A new world is birthing, a paradigm shift is well underway. Humanity is on the cusp of an evolutionary leap mentioned by ancient civilizations, sacred texts, and modern science. Garden Of Love is the first volume within the Of The Light series of poetic picture story books offering brief narratives of the process while aiming to provide uplifting messages. Driven by humanity’s collective desire for peace, it is time to embrace a new era of living in harmony with nature and create a wonderful new world filled with oneness, joy, happiness, laughter, enlightenment, giving, sisterhood, brotherhood, community, technology, abundance, unconditional love overflowing, and more. This is the dawning of a new Golden Age on Earth!
How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?
All together about 2 years, however, the main verse in this volume is called The Garden Of earth and it took all of about 5 minutes to draft as the words were appearing in my head and I let go of all inhibitions to allow these words to flow without impedance. Illustrations took about 3 months to sketch and another year or so to tie everything together.
What inspired you to write this particular story?
I see so many changes happening in society. Changes in nature, economics, and weather that are not usual ones. Changes from long accepted norms. I wanted to reach out to people in a simple way with a comforting reassurance that everything is going to be ok.
Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)
Oh yes many years of researching news headlines, documentaries, travel, and alternative media sources. I became fascinated with perspectives in history regarding paradigm shifts such as society discovering the Earth was not flat, that Earth was not at the center of the universe, and the fall of the Roman Empire. Ancient civilizations and sacred texts were also interesting to me such as biblical archaeology, Mayan archaeology, and religious scripts as Qi-Gong, Hindi, and Christian prophecy. Modern science and economics form the center stage in relation to all that I have researched.
What is your goal for the book, ie: what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?
I wish to uplift people who may be going through difficult times and offer an alternative other than the usual doom and gloom scenario that is closely tied to the concepts regarding 2012 phenomenon and the Mayan calendar. We manifest our thoughts, therefore to have the most loving and nurturing thoughts would be most beneficial during this time of transition.
What challenges did you face as you wrote this book?
Technology proved to be the biggest challenge in the creative process. Trying to get the layout to display adequately is an ongoing process to account for all the various electronic e-reader devices out there.
Are you writing to reach a particular kind of reader?
I write for anyone that may be needing some upliftment and may have any questions about what is happening within society and all the changes taking place.
What was the first story you remember writing?
When I was younger, about 9 or 10 years of age, I remember having a spiral bound notebook where I would write simple short stories about people in small towns helping each other. I wish I still had this notebook.
What was the most difficult part about writing the book?
Having the courage to take the step of getting my work out there in public as I can be timid at times.
What are you working on right now?
The second volume in the series focusing on people coming together in community type environments along with more uplifting verse.
Describe your writing in three words.
Compassionate, open-minded, and simple.
Do you have mental list or a computer file or a spiral notebook with the ideas for or outlines of stories that you have not written but intend to one day?
Yes I like to keep a file on me at all times for those occasions when an idea pops in my head. I’ll quickly jot it down along with some supporting thoughts to be developed upon at a later, and perhaps more appropriate, time.
What genre are your books?
Poetic picture story books. I like to say they are children’s books for all ages.
What are your future plans? What will you bring to the literary world besides more stories?
I would like to finish out the Of The Light series with 2 or 3 more volumes as well as some longer individual scenario stories in a similar format. I also like to write poetry and articles for spiritual newsletters and post them on my blog website as well at http://www.ofthelightmedia.org.
Where can people find out more about your books?
Available for other e-reader devices: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/135196
Website with full page excerpts and more information with links: http://www.ofthelightmedia.org