Hello, Readers! I apologize for my long absence, but I’ve been busy working to get the novel version of UNBOUND ready for publication. I’m really excited about it! It’s a historical fiction that tells the story of Sarah Perry, an anthropologist whose suicide attempt triggers her ability to go back in time and experience the witch persecutions during the time of King James in Scotland.
Luckily, Public Radio Network (PRN) got wind of the story and wanted to interview Unbound’s heroine, Sarah Perry. This is the interview in its entirety:
Sarah Perry: We live in a world full of suffering and sorrow. It seems like every time we see the news or read the paper, there’s been another school shooting, or someone has been lost to some other random act of violence. There’s so much hatred, so much division. I haven’t been very successful at living in this kind of world. It gets to be so that that’s all you can see. What’s that called– myopia? I became very negative and lashed out at others– which is ultimately, the last thing I want to do. At the time, all I really wanted was to escape it all.
PRN: So your breakup with Jake had nothing to do with it?
Sarah Perry: No. Our relationship had always been tumultuous. He was someone I never should have been with in the first place. I knew that all along, I just didn’t want to admit it to myself. Sometimes we use people as a form of escape, you know? Alcohol, cigarettes, any temporary fix will do to numb the pain for a while. Or they did for me, anyway.
PRN: What was your first thought when you learned you were pregnant?
Sarah Perry: Shock. I was floored. I mean– what if I had died? I would have been responsible for taking an innocent life and that’s something I would never, ever do intentionally. When I found out I was pregnant, I felt like I had a duty. I unwillingly or unwittingly– I don’t know which, maybe both– became the vessel to bring a new life into the world. I had to see it through even though I had no intention of keeping the baby and bringing it up myself. I couldn’t see myself doing that. I was too unstable– not even sure I wanted to stay on the planet.
PRN: When did you realize you wanted to keep your baby?
Sarah Perry: That’s a good question. I don’t know if I could even pinpoint the exact moment I realized it myself. It snuck up on me– those happy little moments with Matt; seeing my friend Colleen with her son, Will– I started to think that maybe everything would be okay and we could skate through life unscathed. That I could bring a child into the world and raise it to have a happy life and keep it safe. Later, my faith in the world was rattled again and made me want to give up once more.
PRN: How did you feel the first time you left your body and experienced life through Deirdre’s eyes?
Sarah Perry: Oh, boy! That was insane! I thought I was insane! Can you imagine? I never would have dreamed something like that was even possible. At first I really thought I was losing my mind, but after getting my head checked– literally– (laughs) I found out that there was nothing wrong with me. And then when it happened again, I saw the value in the experiences. I was living an anthropologist’s dream! I was able to observe history firsthand! To be able to explore a moment in history through the context of its own reality and then come back to my own time and have the means and wherewithal to present the actual truth as an interpretation… It still blows my mind when I think about it.
PRN: Do you still have the experiences?
Sarah Perry: Are you asking if I still go back in time and jump into Deirdre’s life? No. (shakes head in the negative) I’m pretty sure that part of my life is over.
PRN: Why do you think it happened?
Sarah Perry: I honestly don’t know. I ask that question all the time. “Why me?” I still haven’t discovered the perfect answer. I do know that it has changed my life and who I am as a person. It gave me a reason to live. It made me understand that even though life is fraught with danger and pain, it’s worth it to be here. It makes the good things sweeter. I think that in the end, that’s why we’re all here.
PRN: So what now? What’s in the future for Sarah Perry?
Sarah Perry: The future? (laughs) Only God knows! I’m just gonna go with the flow.
To read Sarah’s story, get your copy of UNBOUND here: