The central character in I’m A Believer is male. What preparation was required to get into character to narrate your new story in a male voice?
None at all actually. It was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. I’ve known so many men like Mark Buckle in my life – completely cynical guys in their thirties – so it was really easy to get his attitude and his words. I went into a pub in London after I finished the book and I saw at least 3 guys that were like Mark Buckle. He’s a typical London male – he’s going bald, so he shaves his head, he likes football, he likes going to the pub, he’s quite clever, he’s very funny, but he believes in absolutely nothing. They always seem, to me, quite stunted. They have their jobs, they earn their money, they’ve got their relationships, and they don’t really “get it” beyond that. So where something goes wrong in their life they hit the wall.
They can make you laugh, for about half an hour, but if start to go into any further into anything, anything remotely serious, or to do with emotion, they just can’t do it.
I’ve heard that you’re also working on some celluloid pursuits at present!
My agent got me an offer from a producer in New York (he was connected to Forrest Gump) and he wants to do a film on pet psychics. He’s asked me to write a treatment for a screenplay which I’m currently working on. There is a pet psychic in America called Sonya and she’s famous. He wants me to use my psychic experience as well as my screenwriting experience (She’s worked on The Secret Life of Us) to create a film about a cable pet psychic show. It will probably be a comedy though, it’s not going to be serious.
Speaking of psychics, you’re into channelling – tell us something about that part of your life.
I was doing some this morning actually. I bought through two of my guides. I work as a trance medium, I have three spirit guides who regularly come through me and I haven’t done it since I left England. I thought I’d better check back in.
Do you call on any of your spiritual guides for advice when you’re faced with making a big decision?
When I have a big decision to make, I’ll going into a light trance and will bring through my guides. I have a Chinese guide called Huang Lee. He died hundreds of years ago, but he has an extraordinary grasp of philosophy and ethics and also, he’s quite good with practical questions like career, love, whatever. So I will pose a question to him and as he speaks through me I will actually hear it, so it’s almost like being in two places at once. I’m talking in a very clipped Chinese way, but I can also consciously hear what he is saying. I love the way that he looks at problems, he looks at them so philosophically. Then when you finish, and you shut down and you come back into the real world again, you can take what he’s told you and you can use it.
Huang Lee comes through a lot when I’ve been reading for clients who are going through a divorce or going through bankruptcy or whatever it is, and he will give this wonderful 15 minute talk on the issue and he will give people the bigger picture. That more than anything else seems to put their minds at rest. He is a very talented guide for me to have.
When I do reading, I reunite the person I’m reading for with someone who has died. Then, inevitably, they have a question for me because they are facing some problem – maybe they want plastic surgery, but they’re not sure they should get it done. Maybe they owe the bank $50,000 and they don’t know how they are going to pay it back. I bring through Huang Lee to look at those issues and he gives them good practical advice. He might give them some really good advice about the future. He’ll also come through with his philosophical angle on it, because of course he’s coming from hundreds of years of experience and he’s also looking at your life in terms of your long-term future. So that’s quite interesting.