Mary Millan is an accomplished author of blogs, vlogs, and many other mediums. Her latest and biggest project has been the publication of her new book. “My newest book is Blood Mary’ s Guide to Hauntings, Horrors and Dancing with the Dead .”
The book is a masterpiece published by Weiser Books. According to Mary, they are “the oldest and most respected metaphysical and occult publishing house founded in 1926 by Samuel Weiser on “Book Row” in NYC.”
“My book was originally a much larger work, So large it was decided that it will be be a three part series,” says Mary about working with the publisher.
Being an author is much more than just writing. This is especially true for Mary. Her writing comes to life in her daily adventures. When asked if she is writing something new for us, she tells us how this will have to wait until she has fully promoted her current book release. “I sorely need a break from sitting still and need to return to the field. My spirit work never stopped but writing (and rewriting) sure slowed things down. I have some travel lectures, workshops and book signings planned to really spread the word about New Orleans spirits through the country this summer,” states Mary. “l plan to resume writing new books after Halloween. The next book is about New Orleans Voodoo: the Marie Laveau tradition. At present I also now have my ongoing blog which is just getting into the swing of things. [Anyone can follow my writing at] @theBloodyMaryMirror on my website bloodymarystours.com.”
This is not Mary’s first major publication. “I also have a previously self-published coffee table photo Books “The Paranormal Blue Books” 1 and 2, soon to be re-released as as ebooks.”
So what drives Mary to keep curating and exposing the world to her research, perspective, and expertise? “What inspires me to write are the spirits themselves! Sometimes they have a lot to say and I keep repeating it until i get the word out there. My job is to help, to heal and to spread the word. As a priestess it is my duty to share some of the knowledge I have acquired so that others can follow in the footsteps. It’s my darn legacy and this is my life so I have a lot of writing and teaching to do! I also promised the spirits that I would record their teachings.”
“My inspiration also comes from the fact that I have seen so many changes in this area since Katrina. I need to record some of our customs and ideas in New Orleans before they get squashed by the huge footprint of the newcomers pouring into the area- those who did not have the generations of fore bearers to show them the old ways that we the Creoles, or native-borns, did.”
When asked what impact her writing has on our world, Mary says, ”
I know that since my work has been published, it had a profound impact on the spirit world around me, but I’m still waiting to see how it will affect the physical. My case studies and knowledge of the afterlife are unique and taught by the spirits. Officially the book has only been out since March 2016,but it has received rave reviews and is growing in popularity. Just so you know, some the spirits seem to have left with the pages and it’s been rather quiet around me lately. They either went on a celebratory vacation without me or they are out there doing marketing for us to make the book a bestseller! I hope a little bit of both. Spirits come and go, it is their prerogative, but they were so very active during the writing and it was darn crowded in my home. A house is not haunted every minute of the day or every day of the year. They are not stuck. But I have indeed noticed a huge change in the spirit of place, and I wait to embrace the physical changes.”
Writing a novel, blogs, and photogaphy books already, one would thing the inspiration would be hard to come by. This is a lot of content in a short amount of time for one author. But this is not the case for Bloody Mary. She was inspired to write and keep writing from childhood. “Now, I can not point to one favorite book or a specific moment of influence growing up that inspired me, but I always read the most books in the class as a kid, I read the most on the summer reading lists and earned badges in scouts for reading . I even loved to hang out in libraries to research as a kid, and I wrote a short story, a haunted one, when I was 7 or 8 that won an award. I’ve always wanted to write, and spirits have always been around me looking over my shoulder. My psychic awareness and inquisitive nature have always coerce me to get to the root or heart of the subjects I encounter. Then I was gifted with sacred storytelling and the mysticism of seed sounds which soothe the spirits; calling them near was a fortunate accident that worked exceedingly well . The gift of paranormal photography followed in line and just married them all together in this book for you about them and is and how to get along and how to dance with the dead.”
Bloody Mary, aka Mary Millan, has been partnering with Culturecast Agency since 2015, and she is one of our dearest friends and clients. “When working together, things are not ever boring. It quickly becomes a think tank, as the creative energy continuously flows back and forth between us and her. She has marketing expertise in her studies and background, and we learn as much from her as she does from us- probably more! We wish her well on the vast list of upcoming endeavors facing this very talented, smart, and one-of-a-kind New Orleans businesswoman. We are proud to work with such a wonderful person!” says Jonas Dominique, Creative Principal at Culturecast Agency.