Interview with Lee Allen Howard

There’s a difference between psychics and mediums. All mediums are psychic, but not all psychics are mediums. Psychic abilities include higher sense perceptions such as clairvoyance (sight), clairaudience (voice or sound), clairsentience (feeling), and claircognizance (knowing). I spoke about these recently in my presentation “Psychic Development for Writers” at Seton Hill University’s recent In Your Write Mind workshop.

Psychics use their higher sense perceptions to gather information—data that’s “out there” and available to anyone trained to access it—from people’s energy fields as well as higher levels of consciousness. Mediums, on the other hand, use psychic abilities to not only gather information, but to connect with discarnate intelligences. This includes the so-called dead, those whose bodies have died and who now exist in the spirit world, and higher forms of intelligence such as spirit guides and ascended masters. I’m a medium and a channeler, someone who communicates with and delivers messages from discarnate entities.

When did you realize you had mediumistic abilities?

I’ve always been interested in “the other side,” evidenced by my lifelong love of supernatural fiction. But it wasn’t until my grandparents died that I discovered I could see transitioned spirits. Shortly after each of them passed on, I saw an inner vision of them in the next life, happy and whole. At that time, I didn’t believe in such things, and merely dismissed it as imagination.

Mediumistic abilities crop up in my duo of shorts, Desperate Spirits. And in my Seton Hill thesis novel, Death Perception (which I’m still working on), the protagonist is a young guy who can discern the cause of death of those he cremates. No big deal, since they’re already dead. But when what he discerns differs from what’s on the death certificate, he finds himself in the midst of murderers. He begins to see and communicate with the spirits of the departed.

When I wrote the book in 2004-2006, I in no way believed in such abilities—they were pure fantasy to me. However, five years later, after the death of a family member, I began to have mediumistic encounters. I did some schooling to understand what was happening to me, and am now a practicing Spiritualist medium.

How have your abilities affected your writing?

I was already writing about the supernatural. But now, I’m more informed, and with the things that I experience and the entities I meet on the spirit side of life, I have a much richer idea pool to draw from.

Since studying mediumship and psychic development, I’m better able to respond to inspiration. And I think I’m getting help from the other side for all aspects of the process: idea generation, story development, writing, editing, and marketing.

Can you turn off your abilities, or are they with you all day, every day?

Today’s TV and movies often paint a picture of “gifted” people helplessly being invaded at any moment by psychic information or departed spirits. In real life, being spiritually developed and psychically skilled includes learning how to turn your abilities on an off at will, exerting control. That’s what professionals do.

I set personal boundaries for when I will and won’t receive such contact. For instance, I don’t want people—on this side or the other—waking me up in the middle of the night to tell me something!

After specifically opening up to receive such communication during a client session, I close down the connection at the end. And I do physical activities to ground myself so that my consciousness isn’t always “floating.”

I work at home full time, so I spend much of my days alone. My mind wanders, so I can’t help but pick up information. (But I think this happens to everyone, especially writers.) As I’m about my business, I don’t mind if my personal spirit guides step in to tell or show me something based on what I’m doing at the moment. But for everyone else, they have to make an appointment…

Is psychic ability, in your opinion, something you're born with, or can you develop it?

I talk about this in “Psychic Development for Fiction Writers.” Psychic skills are human skills. They’re not just for a “gifted few.” Everyone who wants to can develop psychic skills such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. It’s all a matter of desire and practice.

I believe that psychic information and creative inspiration for fiction come from the same source and are delivered along the same channel. By learning to open your psychic channel, you become better able to receive inspiration and to channel creative information that makes fiction really resonate. In short: If you widen the psychic channel, you’ll get better ideas. So open up and practice!

If psychic ability can be developed, do you have any suggestions for sharpening your sixth sense?

In my metaphysical studies, I employ the notion of “noticing what you notice.” The first step in developing psychic abilities is to be aware of your own awareness. Engaging in short periods of meditation to quiet the left brain and open the right brain is a good way to start developing this awareness.

Receiving higher sense perceptions is actually much easier than most people think. Everyone already receives psychic information, but it typically doesn’t wallop you over the head. It’s not at all dramatic like in books or movies. In fact, it’s usually so subtle you don’t notice it, or you dismiss it.

You must get in touch with where, on the inside, you receive visual and auditory information.

Close your eyes (uh, after you read the next sentence…). Inside, picture a flag flying atop a sunny, grassy knoll. Can you see it? Where you saw it is where you receive clairvoyant information. It’s that simple.

Higher sense perceptions are not generated by force of will or intense concentration. Rather, they come by:

  • Setting an easy intention
  • Relaxing the conscious mind
  • Letting go
  • Opening up to the flow of images, sounds, and feelings from higher consciousness

I discuss this at length and provide exercises in my presentation “Psychic Development for Writers.” There are also many good books out there for those who are interested in pursuing development.

I’d be happy to answer any questions. You can contact me at either of my blogs.


Lee Allen Howard writes horror, erotic horror, dark fantasy, and supernatural crime. He’s been a professional writer in the software industry since 1985. Besides editing fiction and non-fiction, Lee has served as a book publishing consultant and now publishes for Kindle. His publications include The Sixth Seed, Mama Said, Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, and Stray. He blogs about writing and editing on his writer’s site: Lee also discusses metaphysical and spiritual issues at He works as a Spiritualist medium and healer. You can connect with him on Facebook and at his Amazon author’s page.


Paranormal Writing Fuel

I am ramping up for my investigation Thursday night of the Mansfield Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. The facility is closed and has appeared on every paranormal TV show known to man. It is reputed to be very haunted.

I use my law enforcement background during paranormal investigations so I can get the facts straight. If there's a knock on the wall, I have to check for rodents, falling debris, water or steam pipes, and so on. I can't just scream "Ghost!" It's not in my nature. I need to know what's behind the noise, what causes the shadow.

My need to know what lies beyond what my senses tell me is where I get my writing fuel. I learned a long time ago that you cannot trust your senses. (College philosophy. Yikes.) But it's true. Have you ever flinched at the spider on the ground only to find that it was a dust bunny? Have you had a flavored soda lately? Guess what, it's not really orange, or grape. It's faking you out with artificial flavors. The other day my son said, "I already did that." I heard "You already said that." (Don't worry, he is safe despite the dangers of what I thought I heard.) You can't trust your senses.

So, I look beyond what my eyes, ears, nose, and skin are telling me, which sparks a lot of speculation. Stuff I would never say during a paranormal investigation, but something that gives me an idea for writing. The last investigation was pretty quiet and I thought what if the silence is paranormal? From there, I filled out an entire notepad with notes for my next story.

I can't wait to discover what Mansfield has to say to my muse.


Paranormal Activity at a Writers Conference?

The 25th Annual Pennwriters Conference was held at The Eden Resorts in Lancaster, PA from May 17th through May 20th. As always, the event was educational and entertaining. Keynote speakers Hank Phillippi Ryan and Maria V. Snyder were excellent and provided fuel to drive on. Agents from The Irene Goodman Literary Agency, The Donald Maass Literary Agency, as well as editors from Tor/Forge and Vintage were present. Workshops ranged from marketing to perfecting your craft. Each and every course found an eager audience.

All that is well and good, but I am tasked with giving you the paranormal scoop. What could happen in the paranormal realm at a writers conference?

I was with a group after the conference workshops had ended. We were chatting about various things when the paranormal came up. Of course, I couldn't let that conversation die. And I'm glad I didn't. One of the more distinguished guests took out a crystal pendulum. She informed us that the crystal had the power of gathering energy and sensing the answer to most questions. If the crystal rocked front and back in a straight line, that meant yes. If it rocked side-to-side, that meant no. If it circled, that meant maybe. So with the guidelines in place, we went to town. The questions ranged from the morbidly serious to the comical. (My friend Will Kesling stepped away to use the restroom and I asked the crystal if Will was talking to himself in the restroom. It answered yes. haha. When I confronted him about it, he answered "If you can't talk to yourself, who can you talk to?")

I started asking questions about writing. Disclaimer: I do not let my future hinge on anything mystical--I base my decisions on strategy and fact. That said, the crystal did indicate that I would be a successful author. On second thought, let's remove that disclaimer. Success, here I come.


Pennwriters Conference interview with Tye Tyson

Pixel Thought Foundry did a quick interview with Tye Tyson at the 25th Annual Pennwriters Conference at the Iron Hill Brewery. Tye participated in several workshops given by the New York Times Bestselling Author Maria V. Snyder and commented on one of her pre-conference workshops.


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I am a writer of YA/Paranormal and Adult Suspense novels. I hope you can use this website to contact me about your reading or writing experiences. It is also a source for discussion of the paranormal outside of the literary world, because, after all, truth is stranger than fiction.

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Please check out my blog, where I address various paranormal and writing topics.

My current project is a Young Adult novel. The working title is The Fading. If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, or a fan of YA at any age, I can send you a sample chapter if you agree to offer feedback! Contact me and I'll be glad to get that to you.

Here's a blurb about THE FADING: Alex Barr's father, Joseph, is lying on the couch, sweating under a pile of blankets. The doctors don't know what's causing it, but they do know that Joseph Barr is dying. Joseph asks Alex for a family tree for his last birthday, What Alex discovers leaves him obsessed over one question: why do all Barr men die so young? Town genealogist Maryanne Cloud seems hell-bent on hiding the truth, so Alex recruits the help of classmate Emily Cloud. Emily is forced to make a decision: help the boy she secretly loves, or protect her family's darkest secret. THE FADING. 


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