Author Richard LaPlante: Paranormal inspirations for the book “Last Day”

 It’s a rare treat to get inside an author’s head and find the true inspiration for one of his works, so I’m honored to be sharing the thoughts of “Last Day” author Richard LaPlante in his own words.


Inspirations for the “Last Day”

by Richard LaPlante

Have you had paranormal experiences? Mine go back to my childhood. But one of the most vivid happened when I was nineteen years old, a student at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. I had the dream. Not just any dream; this one was more vivid than real life. I was in my grandmother’s bedroom, it was dark, and she was lying in her bed, wearing a blue silk nightgown.

I knew the room well. I’d napped in that bed many times as a child growing up. But this time, I seemed to be floating above her bed, and something was missing from grandma. Her flesh. Yes, she was a skeleton. On the verge of panic, I was rescued by a big African-American man floating beside me. He took my hand and began singing, like a lullaby, soft and soothing. But my grandma, why did she look like that?

I woke up in a sweat. Checked the time; it was 3 a.m. Thought of calling home, worried that something had happened to my beloved grandmother. I waited till seven in the morning, then phoned. No, they said Grandma was okay, just suffering from a mild flu, but just fine. I relaxed but could not put the dream out of my mind. Two weeks—to the day—later I received the phone call from my dad, telling me that Grandma had died unexpectedly in her bed, in her sleep.

When, months later, I told my grandfather about my dream, he was stunned. Not only about my premonition but by the other figure in my dream. Because my grandparents house had once been owned by a big African-American man—a blacksmith—and he had died on the attic stairs, next to Grandma’s room. He’d been known in the community for his wonderful singing voice, and had sung in the church choir.

For years I have pondered . . . Why did I have this dream? How could I have seen this man? And how could I have known something was wrong? Impossible. Yet, it happened. I researched and read. Quantum physics, Near Death Experiences. Are we all interconnected? Is time truly linear? Is the human brain the creator of consciousness or its filter?

That dream gave me an impetus for an inquiry that has lasted a lifetime and inspired my book Last Day. I really hope you enjoy it. And if you’ve had some paranormal experiences, or want to talk about things that happen in the book, I’d love to hear from you.

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About the Author

Richard LaPlante is the author of the popular Fogarty-Tanaka series of crime fiction novels as well as three memoirs. Last Day is his first paranormal thriller and explores his longtime interest in human consciousness and the Near Death Experience. A musician and lifelong student of martial arts, Richard lives with his two sons in the sunny mountains of Ojai, CA and is a founding director of an independent publishing company, Escargot Books, where he blogs regularly.
Currently, Richard is also working on Hog Fever, an Ear Movie — a movie without pictures — based upon his motorcycle memoir Hog Fever and starring Academy Award nominee Terence Stamp, produced by Grammy award winner Greg Penny and directed by British rock icon Kevin Godley.

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