Monday, January 13, 2014

Essence by A.L. Waddington: Guest Post


by A.L. Waddington

 Throughout my undergrad studies in psychology, I took various courses on perception, motivation, mental health disorders, and neuroscience to name a smidge of them. I found them extremely intriguing, how the brain processes information and uses that data to build a unique perception of the world around us. I wrote numerous research papers on Schizophrenia and the effects caused by the disorder.

When I first began writing Essence and the concept of Essence Voyager Era (EVE) I had to find a way to make the series plausible. In order to do so I had to link it with something common yet well hidden at the same time. Thanks to my social psychology professor, we had been enlightened to the obvious decline of the familial structure. Things that we think of as commonplace, such as divorce and distance amongst families were unheard of a mere fifty years ago. I pulled my research from the wide array of training throughout my undergrad studies and combined it with the often humorous antidotes brought about by my three teenage children and the constant presence of their many friends.

Utilizing all my resources, my series theorizes that with the inherited gift of EVE the individual possess the ability to live parallel lives on two separate planes of existence. Jocelyn discovers that throughout childhood and early adolescence, a barrier remains intact at the conscious level to prevent awareness of the other life from crossing each other. However, during late adolescence to early adulthood, the barrier between the two worlds begins to disintegrate causing the auditory and visual hallucinations of their other life to break into conscious awareness of which she experiences herself. These classic symptoms once recognized by a family member(s) who also have the gift, were throughout history, then guided by that family member(s) to adjusting to the disintegration of the barrier and full conscious awareness of living dual existences.  Unfortunately with the decline in extended familial structure, family member(s) with the inherited gift are more often than not no longer present when the symptoms appear and therefore the individual is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

As the series progresses further information is shared and unveiled amongst extended family members. Hypothesis related to evidence hiding in plain sight are brought to light by an unlikely individual whom no one realized had the gift as well. It brings about new light and opens a whole realm of possibilities as to where the EVE series can venture and hopefully entice my readers.

SYNOPSIS of Essence, Book 1 in EVE series
ISBN for Essence: 978-1-62015-205-8

Our minds often wander, but can our souls?
Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.
Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.
Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.
Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

A.L. Waddington completed her undergraduate studies at University of Texas Dallas and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis with a BS in Psychology. Angela and her husband, Ty, have a son, two daughters, a puppy, and an oversized cat.  They reside in Indiana.


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“A. L. Waddington has taken the basics of the human psyche and creatively morphed them into a narrative that is both familiar and jarring. Like Jocelyn, the reader is thrust back and forth between stable reality and uncertain fantasy. Waddington uniquely captures the tumultuous nature of adolescence: the maddening taste of first love, the conflicting urges of youth and maturity, the tortured struggle for one’s identity. Young readers will instantly relate to the challenges faced by the characters in ‘Essence’.” Kevin Rand, PhD , Department of Psychology, Purdue School of Science, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
“It was Captivating! Essence is so much more than your typical boy meets girl story. Don’t miss…” Cynthia Hensley, YA author and Silver Medalist with Independent Book Publishers Association, the Benjamin Franklin Award, in Category of New Voice for “Echoes of Pemberley’.
“A. L. Waddington’s book is unique and interesting with characters I can relate to!”~Caitlin A. Janus, Avon Middle School South, Eight Grade
“This is an entertaining book that captures the spirit of youth and makes you wonder if there is more to those moments of déjà vu than you thought.”~Patricia Clark, PhD, Biology Department, Purdue School of Science, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
“A very interesting look into our perception of reality and what happens when things suddenly are not what they seem. The world Jocelyn thinks she knows changes dramatically with the realization that she actually is living two different, but interconnected lives, in different times. As the boundaries between her two realities begin to crumble, she begins to question her own sanity. While reading the novel, one begins to ask the same question, ‘What exactly is our reality and how do we fit into the much larger scheme of things?’”~Bethany Neal-Beliveau, PhD, Psychology Department, Purdue School of Science, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.



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Andy Strain said...

Essence, the first book in the EVE series, is simply amazing! It has a unique take on time travel and there's no sci-fi involved. Funny, though, as it's the only way time travel could be possible without breaking many of our fundamental laws of science.

The book, at heart, is mainly a young adult romance novel. However, I'm 42 and enjoyed the book very much. I got an advanced reading copy of the book and can't wait for it to be published so I can read it again, with all the finishing touches added in.

Oh, and the ending, my, my.... it makes you want to rush out and buy the next book, Enlightened, in the series. Luckily, we don't have to wait long as April is only 3 months away.

Tammy O'Keefe said...

I absolutely loved Essence and was very intrigued by the dual realities. A.L. Waddington's blog above makes me want to read it again now that I know her theory! The relationship between Jackson and Jocelyn is so sweet! I can't wait to read Enlightened!