Guest Author:Annie Kagan
After saying “I’ve just had my first book published,” the next question is—“so, what’s it about?”
Even though I’ve been through this scenario dozens of times, I still get a flock of wild butterflies in my stomach. The reason is that my book is not what you’d call ordinary. It isn’t a novel or a self-help book; The Afterlife of Billy Fingers is a true story, a thriller, about life’s biggest mystery — what happens after we die. And although being alive myself obviously doesn’t qualify me as an expert on that subject, I do have an extraordinary story to tell.
A few weeks after my brother Billy died unexpectedly, I was awakened at dawn by his unmistakable deep mellow voice calling my name. “Annie, Annie it’s me. It’s Billy.
At first I thought I was dreaming. But when Billy instructed me to “Get up and get the red notebook,” I knew I was awake.
I got out of bed, searched my closets, and found the red notebook Billy had given me as a birthday gift the year before his death. I never imagined it would become a book detailing my dead brother’s journey through the afterlife.
As Billy began speaking again, I grabbed a pen and began writing. “Right now I’m drifting weightlessly through space with these gorgeous stars and moons and galaxies twinkling all around me. The whole atmosphere is filled with a soothing hum, like hundreds of thousands of voices are singing to me but they’re so far away I can just barely hear them. And although I can’t exactly say anyone was here to greet me, I feel a Divine Presence, a kind, loving, beneficent presence, and really, that’s enough.”
Although Billy’s first visit lasted only about fifteen minutes, the love and bliss he was experiencing in his new dimension somehow flowed into me. Instead of feeling distraught about his death, I felt serene.
When the visit was over, I also felt skeptical. I was completely unprepared to accept the fact that someone was speaking to me from another dimension. Had I gone a little crazy? Was my brother’s voice a delusion to help me feel better about his death?
Billy knew I had doubts and on his next visit he promised to give me evidence that he was not simply a figment of my imagination. So, as Billy describes the world beyond this one and dispels many myths about what lies ahead on the “other side.” he offers me profound proof in ways I cannot deny.
In a sense, I didn’t choose to write this book; it chose me. The butterflies that show up when I tell my story are a small price to pay.
Annie Kagan Bio
Annie Kagan is a singer/songwriter who had a chiropractic practice in Manhattan for many years. Kagan gave up her medical practice, returned to songwriting and began collaborating with award winning producer Brian Keane. While writing her first novel, her brother Billy died unexpectedly and began speaking to her from the afterlife. Annie now shares Billy’s wisdom, humor and detailed description of the bliss and wonder to come in the next life in her debut book, The Afterlife of Billy Fingers; How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved To Me There’s Life After Death.