Please meet, greet, and celebrate: VAL TOBIN!
Val is not just an author - Oh no, she's much more multi-talented and multi-faceted than that. Hey! She's a woman and we all know women are tremendous at being many things to many people (speaking, of course, as a mere male).
She studied general arts at the University of Waterloo, then went to DeVry Toronto to get a diploma in Computer Information Systems, working in the computer industry as a software and Web developer for over ten years, during which time she started to get serious about energy work and the paranormal and occult.
In October 2004, Val became a certified Reiki Master/Teacher. She acquired ATP® certification in March 2008, in Kona, Hawaii from Doreen Virtue PhD.
Then she started work on a bachelor of science in parapsychic science from the American Institute of Holistic Theology in March 2007 and received her degree in September 2010. After obtaining her master’s degree in parapsychology at AIHT, she has set her sights on the PhD, which she’ll pursue as time and finances permit.
At the end of October 2008, Val returned to Kona, Hawaii to complete the Advanced ATP® training and in April 2010 to take the Spiritual Writing Workshop and the Mediumship Certification class. Val wrote freelance for online magazine Suite101 and was Topic Editor for Paganism/Wicca and Webmaster Resources at Suite.
A published author, she contributed a story to Doreen Virtue’s Hay House book Angel Words.
who exactly is val tobin?
Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?
I draw on inspiration and ideas from everywhere. For example, the idea for Injury grew from an assignment my daughter had to do in grade eight. She had to write a biography on a famous person, and she chose Marilyn Monroe. Part of the assignment was to create a list of interview questions, and on my daughter’s list was the question: ‘If you could ask your father anything right now, what would it be?’
I thought that was a brilliant question, considering Marilyn Monroe never knew her father. It made me wonder what it would be like to be rich and famous and to not know who your father is. Would she wonder if he recognizes his daughter as the famous sex symbol? Does he regret abandoning the family? By this point, I wasn’t thinking specifically of Marilyn—I was generalizing. From there, I created Daniella Grayson, an actress at the height of her career, who has always believed her father abandoned her, leaving her with an abusive mother. As the story opens, we learn that everything she’s ever believed about herself, everything that’s affected her self-esteem, was based on a lie.
Gillian’s Island came from me woolgathering about an island resort owned by a friend. I wondered what it would be like to run a resort on an island, and thought it might be a great place for an introvert as long as her husband dealt with the guests. In my head, I created a couple, who lived in such a situation, but then I shook things up and put them through a messy divorce that left the introvert wife stuck running the resort and then forced to sell it. Now, not only does she have to deal with the guests, but she has to deal with the new owner,who she must train to run it. On top of all that, there’s a saboteur, who seems to be trying to shut down the resort.
I try to make my stories lively and exciting, so readers want to keep reading well past the time they should have set the book down. That’s why I’ve made my tagline ‘Stories worth losing sleep over.’
Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?
Most of the situations were created, but I based a lot on what can happen in real life or what myths or beliefs have permeated our culture regarding death and the afterlife. For example, Jayden and Daniel aren’t restricted in where they can go on Earth and beyond. This makes sense, because they’ve both had the initial trip to the other side. They understand they’re dead.
Often, if a spirit is trapped in a location, it’s because they had a problem crossing over. Perhaps, they can’t accept their death or they’re attached to a location or physical item to such an extent that they can’t separate from it. This isn’t the case with Jayden or with Daniel, the spirit who wants to help her.
Earthbound is a prequel to The Experiencers, book one of the Valiant Chronicles. Ever since I wrote about Michael Valiant, I wanted to know more about his previous victims and what led up to the events that occur in The Experiencers and A Ring of Truth. I decided to tell the story of one of the unjustly murdered, and to do it from the spirit world. This way, I could explore philosophical and theological themes. I’ve always wondered, if spirits exist, why don’t all murder victims try to expose their killers? What would cause them to let it go? What higher purpose might there be to events? What is fate and how does it fit in with free will?
Most of these questions don’t have answers, but fiction is a great conduit for exploring such ideas.
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You see, like so many poor, struggling, artistes who call themselves Indie Authors, I can't afford the premium version of this website, just the free basic one and I need the premium to be able to show videos and podcasts.
Oh dear, how sad, never mind!
What I can do, though, is give you the links to go and watch them yourselves. How clever is that?
So, here we go - Val's Videos and Podcasts
Do yourself and your reading enjoyment a favour and check her out.
val tobin: indie author of excellence
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