Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Interview with Authors RENE DEFAZIO and TAMARA VEITCH


1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
THE EMISSARY is the first of four books in The One Great Year series.  The idea is based on an alternative view of world history that is much more exciting than anything we ever learned in school.

Rene was greatly influenced by this alternative history and after backpacking around the world, visiting ancient ruins in Egypt, England, and Indonesia, he wrote a brief treatment for The One Great Year series that he kept to himself.  Then he met Tamara.

We began dating in 2009.  Six months after meeting, we broke up.  We were miserable for about 24 hours and it was then that Rene heard a voice in his head say, “Write the book you idiot!”  We instantly knew that was what we would do. Rene gave Tamara the book treatment and she loved the concept.  We began writing the very next day.  We have been writing for nine years now, creating the stories that make up The One Great Year Series.

THE EMISSARY  is an action adventure story that brings the alternative view of history alive.  But the novel goes even deeper. This reincarnation tale explores the many facets of love, life, and the breadth of anguish and joy that all souls must endure.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
THE EMISSARY’s main characters, Marcus and Theron, are soulmates who reincarnate throughout the ages of the Great Year Cycle.  Marcus has past life memory, but Theron does not and he searches for her in every lifetime. 

When we first meet Marcus, he’s a laid-back, pot-smoking blogger living in Seattle.  But we quickly learn that thirteen thousand years ago, Marcus, Theron - and the book’s villain, Helghul - were born into the Golden Age of the Great Year Cycle. 

They were chosen to be Emissaries – beings who are responsible for protecting the ancient knowledge and ensuring the evolution of mankind.  Marcus and Theron remain true to their mission, but Helghul is corrupted by a desire for power.  As the world descends from a Golden Age into a Silver, Bronze, and then Iron Age, humanity grows darker. The true Emissaries must keep hope, light and love alive in the world as the illusion of separation and the malevolence of their adversaries grow stronger.
THE EMISSARY is an unforgettable tale of eternal love, betrayal and the hope that binds us all. Our target readers love original, romantic fantasy fiction based on real world history, philosophy, and infinite imaginative possibilities.  Our readers are looking for a gripping new series to immerse themselves in.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
“This is my story!” “I feel like an Emissary.” These are the comments we have received from readers. At the end of a great book readers should feel as though they lived the experience they read about. After reading THE EMISSARY we hope people will consider the possibility that there is more to life than what we see.

An underlying theme of our novel is that everything in our universe is ultimately connected in a vast web of consciousness.  If that feeling of connection stays with people, the world can only be a better place. It was important to us that THE EMISSARY be entertaining so that people can escape into it, but we also want to make you think.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
There are two things that are critical: READ and WRITE! Absolutely read as much as you can especially great literature. Study your favorite authors and read the classics. While reading, ask yourself questions about why they write so well. Why did you love that sentence, character, storyline? It doesn’t matter if you blog, journal, write poems, novels, graphic novels, letters, anything just as long as you practice. We have both been writing all our lives. Even if you can’t make a living, never stop writing and GOOD LUCK.
 5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
We are very excited by the rising audiobook market. We have recorded the audiobook for THE EMISSARY and with Rene’s acting background and our huge array of interesting characters, it was a blast! Recording and acting out our words as we intended them to be heard is incredibly rewarding. We’ve also enjoyed the rise of social media in the past decade because it allows us to connect more intimately with our readers and with the authors who inspire us.
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
There were so many amazing storylines and possibilities on the table, deciding which ones would stay and which would go, took a long time. As we wrote and researched, the lifetimes were so strong and interesting, it took time studying all the material but we kept writing non-stop and a compelling series naturally developed. We’ve had to be patient and have endured plenty of budget-minded months in order to work as full time writers, researching and perfecting our craft, but it has absolutely been worth it! We are very proud of the work that the last nine years has brought through.  And there are amazing opportunities on the horizon, even a potential TV or movie series!
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
The Emissary is full of fresh ideas. We have written a book that is entertaining and allows people to lose themselves, but that also make them think--in a good way. We have been incredibly humbled and grateful for the outpouring of love from our readers. The ideas in THE EMISSARY will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it and when Book II The Emerald Tablet is released in February 2019, and this series becomes the next BIG series, your readers can say they were among the first brilliant bibliophiles to discover it.

About the Authors:

Rene DeFazio, who was born and rasied in Canada, currently lives in the Vancouver area with his wife and writing partner, Tamara Veitch.  Rene is an actor and producer with numerous film and television roles to his credit, as well as countless commercials and print ads.  A world traveler and lifelong adventurer, Rene has called upon his unusual and exciting experiences in co-creating the One Great Year book series of which THE EMISSARY is the first installment.  His tireless research and first-hand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights, and smells help to bring this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a writer, mural artist, and mother of three.  She grew up in Canada and attended Simon Fraser University, studying English and Psychology.  Tamara has had a lifelong interest in spiritual wisdom and has carefully researched ancient teachings from many traditions to ensure historical accuracy through the One Great Year book series.

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