IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY…
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WELCOME ELAINE AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Elaine Edelson is an internationally recognized intuitive channel and astrologer. As former host of her own radio show, Manifest Change Now, she interviewed global new-thought leaders and innovators. Elaine is the author of the non-fiction book, “Minutes to Manifesting” and creator of “The Bodhi System: Minutes to Intuitive Mastery.” She was also the spiritual advisor to the feature film, “Sedona,” starring Francis Fisher.
Born and raised in Newark, NJ, Elaine’s gift for gab and storytelling was fostered while sitting around the dinner table eating Greek cooking with her family. At the age of eight, she won the 1968 women’s Olympic figure skating competition…in her mind (she actually believed she won a gold medal alongside Peggy Fleming.)
Elaine lives among the glorious red rocks of Sedona, Arizona with her adoring husband, brilliant daughter, and eccentric toy poodle. Aries Fire is her first historical fiction novel. The first of many.
ELAINE: The inception for Aries Fire came to light one day while having lunch with a friend. My friend happened to BE an Aries–and a writer, too. I told her I wanted to write a series of books and dedicate each book to each of the astrological signs.
She whipped out a pen and paper and we started to map them out. I really had no idea where to start, even though I had the seed for the series. What time period would I place the novels? Who were the characters? Would I tie the books together? What genre would I choose?
Then my friend took me to a local bookstore and bought me the three books in Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series. These were Diana’s only books at the time. I devoured them. And ‘Poof!’ There it was! Proof that a series was exciting and doable. Reading Diana’s books gave me permission, in a sense, to follow through with my books.
As ususal, life took over and I got busy working on my spiritual and intuitive counseling business. I was also in the midst of getting married and planning my wedding.
Two years flew by. I still hadn’t started the book. One day I was invited to a dear friend’s 50th birthday. One of the party favors was a 12” ruler, and on the ruler was printed a timeline depicting famous women in history.
I was suddenly reignited and inspired to really start writing. When I got home after the party, I opened up google and did a search for ‘famous women in history’. I thought that research would be a laborious thing, but I was oh so mistaken! The first woman to pop up on the net was Hypatia of Alexandria, 415 AD. There was little information on her, but what I did uncover was fascinating. Astronomer, philosopher, mathematician, spiritualist, outspoken against the Roman Catholic Church, and woman’s advocate—she was all of these things. A woman definitely ahead of her time.
Hypatia’s unfortunate and violent death sparked the starting point for the book. I grabbed a notebook and wrote down some story ideas and a brief outline.
ELAINE: Did I write the entire book after that? Of course not! I got pregnant and was thrown into a world of sleep deprivation and hormonal craziness. After a few years, I uncovered my skimpy outline and began to write a bit here and there. Truthfully, I originally thought that this book would take about four months to write. I’m sure I could have written it in four months if I didn’t keep distracting myself (oh how I can self-distract!) Ten years later, (cringe), I was fully underway with the book.
But why did it take so darn long?
In my spiritual counseling business, I’m dedicated to helping others move past their resistance, fears, and creative blocks. It was time to eat my own cooking. So I dove right in and literally ‘worked’ on myself.
What was stopping me from writing if it was such a desire, such a passion? Finally getting to the core of it I realized that writing felt like a luxury to me, a reward for working hard in other areas of my life. Wow. Mind blower. So as a result, I kept setting up mental blocks to writing based on a ‘work-reward’ system. What I set up for myself was, “If I do ‘x’ number of counseling sessions and earned ‘x’ amount of money, I’m allowed to sit down and write.
The human psyche is simultaneously fragile and powerful. It sets up its own rules for behavior. I had an unconscious dangling carrot in front of me akin to the luxury of writing. “Do your work Elaine and I’ll let you sit down and write some cool scenes…”
Well! Soon after that realization, I got over myself and gave myself full permission to write whenever the hell I wanted! Talk about Aries Fire!
I wrote 5 days a week (joy!) and finished the book in 6 months.
Where do you write?
ELAINE: I write in my home office. Sometimes, I’ll get antsy and move around the house, but mostly when I sit down to write I stay there until I see the scene through.
Do you complete a detailed plot or have a rough idea and let it develop as you write?
ELAINE: I’ve learned the importance of having certain beats for the storyline. It isn’t exactly a detailed plot, but it comes close. What I find is once I get started, the story takes over and begins to write itself. (Oh, lucky me!) Whenever I get ‘stuck’ I put on music of the era I’m writing about and I’m suddenly transported and the scene shows up in my head. For example, I researched certain instruments for ‘Aries Fire’ that were played in the 5th century and found a few artists that played those instruments or sang in Croatian or Hungarian chants that inspired me greatly.
What piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writers?
ELAINE: Instead of thinking, “How will I get this published? How do I get an agent? Will I make any money?” Put your thoughts on the JOY of getting lost in your story. When you give yourself over to your passion, you get out of your own way and allow the Cosmos to intervene in the most appropriate way! (Ask me how I know!) TRUST your vision. Then when it’s time to do some market research about your story, give the book to a networking group, friends (but not the ones who’ll love everything you do) and ask for HONEST FEEDBACK–Is the story slow? Does it hold your interest? What stops you from reading it? Does it make sense?–then LISTEN to CONSISTENT feedback. You’ll hear lots of suggestions, but the comments that are similar need attention.
Is there a book that really inspired you?
ELAINE: So many! Here are but a few: ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David Roberts, ‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Seabold, ‘City of Thieves’ by David Benioff, Niffenegger’s ‘Time Travelers Wife’, ‘The Mists of Avalon’ by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and ‘The Physician’ by Noah Gordon. “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett, “Shogun” by James Clavell. And of course, Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series.
What are you currently reading?
ELAINE: Right now I’m reading George RR Martin’s ‘Game of Throne’ series. On the last book…Whew. Then I’ll be reading Patrick Rothfuss’ ‘The Name of the Wind.’
When reading do you prefer hardbacks, paperbacks or ebooks?
ELAINE: I do prefer to hold a book, hard or paper. It’s the smell of the paper and the ink that transports me. But I also own a Nook and read my books that way when I travel. Very convenient!
What are the benefits of self-publishing?
ELAINE:The advantage of digital publishing (or print on demand) in this changing world of publishing is almost immediate. Within 30 days you get paid. With a regular publisher you have to wait up to a year. You also get paid 50 to 70% more than with a traditional brick n’ mortar publisher. Plus you have total control. Whether you self-publish or get picked up by a publisher, you do most of the marketing. So you may as well call the shots. Unless, that is, you choose to spend a lot of money by hiring a publicist, for website SEO, PPC, Adwords, advertising, social media marketing, networking, setting up live events. With self-publishing, you also control where your marketing dollars are best spent.
Is there any aspect of self-publishing that you don’t like?
ELAINE:In the beginning it was hard to navigate how to market, how to publish, and how to save money, too. So I educated myself via workshops and seminars. I wouldn’t ask someone without money for financial advice, so I didn’t just rely on myself to ‘figure it out’ alone. I sought information from those who’d been there and done that. There are so many ways to get published so it can be easy to get confused. Test the waters. Listen to what published authors have to say and FEEL your intuition open or close to that information. What encourages you to move forward ALWAYS feels freeing. Trust that. My husband loves marketing, so I leave that aspect to him. Like it or not, be prepared to market your work. It’s inevitable. Whether it’s online, via blogging, social media, public appearances, tv, radio, interviews, podcasts…it comes with the territory. Only JD Salinger gets away with making it big as a recluse!
How do you relax?
ELAINE:As an Intuitive Channel this is quite easy for me. I meditate daily and I listen to a recording I made called ‘The Bodhi Brainstorm’ with Theta waves to help me feel calm, confident, and centered. I’m happy to give it for free to any and all who would like the mp3. (Just sign up for my free ezine at http://www.yourmodernmystic.com…the link to Bodhi Brainstorm is in every monthly issue.) I also hike on the trails in Sedona, watch almost every movie availble to humankind, and do crossword puzzles! On occasion I’ll have a bubble gum blowing contest with my daughter or we’ll play charades. Hysterical! Laughter is my muse. We also draw together.
What are your hobbies?
ELAINE:Movies, films, books, more movies, more films, more books!
ELAINE: Have you got any more books planned, can you tell us a little about the plot, when can we expect?
ELAINE: Yes! ‘Aries Fire’ is the first of thirteen books in my series called, “Sign of the Times.” The second book, ‘Ten Steps of the Bull’ is dedicated to Taurus and Buddhism. It takes place in 7th century Japan and centers around the reluctant Princess Suiko who’d rather be a Buddhist nun, but instead becomes the Empress who eventually adopts Zen Buddhism as Japan’s national religion. The war between the Buddhist and the Shintos via the Mononobe Clan and the Soga Clan heat up. My Taurean protagonist, Kwan, a young, abandoned, abused, angry and stubborn Korean boy finds his way to a Buddhist monastary, is raised and trained as a Shaolin Master. He poses as a Buddhist monk and is sent as an emisary to protect the future Empress. Forbidden love. War. Compassion. Spiritual attainment. Duty…but at what price?
The book is scheduled to be finished near Autumn of 2012. Stay tuned!
THANK YOU,ELAINE FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO VISIT WITH US AND OUR READERS TODAY!!
AGAIN, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
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Overview(from the author’s website)
The Roman Empire. 415 AD. Renowned scholar Hypatia of Alexandria is brutally murdered. Why? And by whom?
Hypatia’s death leaves her 17 year old bastard daughter, Seira, fleeing for her life…herself a target for extermination. Alone and homeless, Seira is thrust into a life of struggle and survival amidst the rise of the Catholic Papacy and the savage Roman battles with the Huns.
So begins Aries Fire, an epic historical fiction spanning three continents and two decades during the surgent Roman Christian campaign to swallow the Eastern and Western European territories.
During her seafaring escape from Egypt to Ashkelon, the sea captain and protector Alexander falls in love with the young Seira. But once in Ashkelon, the rabbinical scholar Isaac and wise ‘seer’ Kiki take Seira under their tutelage, conceal her identity for her safety, and immerse her in medical studies and mysticism.
The fates relentlessly test Seira’s mettle as she searches for her mother’s murderer and her father’s identity.
In Spain, Seira is found out and becomes the target of a Hun political kidnapping gone awry. She saves the life of the great Khan, Attila, who befriends her. Attila–seeing the rage consume Seira and her bitterness with the world and her fate–channels her anger and shapes Seira into a commanding warrior and strategist. Attila is enraptured by Seira as he discovers what a strong, independent, and willful woman she truly is.
Seira is now torn between Alexander and Attila, lovers who vie for her affection and attention. Two great men, one powerful woman.
Her epic journey across Europe and the Middle East throws Seira onto a never ending precipice of conspiracy, war, passion, mysticism, initiation, and self discovery. What Seira ultimately discovers could cost her her life. It’s a secret that can destroy an empire and change the tides of history.
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