Friday, June 14, 2013

Meet - Simon Hay

Hi Simon, thanks for being part of Pinky’s Favourite Reads, I’m sure my readers will be as excited as I am that you have stopped in for a chat. Hopefully Gegu and Donkey have come along for the ride!

Gegu is my spirit guide; he’s always with me, but he likes to visit, so if anyone wants to chat with him invite him over. Sarcasm is how Donkey came to be, but now he’s the people’s choice. Many missed the humour and believed Donkey was a guide. Regularly, I get emails and FB messages from people who’ve had encounters with Donkey: offering guidance, he talks to them in their dreams and meditations. I walked into a new host’s home and a donkey fridge magnet, hidden under bills and coupons, flew off the fridge and landed on the floor. The Donkey has landed ;). Spirit has a sense of humour. 

Where are you from originally?
I was born in Tauranga, New Zealand. I came to Australia in 1988 and have lived in Brisbane since.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
My parents separated when I was a teen and I spent most of my teens living and working with an uncle on the farms he worked on. Great uncles and aunties taught me to respect the land and animals and filled my childhood with adventure. I excelled academically and as an athlete, played representative rugby, but left school early to farm.
I separated from a partner and came to Australia aged twenty-one. I worked for a plumber for three years and then became a drain-laying contractor. I did that for fourteen years, until chronic illness forced me to retire. Specialists diagnosed me with a solvent induced neuropathy — I was a professional glue sniffer — chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
I healed myself and I’m now a full-time healer and medium. I travel interstate and internationally doing healings, reading and events.
I’m grateful to be able to communicate to spirit, and, although seemingly miraculous healings occur around me, I’m a regular Aussie bloke. I’ve been separated too many times, have five children, four girls and a son, and have raised stepchildren. Some of my children, and all of my pets, living and dead, still talk to me.
Tell us your latest news, are there any new books in the pipeline, and if so, what are they about?
I’m writing a show and tell book about energy healing and working with spirit. I’ve had amazing encounters with spirit and clients and I’ll use those stories to teach people about the potential and power of energy healing. I don’t want to write just another how to book. I want to empower and excite readers. I’ll protect client confidentiality, but it will be an exposé of human behaviour and encounters with spirit and angels.
For those readers who haven’t yet read ‘The Disciple’, can you tell us a little bit about it?
It’s part memoir and part biography. The brief description is:
The Disciple is a compelling biography about Jesus’ birth, childhood and death. Simon Hay, after a life-altering encounter with spirit, revisits and remembers his past life as the disciple, Judas, and his role in Jesus’ life. Simon’s story will amaze and challenge 2000 years of belief.
From reading the book, I can see it was a labour of love, exactly how long did it take you to complete?
The narrative from spirit was recorded in 2000, but it took me twelve years to write. I rewrote my narrative 20+ times, the conversations with spirit were edited and repositioned — editors, other than grammatical changes, hardly altered their dialogue. Over five years I used three editors and after every edit and rewrite my writing improved and the story changed so much that I had to edit again. I wrote after work and around family time, usually from 10 PM to 2 AM and then, after my illness, every chance I could. I wrote blog posts, articles and short stories to improve writing craft. 
Tell us about your cover, is it how spirit wanted it to be portrayed or did you get to choose/design it yourself?
All my ideas are influenced by spirit. The hands on the cover are mine and the artist, Robert Baird, grasped what I wanted. I didn’t want a fluffy feel good cover. The story is brutally honest, confronting to some, and not the norm for the genre, mind body spirit. The image wasn’t meant to represent Jesus’ hands; they’re Judas’. I have blood on my hands, “look what I have done.”
Now that you have published ‘The Disciple’ does spirit want you to tell us more about Judas, Jesus and his family?
Daily, I remember more of Judas’ life and Jesus describes more of his, but I’m uncertain if I want to continue Jesus’ story. I’ll include short stories in future books if they enhance the writing.
How did you first react and what were your first thoughts when you learnt of your previous life as Judas?
Initially, it felt peaceful knowing. Reliving and remembering how much I loved Jesus tortured me. Today, my heart still aches when I feel him near.
What you have written in ‘The Disciple’ doesn’t exactly mirror what many religions teach. What have been the reader’s reactions?
Surprisingly, I’ve received emails from Catholic readers who felt liberated after reading. They described the story as being more believable than the Bible. I’m sure that there will be many readers that will be confronted, but they haven’t spoken up yet.
Some readers have experienced healing responses while reading and others have had encounters with spirit. One reader saw Judas’ scars on her arms before she read the pages describing the scarring.
Who has influenced your writing the most and who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Dean Koontz and Brenna Yovanoff. Brenna builds tension better than any author I’ve read and her pace is seductive. My inspiration is not to fail. I want what I write tomorrow to be better than what I write today.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? If they are from the past, chances are you already have.
There are so many wonderful authors I’d like to meet, but I’d love to meet YA authors, Brenna Yovanoff, Tessa Gratton and Maggie Stiefvater.
What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys in hardcover.
Ok so now we have the serious Author part of the interview over, I think it is time to have a bit of fun.
Who are your favourite movie stars, past or present?
Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, and Kate Blanchett.
What do you like to do for fun when you aren’t doing readings/healings?
Outdoor activities with family: camping, bush walking, fishing, road trips.
What is your favourite food?
 Fish, not seafood, and fruit. Sometimes I crave hot chips. (oh don't we all !)
If money was no object, what would be your ultimate holiday?
I’ve always wanted to visit Israel and Scotland, but I’d spend a year 4WDing around Australia and New Zealand first.
What is your favourite colour?
Who is your favourite music artist?
I don’t have a favourite, but I’m loving country music at the moment.
When you get a chance, what do you like to watch on TV?
NRL. Friday night football.
And lastly I want to thank Simon for taking the time out of his busy schedule to be here with us today.

Thanks for everything you do.
Sharon, thanks for having me. Blessings to you and readers.

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