Katrina is unique: her psychic powers allow her to recognize energy waves with her mind. But her ability comes with a price, and she must treat the symptoms arising from using it. While writing a letter to her daughter, Emma, as an apology for the stress Katrina put her through, she gets a call from her estranged father. He requests her to visit him in Washington DC. During the visit, her disciplined father opens up as he takes her to Arlington National Cemetery where he reveals two secrets. One is about her late brother, who passed from a rare brain cancer, and the other reveals why she has the ability. Her father details the events that happened to him as a young private where he was assigned to help recover the remains of a UFO crash near Corona, New Mexico. Events related to the assignment would have a great impact on him, and later, his family.
Born in Italy, Paul arrived in the United States at the age of three. The family settled in Chicago for a couple years, then moved to the southwest suburb of Hickory Hills.
After graduating public high school, he was admitted to the University of Illinois, Chicago for architecture. He earned a professional degree in 1981. Afterwards, he applied and was accepted to United States Air Force Officer Training School where graduation resulted in a commission as a second lieutenant. He stayed in the Air Force until he was granted an honorable discharge in 1995.
After sixteen years of working in a few private firms, he applied to the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 2012. Paul is a design manager for projects associated with bases in the Middle East.
His first, novel, The Disclosure Paradox, was self-published 30 October 2019. It enjoys high ratings on Amazon and Goodreads with approximately 400 copies in circulation.
He lives in rural West Virginia where his wife, adopted grandson, and two older rescue mutts work and play on six acres of woods, high grass, and wild flowers.
Every family has a secret that is kept for various reasons. Some families hide births out of wedlock. Some hide more troubling secrets. As time passes, the secret remains with the holder. It festers metaphorically, or like in the story, literally, causing physical illness. Some people take a secret with them as they pass. Others, like Edwin, pass it on as a confession in the hopes that it will help themselves heal, or to mend a broken relationship.
What Doesn't Kill Her
“This is what I kept from you and your late mother. Keeping it to myself all this time has been a terrible burden. It has made me more ill with every passing day. Your mother fell into dementia and died before I could tell her. Your brother gave this to me before he died. It is his diary. Read it. Start with the bookmarker.”