Why the Megan Series?
I have found that some people have had trouble grasping the purpose or the intent of the Megan Series. This is obviously my fault, so in this piece I will explain why I started writing them two years ago and am now on volume 23. If you are not familiar with the novelettes, they are 10,000-word stories concerned with the psychic development of Megan, a thirteen-year-old girl, who has fledgling psychic powers, but does not understand them, and so is looking for a teacher.
Each volume has a title:
The Misconception * Megan’s Thirteenth * Megan’s School Trip * Megan’s School Exams * Megan’s Followers * Megan and the Lost Cat * Megan and the Mayoress * Megan Faces Derision * Megan’s Grandparents Visit * Megan’s Father Falls Ill * Megan Goes on Holiday * Megan and the Burglar * Megan and the Cyclist * Megan and the Old Lady * Megan’s Garden * Megan Goes To the Zoo * Megan Goes Hiking * Megan and the W. I. Cookery Competition * Megan Goes Riding * Megan and the Radio One Road Show * Megan Goes Yachting * Megan at Carnival
and the subtitle: “A Spirit Guide, A Ghost Tiger and One Scary Mother!”
Anyway, my father and others on his side of the family were psychic, Spiritualists, and healers. My mother’s parents were catholic, but my mother saw Auras from her early teens (she thought it was something to do with hormones at the time). She met my Dad at about fourteen and he gave her explanations for things that her parents, especially her mother, didn’t have a clue about (Auras, healing, reincarnation). I always got the impression that they didn’t like him for doing that.
My Nan gave my Mum a hard time over Auras in her teens, and the brush salesman incident in ‘The Misconception’ was true.
After national service, they got married in 1953; my Dad a carpenter, like his father, and my mother a secretary. When I came along in 1954, they used to leave me with Nana, while they went to work. Much later, about 15 years later, Mum told me that I had started life as left-handed, like my father, but Nana had trained me to be right-handed because of superstition (to this day, I can do nothing with my left).
I had a ghost tiger in those days too, which my parents could see, and I would play with (I can only barely remember her), but the tiger left when I started school – a bit like Puff the magic Dragon and little Jackie Paper. I still can’t listen to that song without crying 🙂
I wrapped all that up into the first novelette ‘The Misconception’.
I knew from about age dot about my father’s psychic abilities – he was always drawing, painting and writing, but often with his eyes closed – he said he could do that because it wasn’t really him doing the work it was ‘dead people’ working through him and I later knew them as Automatic Writings.
You could say that it was dead normal in our household.
We discussed dreams at the breakfast table like other families discussed the news and when my family started dying through old age and sickness, it was normal for Dad to say, ‘Oh, your grandmother told me last night to tell you…” or “Your mother wants you to…”.
A few months before he himself died, twelve years ago, Dad gave me all his ‘automatic’ papers etc in two Tesco carrier bags, saying “Make of these what you will”, but he wanted me to read one particular story that he’d written about a tramp who had died from hypothermia in a shop doorway.
“I’ve left it too late,” he said, “but I always wanted to write a series of short stories for kids, like parables, set in modern times”.
Megan is an attempt at this.
‘Inspiration’ if you want to call it that, was not the school readers ‘Janet and John’, more like Enid Blyton, perhaps, but not really as Megan is ‘alone’. If anything, the books by Tuesday Lobsang Rampa were influential. I read all 15-20 of his books when I was 13-15. (I know he’s been exposed as a fake Tibetan, but there is still a lot of wisdom in his books, which his detractors conveniently never talk about).
So, in conclusion, the series is a collection of stories aimed at 13 or 15-year- olds and above. It is hard to be more specific, because one’s understanding of, or interest in, psychic matters is not commensurate with physical age. I would have liked to have had this series to read when I was 13-15, but a 65 year old, who has only just started thinking about death may like them too. However, let’s say 15-25.
Megan in the story is my mother, and I am the baby treated unfairly by Suzanne, Megan’s Mum, so in that sense, that first volume is based on a true story. However, none of the other volumes are like the first, but I needed that one to explain the others – to set the scene.
The novelettes in the Megan Series are meant to be an easy read with substance, based on all of the above and the fact that, throughout my life, people have asked me questions about Spiritualism and ‘séances’, once they know a little about my history. (My paternal grandmother presided over a Spiritualist Church in Barry and my father and others gave healing there).
These novelettes are a distillation of my answers in story form, and I chose to keep the ‘heroine’ as a young girl, because it seems more natural that a young girl would be curious about these things, as most old men are too set in their ways.
Megan’s search for explanations and an understanding of what is happening to her, mirror my mother’s, and also mine when I was that age, because my Dad talked to me about spiritual and psychic things as if I already knew what he was talking about, which I didn’t. It is also true of the people who still ask me things about Spiritualism and always have.
Finding the target audience for these stories has been pointed out to me as a problem, but I’m afraid that I suppose I am aiming at a Spiritual Age, not a physical one – let’s say a few thousand incarnations, I can’t be more accurate than that, sorry 🙂
All the best,
‘The Eternal Plan – Revealed‘ by Colin Jones, and edited by Owen Jones
The ‘Megan Series‘ of books