How did Laura get the idea to write a book about group reincarnation and rock music?
Laura did not come up with the idea. She had a spiritual awakening one night in January 2002, where she "knew" she'd write a book that had a significant impact on the people of her generation. It left her in a state of bliss for months, and numerous synchronistic events unfolded which began to give her insights and as to how music and sound influence our perception of reality.
Wow. That sounds kind of intense. Why would anyone want to read this book?
Don’t let the concept intimidate you. It’s actually a humorous exploration of how you can use sound, even rock music, to help you understand yourself more fully. It’s a journey of self-discovery. If you’ve ever wondered why you are so enthralled with music or a particular band or performing artist, this might help shed some light on the reasons why. Many people have found they go on their own journey of self-discovery by reading her adventure. So, if you’re looking for a unique take on how music can influence your mind and soul on a very deep level, check out the book.
Why isn't the name of the band ever mentioned?
The band is refered to as TBIF, "The Band I Followed," for several reasons. This book is about Laura's spiritual journey through rock music and by not naming the band outright, it makes her journey more universal. One doesn't need to be a fan of the band, or even be a rock music fan in order to enjoy her book, because the healing power of music can come through any genre based upon what a listener resonates with.
Laura has never met or spoken to the band. She personally doesn't know them, nor do they know her, so by referring to the band members as "the guitarist" or "the lead singer," it reflects the lack of personal contact she's had with them.
What’s Laura’s background? Why is she qualified to write such a book?
Her interest in spirituality and metaphysics started in childhood, but really didn’t take-off until she left her career in radio research to try fashion modeling. (Don’t ask; it was something she had to get out of her system). She took a part-time job at a health club and a co-worker handed her Shirley MacLaine’s “Out on a Limb” one day. That book woke Laura up, and from then on her life’s path focused on exploring the inner-realms of human consciousness.
Laura has worked in a variety of traditional fields including media and radio research, advertising sales, publishing, and the health and fitness industry. She graduated with top honors from the State University of New York at Oswego with a degree in Broadcasting and Communications. But it is her 15+ years of metaphysical exploration which gave her the foundation to write a book about numerous spiritual concepts, and tie them to rock music. From acupuncture to Reiki, to sound healing and hypnosis, she’s dipped her fingers, toes and especially her head into nearly every alternative healing modality known to humankind. To put it bluntly, she’s a metaphysical junkie.
As for writing, Laura’s never considered herself to be a wordsmith, but after her awakening, the compulsion to write became obsessive. Over the past six years, she’s honed her skills and learned a tremendous amount about how to put her thoughts onto paper, though she still considers herself a pretty damn awful scribe. So, she doesn’t believe she’s qualified to write a book about reincarnation, rock music and the impact our ego has on human consciousness, but someone had to do it.