Jane Seymour Opens Her Heart in Writing 'Among Angels'

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Jane Seymour hopes her new book is inspirational to others. Credit: Bryan Bedder, Getty Images

Jane Seymour first captured global attention as Bond Girl Solitaire in "Live and Let Die."

The 59-year-old actress went on to produce and star in the long-running TV show "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman," and, more recently, she made audiences giggle with her racy portrayal of a randy cougar in "Wedding Crashers" and brought in votes as she waltzed her way through the fifth season of "Dancing with the Stars."

Lately, she's been busy with her furniture and jewelry lines, and being a mother to Katie, 29, and Sean, 24, from her third marriage with David Flynn, and twins, John and Kristopher, who are nearly 15, with her current and fourth husband, James Keach. (Fun celebrity factoid: John's godfather was Johnny Cash and Kris's was Christopher Reeve). She is also the stepmother of Jenni, 30, Flynn's daughter, and Kalen, 33, Keach's son.

And, if acting, designing and mothering wasn't enough, Seymour has a new book out. "Among Angels" is about, you guessed it, angels, and their role in our lives.

Seymour recently spoke with ParentDish about the book, family and opening her heart.

ParentDish: What is "Among Angels" about?
Jane Seymour: I wrote a book called "Open Hearts," which spoke about the philosophy of what it is to open your heart and how it impacts our lives, and this is really a sequel to it. The concept is that if you live with an open heart, then you are able to receive the benefits of angels and, indeed, you are able to become an angel for someone whether or not you know you are.

When I looked up the definition of angels, it said they are messengers and human beings. It could be any one of us at any given time. Quite often, you go through life and some extraordinary thing happens and people say, "Oh, my gosh, you're an angel doing that for me."

I wanted to put together a book of stories, of extraordinary things happening, that could not have happened to the people they happened to if their hearts weren't open and they were not ready to acknowledge and receive whatever it was that came their way. I also wanted to show the essence of an angel is something in every faith and in literature. You can ignite the angel in you or be receptive to angels. I collected stories, found things in literature and poetry and, of course, put all my art work in it, as well. It's supposed to be an inspirational book.

PD: When did your heart open?
JS: My mother went through a lot in her life. She was in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia for three and a half years in World War II, and many other terrible things happened to her. Yet, she always stayed positive and she always told my sisters and I that if we opened our hearts, especially in times of great struggle, rather than closing it off and letting it eat us up inside, lived in the present and reached out and helped someone, it would help us in whatever we were dealing with in our lives.

PD: You have a stepdaughter and I always admired how close you stayed with her, even after you divorced her father.
JS: I think those people who can't understand that have never had a relationship with another person. If you love a child, you're not going to not love that child because you're not genetically or legally connected. Jenny, as far as I'm concerned, is my first born. She was the first child I ever held in my arms, ever fed, made laugh or changed diapers. There are six children in my family. I have an equal amount of love for Kalen, my husband's son, who I only met when he was 13. I'm very close to him. All the children are equally loved. There's no question of steps or no steps. They're equally loved and equally taken care of. We make absolutely no separation between who was born to whom.

PD: And equally told off, I hope.
JS: Oh definitely! We're a very close family and we're very friendly with their mothers. Jenny's mother and I are very close and also Kalen's mother. That is also astounding to people, but it's true.

PD: How do you do that? That's very hard for a lot of people.
JS: I always think, well, it's not my relationship that failed with them, it's their relationship with someone I love or did love that failed. And, in both cases, they are parents of a child I love and I have to take care of, and you parent together with someone. I'm not going to do something that the other parent wouldn't want and vice versa. When my daughter, Katie, was born I sent her when she was 3 months old to have a play date with her half-sister and my then-husband's ex-wife and everyone thought I was crazy and, actually, it was the best thing that ever happened. They totally bonded and Jenny's mother is referred to in our house as Mamma Linda.

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