Part 3: Interview with Ellenmorris Tiegerman, Author of Past Lives Denied

Professor Caitlyn Morrys, a passionate and vocal educator at a small college, finds herself at the heart of a fierce debate over academic freedom and teacher tenure. The situation takes a deadly turn when the college President, who is Caitlyn’s primary adversary, is discovered stabbed to death in his office. Acting Chief Inspector Cormac Robertson, who strongly believes in the power of past life regression, decides that the key to solving the murder lies in uncovering Caitlyn’s past lives through hypnosis. While under hypnosis, Caitlyn reveals numerous details from her previous lives, offering insights into historical connections and motives for the crime.This information enables the detective to identify the main suspect, who he realizes is on their way to attack Caitlyn again, seeking revenge for a betrayal from their past lives.

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“Those not familiar with the inner workings of higher education may be shocked at the complexity and hellishness of various committees, faculty hierarchies and the pressure to publish. Tiegerman devotes substantial real estate to these topics, laying groundwork in the process for the motive of the killer or killers. Caitlyn’s passion and idealism is also a doorway into putting her character into potential danger as well.”

– Mishka Rao, Best Thrillers

“The book brims with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It also highlights the unpleasant reality of the divergence of opinions on political views on university campuses, which can lead to tension between professors and students.”

– Amanda Hanson, The US Review of Books


  • How does Caitlyn’s personality evolve throughout the book?

Caitlyn, like myself, was initially very overwhelmed about her nightmares, memories and flashbacks.  She struggles throughout the novel to proceed through a personal journey of self-discovery in which her past life experiences find a place in her life resulting in acceptance and meaning.  She is able to use the information from her past life to help her solve the murder mystery in the book.

  • What is your writing process like? Do you have a specific routine or schedule?

Yes, I have a very specific routine and schedule in which I will go to the gym very early in the morning and then sit and write for approximately two hours and not a minute less.  For me, the commitment of time to the project is very important, and I have been able to “stick to” a schedule to write the first book of this trilogy and start the second.  

  • How do you handle writer’s block or creative slumps?

In order to handle challenging moments such a writer’s block, I stick to my schedule, and if I feel that I cannot be creative at that particular moment, I go back and I read/review what I have been able to complete.  I will also spend the time outlining each chapter to help me avoid “creative slumps” and keep the process moving.

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