About Liberation: Book One of the Andrusian Chronicles
Amora Madre is content in the Smokey Mountains pursuing her teaching of love, things of the spirit, and metaphysics. Her childhood invisible playmates, Casey and Nia, are always by her side. But when soul mate Gabriel Ephraim enters her life, she is drawn into the heart of a terrible encounter with the spirit world in the skies over Washington D.C. Catapulted into service for the Intergalactic Supernatural Intelligence Agency, ISIA, the kindred lovers soon discover the existence of an invisible wickedness over the city, its galactic origins, and its evil designs for national and world events.
As part of an Andrusian galactic strike force, assembled to dismantle the malevolent legion’s brutal matrix, Amora and Gabriel, seasoned and accomplished, embark on a dangerous adventure filled with Onaweyans, Scorpillians, historical figures, and a confrontation with the dark supernatural syndicate over the fate of the United States and the earth.
With journeys into galactic and dimensional worlds, interactions with fantastic characters and creatures, and revelation of the current struggle between the spiritual forces of good and evil, LIBERATION draws the reader into a world where the spiritual dimensions and reality converge.
Visit Liberation’s tour page at Pump Up Your Book!
Purchase Liberation in paperback or kindle edition at Amazon
Q: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
A: The story came together piece by piece each time I went to walk the downtown areas of Washington D.C. I love doing this. I love visiting the monuments and getting into the energies of the founders and the old Washington when things were quite different. That’s what stirred the idea inside of me. “What if the USA and our planet had an intelligence agency that specialized in the supernatural areas of protection? And what if the headquarters were right here in downtown D.C. but no one could see them? And what if there were evil spirits involved in an unbelievable derailing of world events and it all culminated in the 21st century? In our time and current world news” well, I was on fire and I started plotting out the story. I took many autobiographical events and weaved them into the idea expanding as I went along and I began doing historical research of our beginnings as a race, and a country. I love Washington for holding this amazing energy for us all, our beginnings, how democracy came about and what our founders went through to get the idea established. It had never been done.
Q: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
A: I plan the story first so that I can get a feel for the flow of it. That takes time and attention and an outline. But I will also add that a lot of scenes also develop after I start writing because I realize there is more to be said than I first felt. There are details that develop as you get into the story that can’t be predicted through an outline. It organically happens as you generate the flow from inside of you and not from your head.
Q: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
A: Yes. I usually know where I want it to stop.
Q: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
A: My characters begin to develop on their own. By that I mean that I could be having lunch somewhere out in the world and see someone or something that relates to one of them or literally see one come into the room as I’m writing. I’m incredibly visual. They talk to me too or tell me they want a boyfriend or pet or wings or want an accent in the story. The voices may come first and then the actual visual of the character. But they develop throughout the writing of the story no matter where I may be throughout my day. When I was performing as a singer I had a great teacher who taught me how to let myself go and open up and just sing without knowing where I was going. I still use that skill today. I just let myself allow the characters to do or say or be whatever they want and let myself open my creativity to allow for everything to be a possibility.
Q: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
A: Absolutely, all of my personal loves are in the characters of Liberation. Everything I believe in and value in life. I truly know that those who read the novel will know me, deeply.
Q: What is your most favorite part about this book?
A: That it’s connected to the world as it is today and all of its problems. That it challenges the reader. I love the paranormal aspect, the supernatural aspect, the historical connection, the spiritual connection, the expansiveness of the story and the way it makes you use your head and heart.
Q: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
A: That I’ve had to learn along the way and because of that I haven’t truly understood how complicated and demanding the promotion of a book can be after you write it. Aside from the financial demands of starting your own publishing company, there is the lack of knowledge of how the road is traveled. Landing a distributor that my publicist and I feel good about has been one of the greatest challenges. You cannot get into the book stores without that and you have to get the right one that loves and understands the power, beauty and appropriateness of the book.
Q: What has been the best part about being published?
A: My deep knowing that I’ve grounded my dream, that even though there is a lot more to it than I presently understand, I’ve done it, and the product turned out just as I wanted.
Q: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
A: I want them to remember the message and the true calling for action.
Q: Do you have plans to write another book?
A: I’m in the process right now. There will be three in total.