An interview with Dr. Heather Lynn by paranormal researcher, Tom Dee.
Do you read your emails and letters?
Yes! I read every one of them. I receive a lot of different emails and letters from readers, researchers, colleagues, and even young people. Many ask questions about history, others want to share their research, theories, and ideas. While I do get the occasional threat or hate mail, I try not to focus on it. Energy flows where attention goes, and I try to save my energy for good.
Do you get tired of answering people’s questions about history?
Never. As an academic and expert in a field, I believe it is one's duty to help expand another's knowledge base. I've met other historians who proudly refuse to help strangers and I can’t help but think; how elitist is it to hoard knowledge? No less elitist than hoarding capital, hence, our current economic landscape. If this is how fellow academics feel, then it is no surprise that we have a culturally bankrupt and decadent society in the late stages of its gradual social collapse.
Why do you think mainstream archaeologists shy away from, or even denounce alternative theories?
Mainstream archaeology is a funny thing. I think they do not want to talk about "alternative" ideas for a few reasons: A) the field is so compartmentalized that many mainstreamers do not know enough about these theories B) they disregard them as pseudoscience because it is the popular thing to do and they are afraid of ridicule C) since they all receive their funding through government grants, their research has to first be approved by the government or they do not get paid.
Most archaeologists average only about 30-35,000 per year and most of this is from the government either directly, or by proxy through colleges and universities. Even private colleges accept billions in federal money each year. It is also a highly political field with everyone fighting to keep their reputations. Anything that deviates from the generally accepted narrative has the potential to ruin the lives of these professionals. Therefore, they are slaves by consent.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t listen to the naysayers in your life, even if they are family. Stay true to your passion and be proud of your efforts. Life may get you down, but don’t let it put out your fire. Find time to write or work on research even if you can only devote 30 minutes a week, at first. Time will pass no matter what and even with a little effort, over time, you will finish. As you experience small successes, you will begin to feel more motivated and inspired to see your project through. Start where you are and never give up!
What is the most important advice you’ve ever received as a writer?
When I was a young undergrad and archaeology assistant, I wrote to Michael Cremo, author of Forbidden Archaeology. I asked him for advice. I told him that I was on a mainstream path but had a secret affinity for alternative archaeology and hidden history and wanted to somehow research these subjects and present my findings in the hopes that it may change some minds. His advice was, and I’m paraphrasing a little, but he said that if I stay in academia, I could make a difference by pushing the envelope, but only a little, whereas by leaving, I could be free to explore. This was honest and fair advice that I respected and took to heart. As a result, I continued in academia, pushed the envelope as much as I felt I could, and then broke free. Years later, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Cremo and had lunch with him and a few other authors and colleagues. I thanked him for the advice and couldn’t help but feel I had come full circle.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
In this niche? Michael Cremo, as I just mentioned, and although not necessarily an author but journalist, I would say Linda Moulton Howe. Also, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, Graham Hancock, Zecharia Sitchin, and older works like Velikovsky. Nick Redfern has some books that are a lot of fun. Jim Marrs’ work is very well researched. There are a lot of interesting authors in this field. I am grateful to have met and even worked with many. As for other genres, I read primarily non-fiction of all sorts. I shy away from novels because, ironically, I have a hard time suspending disbelief enough to enjoy them.
Have you had any experiences with paranormal?
I have had experiences with the UFO phenomenon. These are personal, but maybe I will write about them one day.
Do you have any pets?
Yes! Readers may remember my cat, Bailey. He was my research buddy. Sadly, he passed away last spring at the ripe old age of 23. I have a new research buddy; an orange tabby named Mario. I adopted him from a shelter that rescued animals on “death row.” He had been living in shelters for a long time. I am happy to say that he now has a fur-ever home.
Do you have any hobbies?
Actually, I’m a musician. I play the French horn in a local symphony orchestra. I also play saxophone and piano. French horn, however, is my instrument of choice. I’ve played for almost 29 years. Aside from that, I play tennis, hike, and ride horses. I really love antiquing. I refer to it as “retail archaeology.” I also like to visit Victorian tea-parlors.
How can people contact you if they have more questions?
They can go to my website, or email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Dr. Lynn.
You’re very welcome!