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February 27, 2013

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro: Stories Don't Come Easy, Even to Psychics

Since in real life I’m a phone psychic like Miriam, the heroine of Kaylee’s Ghost, you’d think that the book would just be channeled to me like a psychic reading. Some scenes definitely were, but I had to work hard at organizing everything, refining, and making choices over many drafts (and I don’t mean of beer). Initially I knew that Kaylee’s Ghost would be a story about life here on Earth and after we've passed on as well as a domestic drama spanning five generations, a tale about forgiveness, letting go and discovering who we are meant to be, no matter how unusual.

It took about a year of writing to nail down the plot and here it is:

Grandmother Miriam, thrilled that her granddaughter, Violet, seems to be psychic, wants nothing more than the chance to mentor her the way her own Russian grandmother had done with her. But Cara, Miriam’s daughter, a modern businesswoman who remembers all too well the downside of living with her psychic mother, digs in her heels. As things become more fractious in the family, Violet, a brilliant and sensitive child, is torn between her mother and grandmother, until Miriam’s gift backfires, bringing terrible danger to those she loves. Can Miriam put things right in time, or is it already too late?

Through Miriam, I show how visions arise in a psychic’s mind.  While Miriam mentors Violet, she also mentors the reader.  

This is what Dana Kennedy, MSNBC correspondent and New York Times contributing writer said of Kaylee’s Ghost:

“A real-life psychic, Shapiro paints an unforgettable picture of a wife and mother who inherited her "bubbie's" gift.  Filled with characters so memorable, you expect them to come to dinner.”

Hope you read Kaylee’s Ghost during breakfast, lunch, and supper.

About the Author:

Articles have been written about Rochelle Jewel Shapiro’s psychic gift in such places as Redbook, The Jerusalem Post, the Dutch Magazine, TV GID, and the Long Island section of the New York Times. She’s chronicled her own psychic experiences in Newsweek (My Turn), and The New York Times (Lives) which can be read on her website at

Her first novel, Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster) was nominated for the Harold U. Ribelow Award. Besides her psychic practice, Shapiro teaches writing at UCLA Extension.
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  1. a modern businesswoman who remembers all too well the downside of living with her psychic mother, digs in her heels.

  2. I wonder how difficult must it be for psychics. I've known a Metro Detroit psychic and he's been putting up to his name incredibly so far, although his limits are yet to be tested.