Deanna Kahler is an accomplished writer and proud mom. Her work has been published in numerous corporate newsletters and magazines across the country. She began writing as a young child and enjoys the opportunity to reach others and make a difference in their lives.
Echoes of Paradise is Deanna’s second book. Her first book, From Pain to Parenthood: A Journey Through Miscarriage to Adoption, details her difficult journey to motherhood and provides tips and resources for those facing similar circumstances.
Deanna holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., where she graduated with departmental honors. She lives with her husband and daughter in a Metro Detroit suburb, where she enjoys writing, dancing, walking, and visiting parks in her spare time.
For more information about the author, please visit www.deannakahler.com
Does Love Survive Death? When Celeste’s one true love Connor dies, she’s left with many questions and regrets. Caught in a web of painful memories from her troubled past – and a complicated marriage to a materialistic executive – she ventures into an unknown world.
What she experiences makes her more determined than ever to find out what really happens after death and what became of her lost love. Her journey takes her to places she never thought possible. But just around the corner, danger still lurks. Will she find the answers she seeks and ultimately discover the truth?
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I was inspired to write Echoes of Paradise after having some of my own paranormal experiences. When I was in college, I had an intense experience of overwhelming emotion while driving. It came out of the blue, and I had no idea why I was suddenly crying. I later found out that my aunt had passed away at the exact time of my outburst.
I also had a precognitive dream about my niece. My sister wasn’t even pregnant at the time, but somehow I got the baby’s name and physical description right.
Then several years later, I began noticing a series of bizarre coincidences after a friend died. At first, I dismissed them, but they continued for a very long time, and I started wondering if he was trying to communicate with me from beyond the grave. At that point, I asked him for a sign – a pink rose – to prove or disprove what was happening. About a week later, I found a pink fabric rose in the park under the picnic table bench I was about to sit on! I was stunned, shocked and definitely inspired. That amazing experience started me on an incredible journey that led to the creation of Echoes of Paradise.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me about six months to write the book.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
What I love most about writing is the opportunity to inspire others and touch their lives in some way. I also enjoy using my imagination and creativity to craft the perfect story.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
My least favorite thing about writing is when I get a sore neck from sitting at the computer too long. Too bad the writing process isn’t faster! Maybe I just need to learn when to take a break. Sometimes when you get deeply involved in your story, it’s hard to stop.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I’ve never had any desire to be famous. I’m an introvert, so being in the public eye makes me somewhat uncomfortable. I much prefer a small, private gathering with a few friends. However, if I had to pick someone, I would choose Oprah Winfrey. She’s confident, inspiring and comfortable being herself. I also love that she is such a positive role model for others. I could learn a thing or two from walking in her shoes for the day!
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I’m always checking expiration dates and discarding old food promptly, so you won’t find much that’s old in my fridge. However, I do have a bottle of cherry wine I received as a gift about 8 years ago. My husband and I don’t like cherries, so neither one of us has been compelled to try it.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I’m finishing up a children’s book called A Rare Gem, which I’m hoping to release by the end of this year. I would also love to write another paranormal romance book. Who knows, maybe I’ll even do a sequel to Echoes of Paradise. Stay tuned!