Ghosts, spirits and the afterlife are phenomena which are talked about with mystery and wonder. For Carole Bromley, they are day-to-day occurrences.
The release of Bromley’s first book, The Living Spirit – One Woman’s Battle Against Ghosts, Spirits and the Afterlife , is timed to coincide with Halloween to allow for what she describes as “a double celebration”, and provides an autobiographical insight into her ability to communicate freely with the deceased.
“At the age of six I saw my first ghost, which I thought was normal”, Bromley said at the launch of her book on Friday. “When I was 11 I heard the most haunting voice I’ve ever heard, and it will live with me for the rest of my life. It told me to say goodbye to my sister, because she wouldn’t be coming back.
“The voice repeated itself twice, which made me nervous, but I put it down to my imagination. I should have believed those voices, because they rightly predicted my sister’s death. If I had known more about the paranormal back then, I would have said something, and I probably could have changed things. She died very soon after the voice spoke to me”.
Bromley believes that everyone can be taught to communicate with the deceased and does not claim to have a unique talent, given that thousands like her have claim to have seen ghosts and communicated with the dead. Her book, she says, is aimed both believers and sceptics.
“If people want to read the book and they are a sceptic, that’s fine. But a sceptic can’t be a sceptic until they know the subject. People can’t be sceptical of a subject they know nothing about”
The book, which is self published, took six years to write, due largely to Bromley’s fierce commitment to her job as Personal Secretary to her good friend Professor Ray Paul of Brunel University where she has worked for the last eight years.
“I needed to research and find out more about the paranormal, and my job means sometimes I get home very late at night”, said Bromley on the pressures of authorship, though she has no plans to give up the day job and claims that she “never saw herself as a writer”.
“I have evolved a lot in the last six years. I hope my story helps other people, and that what I have written about, people can associate with. It is knowledge I want to share with people”.