose redemption comes through the haunting of a girl he accidentally kills and through the voice of Lake Michigan speaking to him about his connection to the land that birthed him. It’s a weird and wonderful story about reconnecting with your life and the source of your joy, and I can’t wait to offer it to the world.

I’m also working on a speculative short story collection called The Thin Places: Supernatural Tales of the Unseen, which takes 30 different “What if?” questions about how the physical and spiritual worlds interact and spins them in all different directions. It’s me letting my hair down and really having fun with some fascinating stories–everything from portals to time juxtapositions to fairy tales.

Q: What is your writing process like? How do you find the time to fit it in?

A:   Oh, goodness. I’m a mother of a preschooler, a wife, a (very) part-time journalist, and I’m launching this career as a novelist. My experience as an editor helps me keep everything organized, so for instance I have a notebook recording checklists of edits for each project I’m working on. If I can break things down like that into a series of tasks, I can do anything I need to even in the midst of a busy life. But my writing process really amounts to doing my best to relax and give myself space to dream. As Madeleine L’Engle used to say (maybe I’m paraphrasing?), you had it all in the beginning. You have only forgotten how to walk on water.

Q:  What has been your biggest challenge on your book journey?

A:   Balance. I don’t know if any mom ever gets it right, if there is any such thing anymore, but for me, a person who has struggled with workaholism and perfectionisms and all the -isms you can think of that tie a person up in anxiety, the key is believing that there will be enough time and energy for me to take care of myself and everyone else, and still do the work. It’s a struggle, every day.

Q: What is the thing you’ve been celebrating about the most?

A:   I have the great privilege of seeing my work reach people before I made any money at it because of the free book launch promotion, and it was that night that 3,000 people downloaded my book that I realized I already had what I wanted, and the money didn’t matter so much. Not everyone has the opportunity to sort out their motives so clearly and prove to themselves that their heart is in the work itself. That’s really a gift.

Q: Are you self-published or have a publisher? Explain the process to that, either way.

A:   Technically Amazon is my publisher, but I’m the modern indie author for the moment, using tools to put out books largely on my own. I had the cover designed for The Little Seer, but everything else is me, from beginning to end. But these days that’s not so hard. It helps that I have editorial experience and writer friends who can give me great feedback on my books, but the technology for getting a book into the world has never been more accessible. I may not always be an indie author, but right now I’m playing it by ear. It has never been a better way to start.

Q: You seem to be taking the marketing tactic of building a community, much like Ted Dekker (one of my favorite authors). Are you modeling this concept? Why or why not, or if similar, why unique?

A:   All I really want to do with my books beyond entertain people is to connect with them, and encourage them to engage with their spirituality. I think that happens powerfully in a community. I don’t care if it centers on me or my work or just the ideas that draw people together. It’s the community that counts.

Q: Where can readers contact and/or interact with you?

A:   I post all news to my website laurakcowan.com, and people can always email me directly at laurakcowan [at] gmail.com. I love to hear people’s stories, so please feel free to say hello.

Thanks, Laura! I wish you much more successful momentum on your book and your thoughts. I hope to talk to you again further in the future!

I hope so, too. Thank you for having me!

The Little Seer, Synopsis~

seer-final-front-v2A young girl wakes from a dream that a tornado destroyed her church and her pastor ordered crows to peck out her eyes, only to discover deep cuts on her arms where she was attacked. Soon her dreams begin unfolding in her waking reality, her church and family begin to fall apart, and the only anchor of her sanity is a strange man who keeps appearing in her ever stranger dreams. What is happening to Aria? How is it that her dreams can tell the future? And why is her identity key in a spiritual battle raging over her church and town that could decide not only her fate and that of her friends, but that of the whole country or even the world? A story for the dreamers and the truth tellers, The Little Seer never averts its gaze from the tragedies and possibilities of modern American Christian spirituality, and provides a vision for the hope of another great spiritual awakening that could be just around the corner–if we have eyes to see.

Success and Reviews~

The Little Seer shot to #4 on the Kindle Bestsellers List for free Christian Suspense titles within 24 hours of publication during its launch promotion, and hit #2 in Christian Suspense for free Kindle titles and #5 for Occult/Supernatural within the first week.

People are calling The Little Seer “riveting from the beginning to the end,” and saying, “If you feel that you are not loved, read this book.”

And from a book reviewer on The Little Seer blog tour:

The Little Seer by Laura Cowan is a high-intensity, no holds barred, we-are-coming-to-get-you thriller that will open your eyes to more than you can ever imagine. It will make you think twice about what you think you see, and it will not easily let you go….The love and compassion that flows from the pages of this book will revitalize even the coldest and hardest of hearts…. This story touched me deeply on a very personal level…. It broke my heart that someone gathered bits and pieces of such a haunting, hurtful, and yet valuable part of my life and then artfully weaved them into such a thought-provoking journey that I felt so ashamedly naked but also overwhelmingly loved.”

Formats Available

The Little Seer paperback

The Little Seer Kindle e-book

The Little Seer Kindle e-book novella trilogy: Exodus, Desert, & Midnight

GIVEAWAY on LAURA’S WEBSITE!

Follow this link to the book giveaway on Laura’s site, and read the instructions at the bottom of the blog post to enter for your chance to win a signed copy of The Little Seer for yourself or a friend! Thanks, Laura!

The Little Seer book giveaway

Laura K. Cowan, Biography~

laura-k-cowan-headshotLaura K. Cowan writes richly imaginative supernatural novels exploring an enduring love of spirituality, nature and dreams. Join her as she delves into the issues raised in her books, such as the relationship between music and the land we come from, the nature of the spiritual world, and the power of a human life lived truly.

Laura wrote her first story, about a mouse’s theft of an automated grocery cart, at the age of eight, about the same age she saw her first glimpses of the future: simple clips of classroom life that played themselves out verbatim in experiences that rocked her ideas about time, prophecy, and the possibilities of the world. She was a sensitive child, knowing early on her mystical experiences of the world didn’t match those of the people around her, and she became increasingly isolated, trying to earn approval through achievements and perfectionism. Bullies plagued her from childhood, when a journal entry she had written about wanting people to love her for who she was was held up in front of the entire seventh grade and ridiculed. She stopped being able to write.

Laura was paralyzed with fear that God was secretly angry with her, too. But she met God in a vision at the Toronto Blessing Revival in the 90s in her early teens, in which he revealed himself to be extravagantly loving, dramatically shifting her experience of spirituality and beginning her healing, as well as further revealing the world of angels and demons to her. Even this experience didn’t quite reach the depth of her pain, and Laura still suffered another decade with an anxiety disorder and increasingly severe migraines.

She was married at age 20 to her childhood sweetheart in the midst of a church split that divided her new family and cost her most of her mentors. Laura had seen the split coming, through prophetic symbolic dreams, but even she could not have foreseen that, through a process of drawing her out of her situation and to himself, God was preparing her to go back and help others. Laura found her healing in stages. After a long process of learning to evaluate alternative remedies for her migraines and learning an enormous amount about healing, spirituality and mysticism that was missing from modern Western culture, she was healed of migraines through the hands-on prayer of new church friends. Then, through another series of encounters, she learned to set boundaries and deal with the bullies in her life, and she had finally found her bravery. She came back to her first love, writing, and discovered that a great deal of her pain had come when she cut herself off from the people who hurt her early in life. Asking God what he could do to heal this early decision to be self-sufficient, Laura heard the words, “I will raise this one myself.” And so he had.

A lifelong dreamer and modern Christian mystic, Laura draws from subconscious depths to bring the things we believe are impossible, spiritually and physically, into the world in a literal way, to bring her experiences of the supernatural into the natural and help others come to see their infinite worth and the exquisite possibilities that exist in a world in which the supernatural is part of the natural order of things. Her mission is healing, truth, and love for a world gone mad for lack of them. Laura’s stories quite simply open the door to let heaven through, often in unexpected ways, to bless people to come into the fullness of their own lives.

Laura has worked for years as an accomplished writer and editor in genres such as green tech, green parenting, and automotive media, and has been called one of the best copy editors in the business by multiple colleagues, including late mentor David E. Davis, Jr., whom TIME Magazine called “the Dean of Automotive Journalism.” She is the founder of popular green parenting blog 29 Diapers, author of Ecofrugal Baby: How To Save 70% Off Baby’s First Year, and Road Test Editor for Inhabitat, the web’s largest green design blog. Laura’s work has appeared in Automobile Quarterly as well as on numerous parenting sites including BabyCenter, EcoMom, and Inhabitots. She has nearly 1,000 articles and blog posts to her credit, but is now happy to be able to pursue her dream of writing fiction full-time. She lives in Michigan with her husband and her 3-year-old daughter, who is already dictating her first stories to her to be published on construction paper. You can find her on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/LauraKCowan and LinkedIn, or connect with her at laurakcowan[at]gmail.com or on her website LauraKCowan.com.

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