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.
The woman that Katrina is based on has divulged that towns near bases with classified facilities were petri dishes for experiments involving bio-electromagnetics. Katrina's mother knew the incidences of mental illness and rare cancers were much higher than normal. It would be interesting to research that kind of data for other towns around unique military installations.
What Doesn't Kill Her
Katrina felt something odd about the town. She sensed an absence of a normal level of humaneness and happiness. She had to look hard for a hint of a smile on citizens’ faces. She didn’t see frowns or anger, just blank looks. She imagined the town was populated by zombies. People would walk past her on the sidewalk, not even look at her face. The more she thought about it, the more it made her curious about her town. Occasionally, and more often than she thought normal, she would read in the local paper of someone committing suicide. Her mother, a nurse, would come home with stories about doctors being concerned about the high number of people with rare cancers. She also heard her mother talk about people going crazy and being taken away.