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Is “I Know How You Feel: The Sensate” part of that Sense8 Netflix show?

I have been asked several times now whether my book “I Know How You Feel: The Sensate” is related to the Netflix TV Series “Sense8” written by the Wachowskis, which also has characters called “Sensates.” So, I thought I’d better address the question. The short answer is “no,” but here’s the longer version.

My Sensates are not their Sensates
The Sensates in “I Know How You Feel” are different from those in “Sense8.” My Sensates can feel the sensations of ANYONE, not just those of the seven other people with whom they are connected. Furthermore, Hani the main character in the novel, can use the skills of ANYONE he touches (for a limited time). On top of that, my Sensates can use their powers to CHANGE the physical sensations of ANYONE, something the Sense8 Sensates cannot do. There are also interesting limits that my Sensates have that those from Sense8 do not. For example, my Sensates need to experience extreme sensations to survive. Basically, experiencing another person’s sensations is how my Sensates feed their paranormal hunger. As you can imagine, when a Sensate feeds off the pleasure he’s simultaneously inducing in his human partner, it makes makes for a racy sex scene.

Their Sensates didn’t exist when I wrote mine
I started writing in April of 2012 and finished the first draft of my over 400 page novel on September 24, 2012. I took out a copyright five days later. So, my writing predates the release of the show (Sense8 was released on Netflix on June 5, 2015).

So that’s about it. I welcome your questions and comments!

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