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PAGAN FLAMES – Chapter 1 Courage Under Fire by Vanayssa Somers

Watch the Chapter 1 Reading of COURAGE UNDER FIRE (from PAGAN FLAMES):

Reading performed by actor Geoff Mays

Get to know writer Vanayssa Somers:

1. What is your novel about?

This is the logline I submitted to describe my novel, PAGAN FLAMES.

“Arch-Wizard Faery Prince recruits an under-confident young orphan
girl for training in Shapeshifting, Time Travel, Quantum Mastery, all
to turn her into a super-hero who travels through time, saving lives
and bringing evil to its knees.”

A young orphan girl in 1480’s Majorca is living in a convent. A good
Catholic girl, she is recruited by a Wizard who travels Time looking for
suitable students to mentor into the Bright Arts. She proves a remarkable
student. However, the Spanish Inquisition finds out about her activities.
Soldiers come to drag her before the Grand Inquisitor. Her adventures begin,
leading her to a great leap toward self confidence, mature practice of her
Craft of Wizardry, and heroic actions to save lives from The Burning Times.

2. Why should this novel be read by anyone?

It captures the historic events of the Spanish Inquisition in a personal, up
close way, underlining the courage of those who were unjustly killed and the
heroic acts of a young girl who drew upon every skill her mentor had taught
her to fly to the aid of victims. In those days, as in our own time, the
truth is, we will always need brave heroes and heroines to battle evil on
all its many fronts.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

This story is but one of millions of stories about heroic acts on behalf of
the underdog in all times and all locations. We love heroes.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Okay, I’ll admit it. “You’ve Got Mail.”

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

I wrote it over a period of eight months, and it was edited many times over,
of course, after that.

6. How many stories have you written?

Two novellas and two short stories.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Since I was a child, I have practiced as a psychic, using cards and tea
leaves mostly until my abilities developed further. When I became a Reiki
Master, a gift of Holographic reading arrived unexpectedly during a Reiki
healing. One of the readings channeled through me one day concerned a young
woman in ancient Europe who could shape-shift and move between matter and
energy with ease. The reading was vivid and unforgettable. Bearing in mind,
these movies are channeled to aid the sitter through a particular life event
they need help with. I claim no responsibility for explaining the content of
the movies, so I can’t claim certain knowledge of this ancient girl’s
ability to shape shift…it was given for a modern-day woman’s needs at that
time in her life.

The story gripped my imagination (of course), and for years I thought about
it and slowly a story emerged. One winter I had not a lot to do with the
rainy months, so I sat down and started writing this colorful dream onto
paper. When I submitted it to Solstice Publishing, they accepted it, sending
a contract by return mail. A thrill for me, to say the least.

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this novel?

I fell in love with the lead character, a Wizard, and suffered awful
depression for weeks after the book was finally and fully finished. I’d lost
him forever, he was gone. For months I’d become immersed in this story and
almost lost contact with real life, buried in the events of The Burning
Times of 1483 Spain. Melchior, Arch Wizard, Prince of Faeries, honorable and
dedicated to his craft and his Faery people, had cast his spell and then
vanished, as Wizards are prone to do.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animal rights, protection of the wilderness, great trees, flowers, angels
and divine justice. Also I like working out and staying healthy. Also love
romance. Love my friends.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your
feelings on the initial feedback you received?

An email came into my Inbox one day about the festival, I was puzzled as to
what it was and went to look at the site. It seemed amazing, there was a
chance someone would read a chapter or even my logline out loud. I jump on
any chance for anyone to see my work, of course. The feedback was
encouraging and very kind, so what was the harm in trying?

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Well, it’s a good idea, if you submit a story and it doesn’t get snatched up
right away, after a few tries, put it up on the free e-book sites and see
how many thousands of downloads and how many five star ratings it gets.
Sometimes an editor might take note of a successful free e-book if it
garners enough attention. I’ve had some successes and some failures of
stories on the free sites, some are loved and some are ignored. But at
least…they get read. And that’s the main thing, right? For most of us.
Also, if you really believe in your book, don’t give up. The sun and moon
and planets all move on in their paths, and every now and then, you get
Jupiter lined up with Venus or something…never give up. Your turn comes
round eventually.

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Get to know writer Vanayssa Somers:

1. What is your story about?

Arch-Wizard Faery Prince recruits an under-confident young orphan
girl for training in Shapeshifting, Time Travel, Quantum Mastery, all
to turn her into a super-hero who travels through time, saving lives
and bringing evil to its knees.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

This story, in large part, is based on a past life reading I gave once to a
young woman several years ago. I never forgot the reading, it was so unusual
and vivid. This young woman had been a psychic master of some sort in a past
life and was able to shape shift…take on the form of animals at will,
including eagles and wolves. I had been giving past life readings for years
but had never experienced a channeling at all like this one. I never forgot
it. Always wanted to write about it, and about an imaginary girl like her.
That book is PAGAN FLAMES. Of course, the personal details of the actual
reading are sacred and are not included in the book. But the shapeshifting
was the most wonderful thing to channel, unforgettable.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Since I was a small child, but writing professionally, just about five
years. Solstice Publishing gave me a chance, took Pagan Flames. So thrilling
to get that first contract. Only a year ago, that happened. The book had sat
under my bed for about three years, I’d given up.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

“How to Train Your Dragon I” and also “You’ve Got Mail.”

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

Steven Spielberg. But I don’t know much about Hollywood and its major
personas. I just know his name like everyone knows his name.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have written about a dozen stories. Full length novellas, two and another
in progress.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

As mentioned above in question #2, I had a personal experience with
channeling a past life to a young woman a few years ago and being able to
take on animal form at will was part of that reading. It was something I
never forgot, very vivid and exciting to channel this information for her.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Well, I get an idea, as I suppose all authors do. I get that little excited
feeling in the core of my body and my brain starts tearing along behind my
nervous system. The excitement builds, if I am sitting getting my hair done,
or on a bus or something, and I start thinking how I could write about it.
Then I sit down soon as I get home at my computer and pound out a few lines
so I make sure I remember what I thought about. Then next day or so, I spend
some time fiddling around with it at the computer. It kind of slowly knits
together, then some of it doesn’t work or it is too complicated and over a
period of months I pull a decent story together. But all ideas an author has
only suit a certain niche of the population, of course.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animal protection. Trees and having nature kept in a town building program,
so there are always trees everywhere, no matter what kind of building
project is going on. What a difference it makes to a community. Incredible,
especially in this time of climate change when everyone is too hot and
looking for shade. Cut down all the trees, guess what…no shade. Worst
thing. Heat is a killer. Animals, trees, local newspapers (very important to
support your local paper), and fitness. I love working out.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

I stumbled into this website called WildSound. I didn’t know what it was. I
saw it was an opportunity to put my books out there and I read the blurb on
the site and decided to have a shot. It feels like fun, very positive.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Well, never give up never give up. Take James Patterson’s Masterclass, 22
videos in which he teaches you details about how to write and stuff. Very
personal, very relaxing, not stressful at all and it makes you really
rethink your books. And it’s only ninety bucks U.S. A real deal. Jump at it.
I once listened to a radio show where Hammond Innes was being interviewed,
he used to be a very popular writer years ago, male-type action adventure
books, I am a woman but I loved his books. Esp Wreck of the Mary Deare. Love
that book. Anyway, he said one thing I never forgot: He said he has always
taken every single writing course he ever ran across. He still took them.
Still learning how to write, still humble after such big success. Well, his
books now have very old fashioned morals and values, you wouldn’t read some
of that these days. Men were men etc. But the adventures were wonderful. You
can still get his books on Amazon.

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