Dr. Marie Bartek's life has been uneventful as the local veterinarian on Sullivan's
, until her ability to see spirits returns after eighteen years. After confiding in her best friend and realizing their interests in the paranormal, they organize a paranormal investigation team called Sullivan's Island Paranormal Society, SIPS. Marie learns to channel her ability through the help of one of the team members, but not before learning the spirits are trying to warn her about the murders taking place on Sullivan's Island, SC Island. Sullivan's Secret captivates the reader with murder, suspense, and the world of the paranormal.
I'm excited to welcome the star protagonist of Sullivan’s Secret – Dr. Marie Bartek. Thanks for agreeing to sit down with me for this interview. Without further delay let's go!
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
· I’d love to travel to
to see where my ancestors lived and especially to learn about my spirit guide who was of French descent. France
Tell us about your family.
· I grew up in
and my parents, Paul and Helen Bartek still live there. My oldest brother, Edward, is a teacher and living in Rhode Island . My other older brother, Warren, is a retired Marine pilot living in North Carolina . Texas
What was the scariest moment of your life?
· When my ability to see spirits came back after squelching it since I was twelve years old. My abilities have increased and I continue to develop new ways to communicate with the other side.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
· What I am now, a veterinarian. I have always loved animals and love helping them. I guess I was destined to help animals, as well as people.
What are you passionate about these days?
· I am most passionate about my psychic ability and continuing to control and develop it. I now understand why I was given this gift. The other thing I am passionate about is our paranormal investigative group called Sullivan’s Island Paranormal Society, SIPS. We have acquired a professional reputation and have helped so many of our clients with answers to their paranormal issues. Oh, and we seem to have the capability of helping solve crimes.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
· I love to swim. I live on the
beach of Sullivan’s Island, so when the weather is right I swim in the ocean. I have an indoor lap pool to use when the weather doesn’t cooperate.
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?
· I actually feel I’m a bit of an introvert and my best friend, Gale Winters, does as well. She has helped me stretch my confidence to become more of an extravert. I think this all stemmed from me seeing spirits as a child. When I realized I could see and talk to spirits everyone thought I was weird or crazy, so I just learned to keep all my “secrets” to myself and never really learned to trust anyone for fear of rejection.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
· I would have to say the best advice that has stuck with me was from my very dear friend and mentor Myra Cummings. She too is a psychic and a member of SIPS. She has helped me to accept my ability. She told me that being a psychic was a gift and that having it didn’t make me odd or eccentric and that I was blessed to help others in ways not understood by skeptics. I no longer feel the need to squelch my psychic ability and now embrace each new area that develops as I continue to grow from within.
Robin Murphy was born in the small coal mining town of Windber, Pennsylvania and remembers a wonderful childhood with her parents and two older brothers.
She has worked in the administrative field over the last thirty years and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. She is currently employed as an Administrative Associate at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Robin has four children – two daughters, Jennifer and Sue, and two sons, Michael and Nathan – and three granddaughters – Tessa, Anna, and Abigail, with a fourth grandson on the way.
She and her husband, Bob were married in Sharpsburg, MD in 1998 by local historian, Rev. John Schildt. After falling in love with the town, they decided to move to Sharpsburg three years later. In 2002, they bought a log home, circa 1783, and continue to restore the fourteen-room house. It’s been a true labor of love.
Even though Robin has to squeeze her writing into creative times of the day, it is during those moments she feels exhilarated and renewed. “There is no greater feeling than to have found my passion in writing.” She also finds time to swim and loves to travel.
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