It should come as no surprise that renowned psychic John Edward gets guidance for his fiction writing from unusual sources. “I always joke around and say I want to put on a book, ‘Written by John Edward and his band of merry invisible men.’ I don’t think I write like a writer—it’s kind of strange, I write like a psychic—I’m capturing the movies that somebody allows me to see,” he explains to Show Daily.
Edward came up with the characters for his latest novel, Fallen Masters (Tor), over the course of 10 years when he periodically went to Hollywood to pitch a spiritual television series idea. “They each lived in a different universe, and I couldn’t get them out of my head. I knew them so well, I liked them so much that I started thinking, well, wouldn’t it be funny if they met.”
Edward, whose syndicated television show, Crossing Over with John Edward, is seen in more than 100 countries with a following of millions of viewers, travels the globe for his work. No wonder that he does all of his writing on planes. “I put my headset on and usually listen to a soundtrack. I’m a big fan of Lost, and I’m a huge fan of Murray Gold, the composer for all of the Doctor Who shows, so I pop one of those, and depending on what scene I’m writing, I then put that music to match as the background noise.”
Like his two previous novels, this one has multiple characters, ranging from a U.S. president and a rock star to a psychic in the Caribbean and a cable news host. Edward tells Show Daily, “I like to follow multicharacter arcs; I like to watch their transition—watch what happens.”
Edward would like readers to take away the idea that every individual can make a difference in the world. “A lot of people don’t realize that they have a voice and that their thoughts manifest a reality, and simply choosing to be more positive can ripple out to somebody who’s right next to you. It just takes a little bit of light to alleviate all the darkness—that’s my mantra.”
Here at Book Expo, Edward will be signing ARCs today, 1–2 p.m., in the autographing area at Table 21. ARCs of Fallen Angels will also be given away at the Tor booth (3358), starting at 2 p.m. Show Daily couldn’t resist asking Edward how he predicts his book will sell. He laughed and said, “I know my book is going to do well because I have a huge fan base. You don’t have to be a psychic to know that.”