Few losses are as painful to a parent than the loss of young child. Sonia Brakowski, a longtime Hazlet resident now retired and living with her husband in Delaware, endured that loss in 1975 when her beloved ten-year-old daughter Annette died of brain cancer. She recalls in 2007, she met a medium in her native England, who connected her to Annette.
“My daughter sent me her messages 32 years after her death. I didn't fully believe in being able to connect with people who had crossed over or in reincarnation, but as I shared in my book, I was blessed to be taught by the spirit of a ten-year-old child, the truth about what happens when we die and that death is not the end.”
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in England with a lot of history and family values. The name of my home town is Cirencester which is an old roman town with lots of interesting history behind it. I wrote from the time I was able to put two words together. I loved making up stories and plays for my friends and acting them out. All of my family were avid readers and would read books on a regular basis. My mother shared her love of reading with us and encouraged us to not only read but to write as well, some thing I am so grateful for.
When did you first start writing?
As a young child and teenager I would be constantly writing in my note books according to my sister. I enjoyed making up stories and saving them for later when my friends and I would get together and read them. When we went to the movies we would come home and make believe we were the actors in the movie. Our imaginations knew no bounds and we became quite proficient at playing different roles. These are the things that I remember the most, things that encouraged me to write and use my imagination to make up stories. So I would have to answer this question as I remember, I was always writing down poems and ideas to include in my stories.
“A View from the Rainbow” is a follow up to my first book, “Annette Opens the Door”, which I highly recommend you read before reading this book. This is the second book in the series that reveals more about the messages I have received from my daughter through a medium in England, and how my daughter Annette has continually sent me messages from the other side since 2007.
This book is the true story of my tearful and soulful journey, learning to deal with and accept the illness and death of my ten year old daughter. How she contacted me through a medium in England many years later.