Reading is a series of human emotions. Writing is the gift of sharing these emotions.
John Russell has been a professional psychic for 50 years; Internationally known, he has provided psychic readings for clients in over 40 countries. He filmed a TV pilot for The History Channel in which he psychically explored the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
For over 15 years, John has been a popular featured guest, heard worldwide on many radio shows and podcasts. Over the last year and a half, he has been interviewed over 100 times, including appearances on: Coast to Coast AM with George Noory — The Unexplained with Howard Hughes (UK) — FATE Magazine Radio with Kat Hobson — Beyond Reality/Paranormal IRL with JV Johnson — Darkness Radio with Tim Dennis — The Leak Project with Rex Bear — Shifting the Paradigm with Cristina Gomez — Generation Zed Podcast with Dave Zed — The Unidentified Celebrity Review with Luis Jimenez; and many more.
John is also a featured presenter at the 2022 Paranormal, Magic & Ancient Folklore Conference.
His books have garnered endorsements from Uri Geller; George Noory of Coast to Coast AM; Phyllis Galde, Publisher of FATE Magazine; JV Johnson, host of: Paranormal IRL, Beyond Reality, The Independence Gang, and many other positive reviews.
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was in sixth or seventh grade and I began to write short stories for my own amusement, eventually showing them to my teachers (who encouraged me) and to my fellow students. I realized the power of the written word to communicate my thoughts and ideas and that set me on the path to eventual authorship.
2. How long does it take for you to write a book?
Usually six months to a year.
3. What inspires you to keep writing?
The positive feedback I get from my readers who tell me how helpful and inspiring my books are.
4. Which of your books is closest to your heart, and why?
My first book, “Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead,” because it was my achievement of becoming a published book author.
5. Do you have any suggestions to help new writers become better at what they do?
I’ll share with you something that I read long ago when reading an article about how famous writers practice their craft. The gist of the article was “Don’t wait for the muse to inspire you before you plant your butt in the chair and work.” Set a time to be at the keyboard every day and write the words, whether you feel inspired or not. The famous authors also stated that the more you show up, the more the muse shows up. I’ve found all of this advice to be true.
6. How do you deal with negative reviews?
I ignore them. I’ve discovered that most negative reviews are written by petty people with axes to grind who are trying to put someone else down and make themselves feel superior. I had someone leave a negative review for one of my books on Amazon who admitted that they hadn’t even read my book before posting the negative review! I looked at this person’s account and that was their thing, to leave negative reviews for every book they came across whether they had read it or not. I reported this to Amazon, and they took it down.
7. What is the most difficult part of your writing process?
Making the time. I have a very busy schedule, because I’m a full-time internationally known professional psychic/medium with a worldwide clientele; I’m a paranormal investigator; and I’m an author with two books in print and I’m writing my third, and now I’m also starting to be a featured presenter at online conferences. Plus, I’ve been interviewed over 100 times in the past year and a half. Carving out writing time becomes increasingly difficult, but I realize that I must make time for it.
8. What is your favorite and least favorite part of publishing?
My favorite part is seeing my book selling online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, etc. My least favorite part is the technical process itself: working with my publisher and editor for the editing and proofing before the book is finally ready to hit the market. It’s tedious, and I really have to discipline myself to sit down and grind through that process.
9. What is your latest book? Please tell us something about it.
My latest book (which I’m writing now) is titled “20 Ways to Increase Your Psychic Abilities,” and will lead a person by the hand step-by-step through the process of learning how to use 20 different techniques/methods to increase their psychic abilities, with a view toward using those abilities to improve the quality of their own life and the lives of others as well.
10. What inspired the idea for your latest book?
I’ve known since my youth that there is a lot of misinformation out there concerning the psychic and paranormal realm. I wanted to write a book that would enable people to cut through the misinformation, gobbledygook, and other wrong thinking that pervades the spiritual realm and get down to the basics of what works, and to present that information to them in a plain and simple manner that anyone could understand, use, and apply.
11. How much research did you need to do for your book?
All of my books are the products of a lifetime of experience and research.
12. What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?
I have this poster that adorns the wall of my office; it reads: “Write On.” I look at that and smile, because it gives me the inspiration to continue doing just that.
13. How do you celebrate when you finish a book?
Mexican food and a cold beer!
14. What risks have you taken with your writing that have paid off?
Entering book awards contests, including an international competition in which I received a Bronze Medal. So far, my books have won: a Gold Award; a Silver Award; a Bronze Medal; listed as a Top 100 Notable Indie; received Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Reviews; have been longlisted for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards; was a Quarterfinalist in the 2021 BookLife Prize Nonfiction Contest (Publishers Weekly); and have been endorsed by Uri Geller and George Noory of Coast to Coast AM.
15. To readers who haven’t read any of your books, which book would you first recommend and why?
“Riding with Ghosts, Angels, and the Spirits of the Dead.” It sets the tone for the books that follow and gives the reader a good introduction of me and my life experiences.
16. What message would you like to say to your readers?
“Thank you! I appreciate you investing in my books. Without you, there wouldn’t be any point in my continuing to write.” A book is not complete without a reader. The reader is an essential part of the process that leads to completion.
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