Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting: Paranormal 101

We all know paranormal romance is (still) the leading genre in YA.  There’s no shortage of books and shows: The X-Files; Ghost Hunters (TAPS); Destination Truth; Ghost Adventures; Ghost Lab; Fact or Faked; Monster Quest; and my personal favorite, Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal. (They would have a field day with Violet from Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead!)

So, how much do you know about the paranormal? There are many classifications of psychics, which got me wondering, what kind is Violet? She senses “echoes” of dead animals and people whose lives are cut short. These echoes can be strange visual auras, smells, tastes, sounds or even strong physical pulls.

To find out, I turned to expert and all-around good-guy Bryan Whatley, director of Ghost Hunters of the South, based in Mobile, Alabama. His specialty is psychic mediums. (He also writes paranormal poetry!)

Here’s how he explained the different categories:

Bryan Whatley

clairaaudio = hearing
clairvoyant = seeing
clairsentient = feeling of emotions (empathic)
clairessence = smells
channeler = lets people talk through them to others
pyschometry = touch
medium = talks to those who pass on
pyschic = ability to see in the future or events for people or things

Sometimes people only possess one ability, or mostly they can posses several.”

That would make/give Violet: clairaaudio, clairvoyant, clairsentient, clairessence and pyschometry, among other things. Pretty cool, huh?

For the comments, have you ever experienced any of the above? What other books are you reading that feature characters with psychic abilities?

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