Why I Wrote This Book: Why does anyone write? I’ve loved books since I was a child in East Texas and needed a good escape. In grade school, I read widely and read books way above my maturity level. I learned about the pain of racism from books like Invisible Man. Other books like 1984, The Painted Bird, and A Wrinkle in Time intrigued me at young ages.
After putting a book down, I always wanted to know about the writer’s lives. I intuited things about the author’s pain, longings, and dreams, and I had to find out more information. I wanted to know what Ralph Ellison’s real life was like. I wanted to know about the situations that influenced George Orwell, Jerzy Kosinski, and Madeleine L’Engle. Once I started down this path of curiosity, I never gave up my love for memoirs and biography. Many years later, when authors like Mary Karr hit the scene, I took mental notes, hoping to find the time to write my own memoir.
I have also enjoyed reading all the many books about near-death experiences. However, my purpose for writing my memoir is not to become a definitive source of near-death experiences, but to help spread good energy into the world and help others find their way to greater healing. This manuscript addresses timely issues including child abuse, suicide prevention, sexual assault, and domestic violence. More importantly, it examines how the focus to heal (spiritually, energetically, physically, and psychologically) can miraculously transform one’s life.
There are many best-selling books about near-death experiences, but my book stands out because I was much younger and wilder than these authors when I died. I was an agnostic, party girl attending college and working as a cocktail waitress. As a lost, materialistic young woman, the closest I came to thinking about spirituality was reading the poems of Walt Whitman, Emerson, and Thoreau for my English classes. After my near-death experience, I was immediately drawn to books, practices, and gatherings that focused on greater love, peace, and understanding among people.
My NDE was hugely transformative, and awakened me to spiritual realities that I did not consider previously. Giving love to this world and working to help bring more light to the lives of others was one of the key lessons of my near-death experience.
Angels in the OR is written in the tradition of literary memoirs like Wild, and Lucky, It captures Austin in the 90’s, international travel, family, relationships, and a mission from God in classrooms across America. Most of all, I believe it will help point many people to avenues of greater healing.