Cassandra Blizzard is an accomplished author, with over thirty novels to her credit. She has been writing since the age of fifteen. Cassandra has written in nearly every genre, including romance, mystery, thriller, science fiction, and mainstream. Then again Cassandra’s non-fiction series, which just debuted, is a series of revelatory books designed to broaden the reader’s understanding of the soul and the spiritual realm. Interestingly, Cassandra is also a psychic medium. She is internationally known for her evidential mediumship skills as well as her psychic abilities, with clients on nearly every continent.
Interview by Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.
Welcome to OpenBeast. Could you briefly introduce yourself?
Good day, readers. I am Cassandra Blizzard, author, psychic medium, speaker, and intuitive life coach. A friend once said to me, “Cassandra, do you realize that people are in awe of you?” I responded with, “You’re kidding, right?” Okay, so I’ve written a few books (to date, I’m working on my 38th book). And I’m an exceptionally good personal success coach and psychic medium. But no matter what I’ve accomplished in life, I’m still just me. I consider myself to be a kind, compassionate person, loyal wife, mom to two dogs, daughter, sister, and friend. Despite the fact that I am a renowned psychic medium… (that word renowned always makes me cringe)… I have a rather ordinary life. Well, except for the fact that I talk to people who have passed on. I’m a bit shy, I love to walk in the mountains, I enjoy a good sunset, and I love to get a glimpse of a meteor shower. When I’m not conducting sessions with clients, I’m usually writing another book. I love every aspect of my job, and I love my clients and readers. I’ve got the best clients in the world. So, overall, I’m… well… just me.
How, why and when did you get into writing?
I grew up without a television, and I had very few toys. The toys I did have bored me. So, I spent a lot of time in a creative frame of mind. I can’t really pinpoint any particular time in my life that sparked my interest in writing. Writing just seems to be a part of me. In many ways, I feel like I was a born writer. I began story telling from an early age. In fact, I drove my siblings crazy with my story telling. I wrote my first book when I was fifteen years old. It was awful. So, I wrote another one. My second book was a little less awful. I realized that I had a long way to go before I could write a publishable book. Suffice it to say, that I was hooked on writing from that moment forward. I loved creating characters, and I loved characters with depth. I really got serious about writing novels at the age of 25. Between the age of 25 and 36, I wrote 32 novels. Then I quit writing for about five years. After that long hiatus, I wrote my book Seven Years of Surrender then stuck it in a closet for three years before pulling it out and presenting it the public. I had really decided that I was never going to write again, but my husband had other plans. I had been toying with the idea of a spiritual series of non-fiction books, but, honestly, I was tired of writing. My husband pushed me to continue, despite my reluctance. Writing is hard work, it takes a lot of focus, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to draw any focus away from my other work, so my husband provided the shove I needed. Seven Years of Surrender is the first in this spiritual series, followed by A World Without Color, which will be released in January 2012. So, I’m back in the saddle and back to writing like a fiend.
Talk to us about your latest book “Seven Years Of Surrender”.
Seven Years of Surrender is a snapshot of the darkest time in my life. The book spans the seven years I struggled to find meaning, to find support, and to find my self again. That’s not a typo; I purposely separated the words my and self. Finding the core self in the middle of crippling challenges is an essential part of the book. When I was 32 years old, I was poisoned with a neurotoxin that left me bedridden. For the next seven years I would struggle to find the meaning behind this tragedy as I also struggled with a body that was ravaged by poison and pain. I spent seven years in blinding panic and fear, worried about the outcome of this tragedy, worried about my future, and wondering why everyone in my life had abandoned me at this juncture. The book also reminds readers of the importance of the soul and the voice of our intuition. Without it, we would be truly lost. It took a long time for me to decide to make the book available to the public. I wrote Seven Years of Surrender in a very raw, open, and honest way. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to reveal myself in that way. Ultimately, I felt that it was necessary for my readers and clients to know where I’ve been, so they realize I understand tragedy and pain, and I can relate to them in whatever situation they find themselves in. Not only can I relate to them, but I can offer them hope. By all appearances, my situation at the time was utterly hopeless. I was preparing to die. But miracles do happen, prayers do get answered. I always felt like I had a purpose in life. After my Seven Years of Surrender, I realized what that purpose is, and I now embrace my future rather than worrying about it.
Describe your psychic interests and abilities.
I was born psychic, so I always had an inbred interest in anything paranormal. I also was an avid reader, so I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. But I had a particular interest in spirituality, ghosts, the after life, and science. At the age of 10, I started reading the Bible from cover to cover. I followed that endeavor with books on Psi experiments, UFOs, ghosts, and telepathy. Later in life, my readings interests leaned more toward quantum physics and astrophysics. I was always on a path that was turned inward, toward the soul, and I had a deep need to understand the state of humanity and the state of the soul. I wanted to understand “us”. I wanted to understand the soul. And I wanted to understand God. My psychic abilities were not anything that had to be developed. Accepted would be a more appropriate term. As a child, I just took my abilities for granted. In my teens, I began telling people what I saw. This freaked most people out, so I quickly stopped doing that and became more secretive about my life as a psychic. I did my first public reading at the age of 16 and was instantly offered a shot at fame. I refused the offer and continued on with my life. I didn’t feel that fame at the age of 16 was a good thing, and at that age, I still wasn’t fully seated in my life purpose. I had a lot of growing to do as a human being before I could really help anyone else. As far as my abilities go, I see the past, the present, and the future. I can transcend the physical brain and achieve a state of higher consciousness long enough to connect with another soul. There are moments when I can read someone’s mind. And I am a conduit by which those who have departed this world can communicate with those of us still living in a human body. I also do past life sessions. So, I pretty much run the gamut on psychic abilities.
How do you get inspired?
I find inspiration in a number of ways. By going inward and communing with my soul through meditation, by hiking in the mountains, by watching my dogs play. My clients inspire me. But, overall, my husband has inspired me the most.
Would you like to tell us about your mentors and role models?
I’ve never had a mentor. I was always a shy, reserved kid who grew into a shy, reserved adult. It wasn’t until I was poisoned and sick for so long that I came out of my shell and became a more outgoing individual. However, there are people I consider to be very influential in my life, one of whom is Bruce Lee. Many people don’t realize that Bruce Lee was a philosopher as well as an accomplished martial artist. I consider him to be a role model because of his tenacity and his desire to understand self. He was the best at martial arts because he believed he was the best, he understood the power of thought, and he worked hard to achieve his goals.
So what’s your typical workday like?
I get up in the morning, make some breakfast, answer fan mail, do interviews, and then I do some telephone sessions. After that, I head for my office and do some more sessions. I rush home, make dinner, and spend some time with the pack. Some evenings, I will work on my new book. But mostly, my workday consists of conducting sessions for clients.
What are your favorite leisure time activities?
Staring at the night sky, hiking in the mountains, walking my dogs, tending to my koi, relaxing with my husband, spending time with my closest friends, and shopping with my mother-in-law. When I was so devastatingly ill from the poisoning that destroyed my peripheral nerves, I couldn’t take long walks. In fact, I could barely walk to the bathroom. So, nowadays, I like to be able to get outdoors and take a leisurely stroll in nature. I will never be able to run again, and I still have damage from that poisoning, but it brings me great peace just to be able to be outside and to walk.
Any upcoming initiatives you would like to disclose?
My book Seven Years of Surrender is just the beginning. I am writing an entire series of spiritual self-help books. My main goal with this series is to help people, not only to understand themselves, but to help people with their career, their relationships, and to help them connect to their own soul. A World Without Color is the next book in the series, which will be followed by a book and audio set intended to help readers live a balanced life. I will also be doing some seminars and workshops based on the latter. I have two websites where I announce upcoming events and books. One is my author site; the other is my main site. http://psychicmedium-cassandrablizzard.com/
How about a quick advice for aspiring writers?
Study the art of writing. Study other writers. Study the mechanics of writing. Write often, write a lot, and don’t be afraid of constructive criticism. Find your own voice. Believe in yourself and believe in your dreams. The writing industry is tough. Learn it from the inside out and the outside in. Write what inspires you, what makes you feel good, and what ignites a passion within you. Be bold.
To learn more about Cassandra Blizzard and her books visit http://cdblizzard.com/
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