Monday, 21 December 2009

Readers Favorite Awards finalist!

Curse of the Tahiéra is among the finalists of the Readers Favorites Awards contest 2009!
Category: Fiction - Fantasy/ Sci-fi.

The winners are announced on January 15, 2010.
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Thursday, 17 December 2009

5 star review by Reader Views: "You will truly not be able to put this book down."

"When I finished this book, I was so happy to find out that there will be another book by the same author continuing this story about the Einache and Tzanatzi people. Wendy Gillissen is a very skilled writer, and she has created a wonderful, fantastic world with characters that are relatable on many levels. This novel is, on the surface, a wonderfully written and entertaining fantasy novel, but it has depth. It teaches us all a lesson about war, and how there are always two sides to every story.

This story captures your interest from the first few pages. You might be wary at first because there are over 400 pages, and relatively small type, but you will be thankful that there is more to the story. There are so many details, you really begin to feel like you are in this story and you know the characters, and become worried about their fates. Rom is a young boy of the Tzanatzi race, a race that has been feared and therefore ostracized by others. He meets a Yaever (a dream-walker, one who is able to visit other worlds and influence them) named Yldich, who has had a prophetic dream about Rom. Rom discovers that he is both a key participant in starting and ending the war that is going on between the people of his world, and he is not sure which side he wants to fight on.

You will truly not be able to put this book down. It contains elements of fantasy, adventure, magic, war, and romance. I highly recommend Curse of the Tahiera by Wendy Gillissen to young adults and adults that enjoy a well-written and well-imagined fantasy. This book is complete, and has a satisfying ending. So I was surprised to see that there would be another book, but I am looking forward to Gillissen's next book set many years later, and finding out what happens to this world that she has created."
Reader Views, Victoria Gonzales

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Interview by Perpetual Prose

Wendy, how and when did your love for fantasy begin?

I think it really started a long time ago. I am from the Netherlands and my parents were in love with the United Kingdom. They even named me after the Welsh Moon Goddess. We travelled to the hills of England, Scotland and Wales each year since I was five years old. I loved the lonely moors, the ancient trees and the crumbling castles where, if I really concentrated I see the medieval knights and ladies walking around.

My love of reading fantasy started with reading Lord of the Rings in English at age 15 or so. It was a library book in three volumes, and you can imagine my chagrin when I had finished part two, The Two Towers, and part three, The Return of the King was checked out and not available for a week. Talk about a cliff hanger!

What can we expect from your debut novel, Curse of the Tahiéra?

“Curse of the Tahiéra” is not a typical fantasy: it’s more like a semi-historical novel set in an early medieval setting that will remind some readers of the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon world. I suppose it is really three books rolled into one: it’s a quest adventure, a coming of age tale, and a story of healing the wounds of war.

The story revolves around Rom, a young man shunned for his Tzanatzi ancestry. When he crosses paths with Yldich, a mysterious Einache Shaman, they embark on a journey which will change their lives and that of their people forever.

Faced with power-hungry Southern nobles, rowdy Northern Einache warriors, shamans and Yldich’s spirited daughter Maetis, Rom has to grow up fast if he is to fulfil Yldich’s prophecy and free his people from a curse that has haunted them for five hundred years.

Tell us about your association with OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids).

I have always been a very spiritual person, though I never gravitated towards organized religion. From a very young age on, I was convinced of the sacredness of all life. Nature-based spirituality like druidry is a way to study and celebrate the sacredness of life and the earth. I enrolled in the OBOD bardic training course (the first stage of becoming a druid, where the emphasis is on music, story-telling, and other forms of creativity) when I had first started writing, and I must admit I have been a very lazy bard as far as studying the gwersu (Welsh for lessons) is concerned. But I have been into so many bardic activities: writing, playing the Celtic harp, jewellery making… so though I am not a very conscientious student, I am living the bardic way, so to speak ;-)

Does your knowledge of Clinical Psychology, dreamwork and past life therapy ever seep into your writing?

Yes, I suppose it’s inevitable! I think my experience as a psychologist and past life therapist really helps me get into the minds and hearts of my characters and manifest them as three-dimensional beings. Healing the wounds of the past, which is what I do as a therapist, is also very much the focus of my first book. (In part two, “The Search for Tzanáta” the focus is more on power – finding your own power, and the consequences of denying or misusing your true power.)

Dreams as a reality underlying daily life has also made its way into my book – as Yldich, my shaman character explains, there are different kinds of dreams – nonsensical dreams, dreams in which you learn something important about the world or yourself, and: dreams in which you are free to explore the different worlds parallel to our own, including the Underworld. Of course you need to be very careful when entering the underworld. You might meet your darkest fears there, or your own shadow!

Dreams, when used skilfully can also serve as a great flashback device; in the novel they help Rom discover his roots and true past.

If you could collaborate with 2 authors, Wendy, who would they be and why?

Well, of course I would have loved to collaborate with professor Tolkien, but I would need a really good time machine to do that. Another author I would love to collaborate with one day is a fellow writer I just met online, Derek Hart. I just finished reading the first in his dragon novel series, a story set in World War II Britain starring sir Thaddeus Osbert, a 1500 your old dragon. Thaddeus shares some uncanny similarities with my character Yldich, a 500 year old shaman. They both have great power, great heart and a dry, British sense of humour. It would be great fun to get them together one day! What stories they could tell one another…

If I may, I would like to add a third author: one of my readers recently introduced me to an online comic called “The Abominable Charles Christopher”, a bittersweet tale about the adventures of a naïve abominable Snowman, by Karl Kerschl. What fun it would be to see him turn “Curse of the Tahiéra” into a comic!

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Sunday, 6 December 2009

New review by "One Person's Journey through a World of Books"

Sheila de Chantal, coffee lover (like me) and prolific book blogger added a lovely review of Curse of the Tahiéra on her blog One Person's Journey through a World of Books!

"I like a good fantasy adventure. Following Rom and Yldich through the pages of this book looking for an ancient curse was a wild adventure that I slowly picked up on the rhythm of the book. Sometimes language can throw me off and words such as erstwae and Daydach proved to be stumbling blocks for me and in the beginning of the book I had a hard time with these words. Thank goodness author Wendy Gillissen put the definitions (any many more words like them) in the back of the book for reference!

As our two characters travel North together there are a series of dreams that deeply trouble Rom and cause quite a plot for this read. I found it interesting how Wendy wove a deeper meaning into these dreams and how a troubled past can truly effect your present if not dealt with. For what I would call a YA read, this book was a bit deeper than I had anticipated."

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In case you're wondering: Curse of the Tahiéra is not officially classified as YA, though I imagine readers from ages 12 and up should enjoy the book depending on their taste.
Wendy Gillissen

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Past life dreams... did you ever have any?

Dreams are a big part of Curse of the Tahiéra. Dreams telling of the past, dreams foreshadowing the future...

Past life dreams are often vivid and linger long after you wake up. You experience yourself being someone else, possibly even of different gender, in another time and place - but the feelings and thoughts are real and immediate.

Did you ever have a past life dream?

In the course of my life I've had several, including a dream of a life as a medieval crusader, a young man in Cornwall who was killed by pirates (my own fault mind you, by trying to cheat them!), a pirate, a female druid... and many more!

Which cover for the sequel?

I have two choices for the cover of The Search for Tzanáta, the sequel to Curse of the Tahiéra.
As you can see, the one on the right features the lovely artwork of Michèlle Ross, a black-and-white pencil drawing of Ayra, a new character, playing a moonlight harp for the Woodland Elven King. The one on the left features my favourite tree on Kefalonia, the island where my novels were conceived. They are equally beautiful in their own way, so I am having a hard time choosing.

Which cover should I choose? Comments are more than welcome!

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Voice of the Angels Review of Curse of the Tahiéra!

"If you're a Tolkien fan, or maybe you prefer Robert Jordon or Terry Goodkind, then this book is for you. A spiritual adventure joins wayward travelers on a journey searching for the means to unravel an ancient curse.

The author's experience with psychology, past life therapy and dream work is poignantly portrayed in Rom's journey through the Underworld, which is reminiscent of a shaman's journey in the act of soul recovery.

This story, refreshingly original, blends dreams, deep spiritual understanding, the workings of karma, love, and compassion into a tale of healing and bonding.
This is a mystical novel that will take you on a journey through your own imagination and dreams and reveals stories behind stories and dreams within dreams at every turn.

Called a "Dreamwalk" by author Hans Brockhuis, of the Nada Chronicles if you're ready for a refreshing fantasy with themes that have not been overdone, nor overworked, then take a spiritual romp with the Curse of The Tahiera and Wendy Gillissen.

Wendy received her inspiration for Curse of the Tahiéra after a visit to the Greek island of Cephalonia, which only served to deepen her love of the world of "castles, elves and ghosts," from her childhood years visiting England, Scotland, and Wales.
A Celtic harpist in her spare time between her past life therapy clients, workshops, and writing, Wendy has completed work on the second book in the series, The Search for Tzanáta, which should be published shortly. Available on"

Laurie J. Brenner,
Voice of the Magazine – Winter Issue, 2009

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Perpetual Prose interview

I was interviewed about my debut novel Curse of the Tahiéra by Michel Weir of Perpetual Prose yesterday. By e-mail of course - it would be a little difficult meeting face to face, what with me living on the other side of the world.
Perpetual Prose is a community for writers, book lovers and editors. I discovered it through Twitter, where I found a link to an excellent interview with Roxanne Smolen, fellow writer.

I like e-mail interviews: they give me time to think about the answers, and let me answer at my own pace instead of blurting out what comes into my head - though I do try to blurt first, then edit. Because sometimes the spontaneous answers are the best! I also like it when an interviewer takes the time to do a little research on the author and her book(s) so the questions are not run of the mill but personal.

I will post a link when the interview is published on Perpetual Prose!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Guest Post and Giveaway at The book Faery's!

I wrote a guest post for The Book Faery Book Reviews on what made me write in the first place;) She also hosts a giveawy for Curse of the Tahiéra, so here is another chance to get your hands on a free copy!

Find the guest post and giveaway here!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Review of Secret of the Dragon's eye by Derek Hart

When I discovered Secret of the Dragon's Eye 1. is set in World War II Britain and 2. features one of my favourite mythical beasts, a dragon, my curiosity was raised and I couldn't wait to read the novel.
Mr. Hart has done his research well: in the first half of the book, life in wartime Britain is described with a lot of convincing detail and a little (British?) humour thrown in for good measure.
I couldn't wait to meet the dragon, and I wasn't disappointed: Sir Thaddeus Osbert is anything a dragon should be: he has charisma, wisdom, heart, and buckets full of dragon charm. He also has a weak spot (for sugar) which, like his fondness for humans has gotten him into trouble in the past.
It doesn't take long for Thaddeus' young friend Gavin to experience the horror and futility of war and revenge first-hand, and Gavin and his friends learn important lessons about love, courage and friendship as they are caught up in the battle for the legendary sword Excalibur, coveted by both the British wartime government and the Nazis. And just as they think all battles are done, Sir Thaddeus' past catches up with him.
A charming and exciting children's / YA historical fantasy adventure that will also appeal to adults who are young of heart!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Dragons abound!

I have always had a thing for dragons. Ever since I first read the Dragonriders of Pern books, I realized dragons had been getting bad press for ages and were much more sensitive creatures many people give them credit for.

For years, this fascination lay dormant but since I 'met' a fire-breathing dragon in one of my trance journeys a few years ago, I had been on the lookout for dragons on a more conscious level. My fire-breathing dragon had introduced himself to me as 'Fred', which made me giggle: such a common name for such an impressive creature. I felt 'Fred' (if that is his real name, I still suspect he was joking) around for quite some time, but I didn't really know how to deepen our relationship.

And then I decided to enrol in a shamanism 101 class.

Now shamanism has also been a subject to my heart for a long time. I have read quite a few books on the subject, fiction and non-fiction, and as a past life therapist I felt confident enough in my own shamanistic 'roots' to write the 500 year old shaman Yldich, one of the main characters in Curse of the Tahiéra.
Unlike I had expected, the class is mainly focusing on North American Native shamanism, which is fine with me though: I am eclectic through and through. So, I expected to meet a nice forest dweller on my trance journey to meet my totem animal. A petite big-eyed deer or a swooping falcon. I did not.
I met a dragon.
A big, red, fire-breathing dragon.

Now as 'coincidence' would have it, I was at this time also drawn to a YA fantasy novel written by a fellow writer, Derek Hart:'The Secret of the Dragon's eye', which, surprise surprise features an impressive fire-breathing dragon (not a red one, though): Sir Thaddeus Osbert. He reminds me a lot of Fred. In fact, there are strange parallels between Mr. Hart's book and 'Curse of the Tahiéra' (in which dragons make a short appearance) which makes me wonder: how many dragon-loving artists are drawing from the same source? The same archetypal well?

Anyway, I decided to bring my wee stuffed toy dragon from Wales, Sir Caradoc, to shamanism class last night. When my friend pulled into the only parking space left in the The Hague street, the Netherlands, she burst out laughing. There, in front of us, was a parked car with a bumper sticker of a red dragon on a green background.
A dragon from Wales!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Curse of the Tahiéra review on APA!:)

Curse of the Tahiéra by Wendy Gillissen is one of those rare books that simply is a gift to the reader.
One of those books that will take you away into other worlds, reach out and fully grab your attention, immersing you completely into a rich and delightful story.

The story takes place both in the physical world and in the many levels of the spiritual world. Truly, it is a spiritual adventure, taking the reader through the cycles of life, death and rebirth, without stoppage in plot or character development.
The wise Shaman, Yldich, finds Rom, whom he has been dreaming of for many years and recruits him to travel north. Young Eald joins the journey. These three characters journey together, forging strong bonds.
Rom, figures out whom and what he is while the youthfulness of Eald provides a nice balance to the serious matters that Yldich weighs.
Rom has constantly had dreams of his past and among his dreams he finds the hidden tool to use against the Tahiéra.
The authority to the south represents the new world trying to override the old and makes you question which side will win in the end.
With a surprise ending, an unexpected love interest and a cast of rich characters, this book was impossible to put down.
Wendy Gillissen’s prose is lyrical and colourful, captivating and engaging.
Curse of the Tahiéra, is an unique intelligent fantasy book, one that offers the reader an adventure not to be missed.
Tina-Sue Ducross, Authors Promoting Authors

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Fae Nation review of Curse of The Tahiera!

"When Rom, a young man shunned for his Tzanatzi ancestry, crosses paths with Yldich, an Einache Shaman, the pair embark on a journey which will come to change their lives, and that of their people, forever.
Dark forces are at work in Gardeth forest to the north, while in the south power-hungry nobles will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Embattled on all sides, but with the loving guidance of Yldich, Rom must face his own past and that of the land to heal the wounds inflicted by centuries of persecution and hatred. A 500 year old curse threatens all in its path and Rom is the key – providing he can conquer his own demons in time for the final battle.

Wendy Gillissen’s wonderful début novel is a powerful all-engrossing epic, in which love and forgiveness are essential lessons to be learned. Dreams and past lives are central to the story, and I was not surprised then to learn Wendy is a past life therapist who specialises in dreamwork. This understanding of her subject matter results in a sensitively crafted and profound spiritual adventure for both the main protagonists and the reader.
The rich history and cultures of the land in which the tale unfolds is entirely convincing, as are the story’s well rounded and sympathetic characters. I found the Curse of the Tahiéra very evocative of the myths and legends of the British Isles, particularly the Tuatha Dé Danann of Celtic legend. For all it’s depth, Wendy has succeeded in writing a thoroughly enjoyable tale which never once becomes heavy going or dull (the curse of many fantasy epics I have endured over the years!)."
Tangle Catkin, Fae Nation, Your Virtual Portal to Faerie

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Friday, 30 October 2009

Beautiful review by Brian E Erland: 5 out of 5 stars!

"It Can Be A Dangerous Thing For A Man Not To Know Who He Is"

Author Wendy Gillissen's spiritual adventure Curse of the Tahiéra succeeds on so many levels; her characters have personality, depth and personal history, the fantasy environment is vibrant, detailed and filled with mythic wonder and the storyline is absorbing and well paced from beginning to end. Plan and simple it's one of the most enjoyable fantasy books I've read in a long, long time. However my highest praise for Ms. Gillissen's book is reserved for the deep, profound spirituality oozing from her written words; her understanding of the nature of dreams, her innate knowledge of the unseen but sometimes felt lifeforce emanating from the world (or worlds?) around us and the way in which she reveals the spiritual underpinnings and karmic destiny that ultimately determine who and what we are. Many writers have attempted to wed their own personal spiritual paradigm with literary fiction and generally the results are less than satisfying. Either the 'message' overpowers the story to such a degree that the fiction is delivered flat and contrived, or the author is forced to compromise the 'message' for the sake of the tale and the readers entertainment. In both cases both the author and the reading audience are left unsatisfied and wanting.

In the case of Curse of the Tahiéra both of these pitfalls have been successfully and masterfully avoided! If you're looking for nothing more than pure fantasy entertainment this is the book for you. On the other hand if you're looking for a generous dose of spiritual insight that will help guide you in answering some of those inner nagging questions and doubts we all carry with us this is also the book for you. Now if you're looking for both, this must be your lucky day!

By Brian E. Erland (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

APA Book Feature: Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon

APA Book Blitz features the launch of Dayna van Thaer's upcoming novel: Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon!
If you are like me and love the Celtic world, pick up a copy of this book!
Available for pre-order on Amazon.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Creative Writing For Highly Sensitive Persons - 6 Tips to Boost Your Creative Flow

When surfing the net for tips on writing, I came across many articles and sites giving valid and useful tips on how to write a story that will sell - to editors, to agents, and so forth. However, for me as a creative and a highly sensitive person, much of the advice went against the grain.

For instance, the very first article I read explained how to write a proposal and approach literary agents without ever having done any writing whatsoever. Only when a buying party was attracted, the book would be written, almost as an afterthought. Now you may call me naive, but to me as a creative person this seems like the world turned upside down.

Yes, as a writer I want to be read, so of course I want to sell my books. But they have to be my words, my stories, not the stories I think agents and sales managers are going to like because they think they can sell them.

When you are writing to sell, you should probably skip this article. When you are like me and are writing from the heart, writing because you have stories to tell, you may find some of my tips useful.

And by the way: I actually believe that in the end, writing from the heart will yield a better harvest than writing for a buck - if not in a monetary sense, than at least in satisfaction, joy, and recognition from like-minded souls.

Writing tips for the high-sensitive writer

I hardly ever suffer from the dreaded writer's block, and after finishing my first 444 page novel in one year, I began to wonder why that was. I have decided it is because I am writing from the inside out. I'm not writing from the head - I'm writing from the heart. I let the stories tell themselves.

When writing from the heart, writer's block becomes a thing of the past - an obstacle that only surfaces when you start writing because you have to, not because you want to. But even when you write because you love it, you may encounter blockages and obstacles on the way.

So, here are some writing tips for writing from the heart and overcoming those obstacles.

* Write the story you want to read. Choose a setting you would like to walk around in - however gruesome or dangerous it might get sometimes. Choose a storyline you can get excited about, create conflicts for your characters you can identify with. Write characters you love - or love to hate.

* Turn off the chatter.The endless chatter of the mind can be a great distraction to creative flow. If, like me you have no patience for meditation, there other ways to silence the mind and gain inspiration at the same time. Music, art, movies that inspire you, physical activity like dance, sports, yoga, etc. can all serve to still internal chatter and get you into 'writing mode'.

* Stuck in a rut? Take a walk. Sometimes, sitting behind the computer, wondering where the story wants to go, you may get stuck in your head and the story no longer flows. When writing from the 'rut', you may find your dialogue getting stiff, your characters behaving out of character. Stop and take a walk! Get your body moving. Go do some grocery shopping. Many of my best story ideas came when cycling, or doing the dishes.

* Let's have some music! A great way to get back into the flow, and experience your story from the heart, is choosing some music that fits the atmosphere, the feel of your story or scene. Use an MP3-player, choose the appropriate music and lay down on the couch. Relax. Now, if your story were a movie, this would be the score to your movie. See what images pop up when you listen - don't try and force it, just let them flow naturally from the music and the mood. For instance, when writing medieval battle scenes, I like to listen to Hans Zimmer's 'Gladiator'.

* Let the story tell itself - go to the movies! To take it one step further, while listening to your score, you can step into the movie. You might, for instance choose a moment in the story where there is conflict, where things are moving, or about to get exciting. Step in and take a look around. It's like stepping into a time machine that can transport you to any moment in time. What is it like to be there? How does it feel? How is the overall mood? You may (and probably will) note things you had not noticed before, when you were sitting at your desk: the atmosphere, the weather and how it effects the mood, little background details that can give your story more 'backbone', etc.

* Let your characters speak for themselves. When you step into the story, you may choose one character, step into that person in your imagination and experience the scene from his/her point of view. Identify with them. What do they feel? What do they think? How do they experience their conflict? This will help you get to know your characters intimately and will truly put flesh on their bones, so to speak. It will help you write them as three - (and sometimes more) dimensional characters that live and breathe, and most importantly, feel. Alternately, you could choose a general point of view, the storytellers' perspective.

I hope you find these tips useful. They may not help you sell stories. But they may help you write stories that are authentic and alive - the kind of story I definitely would want to read!

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By Wendy Gillissen, author of Curse of the Tahiéra, the engrossing new fantasy novel

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Wonderful review by Sassy Brit!

Review by Sassy Brit AND Giveaway for Curse of the Tahiéra hosted by!

"Bound for the North through the forest of Gardeth, home of unnatural evil spirits, young Rom, a half Tzanatzi and half human boy, befriends both Yldich, an Einache Shaman, and Eald, an Einache boy. But this is no chance meeting. Little does Rom know that Yldich has had several Yaever dreams about him; dreams that will entwine their fates forever. Yildich believes that Rom can free the Einache people from a rising darkness of evil that has been brewing for five-hundred years, and yet Rom is a mere boy, without a clue to who he really is. He has so much to learn if he, and the Einache people are going to survive.

Together Rom, Yldich and Eald embark on a life changing odyssey as they are thrown into a new way of life, where the veil between his world and the underworld grows thinner each day, and people depend on him. Soon Rom is to learn that this spiritual journey will gain him the courage to learn things he never thought himself capable of, but sometimes uncovering buried secrets comes at a price. Will he be able to face his fears for the final battle and overcome the weight of the world that has been put upon his shoulders?

What a marvellous book. This is a coming of age, young adult tale, filled with a deep spiritual understanding, which I am positive has much to do with Wendy Gillissen's experience as a past life therapist, and her specialisation in dream-work. I found a few editing errors, such as characters "knitting their brows" one too many times, but overall the depth of Curse of the Tahiéra was so richly detailed with a structured plot, and a believable mystical setting, I found it hard to put down. It's been a long time since I've read a fantasy adventure like this and Wendy Gillissen has a style of storytelling that brims with imagination. It is layered with stories, within this story. She peppers words and expressions from the Tzanatzi /Einache languages throughout, but not in a way that distracts, as some books can. For your convenience these are explained at the back of the book, along with an artistic picture Gillissen drew of the lovable character, Rom. Personally I think this portrait is so good it needs to be moved to the front and not hidden away at the back. All in all the Curse of the Tahiéra is a clever debut novel, and the message is that with the understanding of our dreams anything is possible to achieve."

Sassy Brit

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Interview by Sassy Brit!

I was interviewed by the lovely Sassy Brit yesterdag morning - it was great fun! Read the interview here! is also hosting a giveaway for Curse of the Tahiéra tomorrow — read the review by Sassy Brit and comment for a chance to win a copy of this exciting new fantasy novel (if I may say so!;)

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Todd Fonseca Review of Curse of the Tahiera

Another review that has me so grateful... and stunned - in a good way! :-)

A Dreamwalk Through Past Lives

"Despised due to his Tzanatzi heritage, Rom made his living as best he could by trading and selling goods in the northern and southern Einache villages alternating between them as the seasons changed. However, while preparing to travel North directly through the bordering forest, Rom learns that this journey has become increasingly treacherous as an evil presence felt once long ago appears to be rising once again. An old Einache farmer named Yldich befriends Rom offering to accompany him on his journey. Soon Rom learns, however, that Yldich is more mage than farmer having the ability to commune with nature, call upon the animals, and sense the very fabric of all that surround them. When Rom starts to experience his own dreamwalking, he begins to wonder if perhaps his meeting Yldich is something more than a simple chance encounter with a good Samaritan. In fact, Rom learns he may hold the answer to a five hundred year old curse that threatens to destroy the lives of the Einache and Tzanatzi alike.

Wendy Gillissen's Curse of the Tahiera is a unique and fresh offering to the fantasy genre. In this debut novel, Gillissen pulls from her experience as a psychologist specializing in dreamwork and past life therapy. Through Rom the reader slowly discovers the possibilities of past lives and the impact on their contemporary vessels - how decisions made long ago have far reaching implications. While fantasy elements are present, this novel is really a character exploration of a young ostracized man dealing with his negative self view so long forged through the eyes of others and their prejudices. Through Yldich and his own inner journey, he begins to view himself and his past self differently giving context to a life previously without meaning.

Gillissen's pace and plot unfold in an effortless manner keeping the pages turning at a rapid rate. Her detailed and carefully considered narrative and use of Tzanatzi and Einache languages help to envelope the reader into this unique world. The passages where she shares Rom's emotional and physical journey through his first intimate experience and later love interest are exceptionally well written. Rom's journey to the underworld is especially well crafted besting that offered by Phillip Pullman in The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, Book 3).

Curse of the Tahiera is a complete volume although Gillissen provides a few teaser pages for the sequel The Search for Tzanata to be published soon. I for one, look forward to its release."

Rating: 4.5 of 5

Todd A. Fonseca is author of 'The Time Cavern', Amazon reviewer and creator of the wonderful blog 'Tag my book'

Monday, 28 September 2009

My Library Thing Member Giveaway: two days to go!

I decided to offer one more copy of Curse of the Tahiera for the My Library Thing Member Giveaway, so that makes the total four copies! There are currently 304 members requesting.

There are two days left to request a free giveaway copy in exchange for a review - if you'd like to read and review an engrossing new fantasy novel for free, here's your chance! Giveaway ends September 30th.

Wendy Gillissen for Curse of the Tahiéra, available at

Friday, 25 September 2009

APA Book Blitz: Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon

Julius Caesar wrote of the Celts: "The Celts were fearless warriors because they wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another..."

Seven Sisters. The infamous collection of stars align with the full moon on Hallo’een, alighting the sky for a destiny that’s waited centuries. Dru, a gifted, but tormented witch living alone on the coast of Ireland wakes to find Ty, her long-time love, mysteriously disappeared. In Paris, Katerina, an oppressed but talented dancer bravely takes the stage in one final performance before escaping a life of tyranny, looking for a freedom she’d only known in dreams. Aodh, The Dagda, a man made of ancient legends, has slumbered for two millennia. Tonight, when the moon is full and the stars are aligned, he rises from his temporary grave to find the world is not as he remembers. His people, his family, his tribe have vanquished, along with the majority of his considerable power.

Chance takes him to Dru, and together they set out to find the key to reopening his world, whilst forming a bond of friendship neither has ever previously known. During their search, Dru learns Ty was no mortal man, but a god with a prophecy to fulfill. Ty died before fulfilling that prophecy, setting off a chain of events that would forever alter the future. Devastated, Dru abandons Aodh and the life that should have already been hers, and finds herself in the company of the worst sort. She begins a sordid affair with Kas, a daemon whose insatiable lust for power is only outdone by his lust for Dru.

Separated from the only friend he knows, Aodh is left to search the world alone for answers. He meets the young and beautiful dancer, Katerina, and is instantly smitten with her grace and purity. He stays near her, pretending to be mortal, gaining her friendship. But on Katerina’s birthday, just as Aodh is ready to concede to a life of mortality, Katerina is ripped from him by Kas. Aodh’s ideas on remaining mortal are no more; he has to unlock the secrets to his world that will open a trove of unimaginable power to save the two women he loves, before time is no longer in his favour, and he loses everything.

Author's Note
This Limited Edition of Tuatha and the Seven Sisters Moon will never be reprinted. Not only does it have a special cover dedicated to the Witch City (Salem) it also holds additional content not in the standard version. This Limited Edition houses a secret chapter that will NEVER BE RELEASED in any other volume. This chapter is pivotal in the understanding of a character that weaves everyone together and offers clues up front to the other books in the series. You will also receive your copy before the standard version even hits stores. Every copy will be signed and personalized by the author. This printing will help launch the novel, my publishing firm, as well as the book tour that begins in Salem, Mass during Haunted Happenings in October.

and Author D.VonThaer please visit:


1. You're a fantasy fiction fan.
2. Ancient mythology fascinates you.
3. You enjoy stories that are richly detailed and researched.
4. Books with characters you can relate to get your attention.
5. You like supporting new authors with original work.
6. Superstitions, witchcraft, legends and myths tweak your imagination.
7. You like books that make you laugh and cry, and cry until you laugh.
8. Discovering new worlds and old legends is your cup of tea.
9. You need to know the secret content in this volume, and it will drive you crazy knowing you'll never be able to buy it again.
10. You collect books, and appreciate the value in a limited edition that will be out of print as soon as it's off the presses.

Purchase TUATHA AND THE SEVEN SISTERS SISTERS MOON on September 25th, 2009 and receive a free bookmark that matches the Limited Edition Salem Cover.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Amazon review: enhanced my own Dreamwalking

I am so grateful for the enthusiastic reviews I have received since 'Curse of the Tahiéra' was released in May this year. Sometimes I feel a reviewer has touched the essence, the soul of my book so well that I want to do a little dance and have a little cry (and sometimes I do;) Here is another of those reviews.

"I will admit that I was a little hesitant to begin this novel. Over the years I have come across too many unoriginal, formula-written fantasy clones that are apparently published out of pure ego or to make a buck. Now let me state that this does not describe this book- not at all.

Yes, this is a fantasy novel written in a fictional medieval/celtic world (the time and location are never actually spelled out but that is a good thing.) However, I detected no formula, no cliches. I found myself drawn deeper andd deeper into a genuinely well told tale. I identified with the characters and wanted to be part of their fellowship. Moreover, there was a great deal of spiritual, metaphysical, and wisdom lore artfully hung on the framework of the story without it seeming out of place. I recognised the truth of it even though the terminology was different from my own. In short, this book recharged me instead of draining me, and that is the best measure of a book from my personal experience.

I looked forward to reading this novel nightly before sleep- it certainly enhanced my own dream walking..."

Amazon review by
Oakshaman, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer

Wendy Gillissen for Curse of the Tahiéra, available at

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Review by Katinka Hesselink of All Considering

"I met Wendy Gillisen online. It turned out we have a lot in common: an interest in fantasy fiction and spirituality and what’s more, she’s also Dutch. So she sent me her novel ‘Curse of the Tahiéra. I was of course surprised that she would have written a novel in English when her first language was Dutch (it is available in Dutch as well). I have to admit, I was also skeptical of the quality. I get sent books a few times a year and they are generally not worth discussing.

The first and only ‘dutch-ism’ I could find was on the first page. The book gets better and better as you read on. Once I’d passed the first chapter, I was totally hooked. The world Wendy has created reminds one of the Middle Earth of Tolkien, but more natural. It’s reminiscent of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s interpretation of the myths of Arthur, except that this is not about king Arthur. It is clearly inspired partly by the stories of Atlantis, except that it’s not about Atlantis.

In short: Gillissen created her own world, though heavily using themes from the myths and history of Great Britain.

In this world three races of people have lived together for centuries, mixing yet always in conflict. Our main character young ‘Rom’ is of mixed descent and in consequence has had a very difficult life. It’s about to get even harder as he meets a stranger on one of his travels. That’s the start of the story. Together they get into more trouble and Rom learns the magic that is his inheritance. Together they travel their world because the wise stranger has noted a danger that he feels only Rom can avert.

The magic of this world has everything to do with dreams. Dreams which constantly mix with reality. This is a reality which Rom has to face head on and explore. Rom is a strange character: like Harry Potter he is giving, yet sometimes aggressive. As we (and he) learn more about him, the mystery deepens. Facing himself will determine the future of this world. I won’t give the plot away, but I can tell you that it will move you AND make you curious about the sequel.

The best fantasy fiction creates a world that is internally consistent and convincing. It makes us feel, if only for a few hours, that what is described could very well be. Wendy Gillissen has created such a world and I’m looking forward to the sequal which should come out this autumn.."
Read the review on Katinka's blog:
All Considering

The new Book Review

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Another review: by Poisoned Rationality

"In many, many ways Curse of the Tahiera is a book I love. The way that Gillissen interweaves the importance of the dreams of the characters to their development is wonderful. The world in which the characters inhabit is both familiar, but refreshing. The only jarring sensation I had through the first half was every time Rom or Yldich used one of the made-up words, I had to go to the back [to the glossary] to figure out what it meant. I didn't have a real sense that I would understand the words if I just kept reading through and gleening from the text the meaning.

The story begins with how Rom and Yldich meet. Which is to say, Rom gets into a bloody fight and then meets Yldich while he's recovering and not listening to common sense (which seems to be a thing he does frequently). Yldich is older then Rom, but is the more laid back one. The one who isn't worrying so much about this or that not happening. Rom is rather intense, focusing so keenly on his dreams and what they mean that it consumes him at times. They come from two different races, but don't have trouble communicating.

Occasionally the narrative was a little stiff, but this was translated from another language and even the best translations fall short of the mark. It's often hard to capture the same lyrical quality or tone that an author uses in their original language when translating to English. I see the problem often when reading manga or translated japanese novels--you can't translate it word for word (due to differences in grammar and puncuation) and if you instead translate with the 'gist' of the intent you'll likely miss important clues without even realizing it.

The climax was in fact thrilling. Rom's journey as he connected the pieces in his dreams of the past to the now of the present came together and the choices made left me feeling satisfied. Not fully, I still have a great urge to read the sequel, The Search for Tzanata (due out this autumn according to the author's website) however. "

Read the full review here:

Friday, 18 September 2009

New Review by All Considering!

Read it here:

Schiphol musing

I returned home today from a lovely trip to Greece. By plane, of course.

Flying is a strange mode of transportation: you move hundreds of miles in a day, yet most of the journey is spent waiting at the airport, waiting in line, in the plane, by the baggage belt... endless sitting, standing and waiting.

So there I was, at baggage belt no. 2 and this time I decided to let go of my instinct to get in front and stare at the luggage like a hungry hyena at a herd of cattle. I took a seat and relaxed, at the end of the belt, where I could see my suitcase coming at my leisure. If it weren't for all the pairs of legs getting in the way. In no time at all, people were crowding around the baggage belt like ants, staring at the bags and suitcases like said hyena, getting in each other's way. Tall, young men crowding out elderly ladies, so they had to scramble to get to their suitcases when they finally arrived.

It reminded me of the old story about a man who can choose whether he wants to go to Heaven or to Hell.
A man may choose between Heaven or Hell, but first he must visit both to make up his mind. So Saint Peter takes him to see Hell first, and he sees people at a great banquet, with tables laden with the loveliest foods, but their spoons and forks are so long that they cannot succeed in getting a morsel in their mouth, and they're starving for eternity. Then Saint Peter takes the man to see Heaven. To his astonishment, the situation is exactly the same. But then the man notices: in Heaven, the people are using their long spoons and forks to feed each other, and everyone is happy and content.

When I walk into Schiphol baggage hall and find the passengers habitually hauling luggage off the belt for each other and passing it down the line, instead of scrambling for their own, then I'll know we have made some progress in this world.

Readaholic: Review: Curse of the Tahiera by Wendy Gillissen

New review by Readaholic!
"Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Join Rom and Yldich's journey to save their people and learn about an ancient curse. Travel to new with an outcast and a shaman. Can they work together and do what it takes to save not only themselves, but the one's they love as well?

As you all know, I don't like to give away too much of a book. If you are a spiritual person or if you like the idea of being snatched up and literally thrown into a novel, get this book. I pretty much knew that I would enjoy it but now I'm ready for book #2! I don't really know if there will be a book #2 but I promise you I will be discussing this with the Wendy!"
Review link:
Readaholic: Review: Curse of the Tahiera by Wendy Gillissen

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Curse of the Tahiéra Book Feature on APA!

A journey through haunted forests, through dreams and time.

A story of love, magic and the power of forgiveness.

A Tzanatzi outcast and an Einache shaman are on the trail of an ancient curse.

Will they save their people from destruction?

Excerpt from Curse of the Tahiéra by Wendy Gillissen

Dead silence spanned the plain. They came with the failing of the
light. Their slender swords gleamed in the pale light of the moon.
On the other side of the plain young, inexperienced hands clutched their swords, and old men held their breath. A dark horror crept over the battlefield and smothered everything in its path.
A dark figure stood at the top of the cliff. The wind lifted strands of
midnight hair. They floated about his head as if they had a life of their own.
He steadied himself and drew his sword. His voice was a whisper.

Buy Curse of the Tahiera by Wendy Gillissen

For a chance to win a copy of Curse of The Tahiera, leave a comment telling us what country Wendy resides in and what instrument she plays (hint: check out her website). Winner will be chosen by random draw, contest closes Thursday September 10th 2009, at 12:00pm EST.

Posted by Authors Promoting Authors at 9:58 AM

APA Book Feature Color me Jazzmyne

Book Feature: Color Me Jazzmyne, Marian L. Thomas
Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Excerpt From COLOR ME JAZZMYNE, By Marian L. Thomas:

"There are moments in our lives when we are forced to open our boxes and expose our colors. For me, that moment had arrived. I woke up one morning with the sun glaring into the corners of my eyes, and the light from it burning a sense of reality in my head. It was at this precise moment, that I realized it was time to open my box, pick up the phone, and make a call to a son whom I hadn't seen, since birth. I knew it would be difficult, hard and very emotional. For both of us. And yet, this was a moment that neither could run from. It was a moment that we both would have to face. That was the beauty of reality, the nature of a moment."

To learn more about Author Marian L. Thomas please visit:
Learn about L.B. Publishing here
Buy Color Me Jazzmyne from Amazon!.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Giveaway copies!

I'm giving away three copies of 'Curse of the Tahiéra' on My library Thing in exchange for a review! If you would like to read and review an engrossing new fantasy adventure for free, here is your chance!
Find the giveaway here: My Library Thing
You may have to scroll down a bit. Giveaway ends September 30.
Good luck!

Monday, 31 August 2009

New reviews!

'I was truly amazed when I read this book. At first, I thought it would be only vaguely interesting, almost with a gothic-other worldly feeling, but with an ever increasing development of characters and scenes, I found it hard to put the book down.'
Read the whole review on Curse of the Tahiera

'The characters grew on me quickly and I had to know what was happening to them next. I still haven't quite shaken them out of my head yet.'
Read the whole review on All Booked Up: Curse of the Tahiera - Wendy Gillissen

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

'Fascinating and entertaining'

I am very pleased with my second review of Curse of the Tahiéra, by Rebeccasreads:

"Dead silence spanned the plain. They came with the failing of the light. Their slender swords gleamed silver in the pale light of the moon. On the other side of the plain young, inexperienced hands clutched their swords, and old men held their breath. A dark horror crept over the battlefield and smothered everything in its path.
A dark figure stood at the top of the cliff. The wind lifted strands of midnight hair. They floated about his head as if they had a life of their own. He steadied himself and drew his sword. His voice was a whisper. Now." (Prologue)

So begins Wendy Gillissen's "Curse of the Tahiera," a fascinating and entertaining spiritual adventure. The two main characters in the book, Rom, a Tzanatzi outcast, and Yldich, an Einache shaman, are on the trail of an ancient curse in an attempt to save their people. The magical journey that they embark on will definitely captivate your attention from start to finish.

Read the entire review on amazon!

Book Blitz for Color Me Jazzmyne

APA (Authors Promoting Authors) Book Blitz for COLOR ME JAZZMYNE, Marian L. Thomas
Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Anyone who purchases COLOR ME JAZZMYNE on August 25th receives an eco-friendly
"I Was Part of Something Special" tote bag

Child abuse, rape, struggling to live are all things women go through at least once in their lifetime.

In this tale, Naya Mona takes readers on a journey through her crayon box of life, and shows us what her true colors are as she recounts her past to her son whom she is meeting for the first time.

How do you tell your son that your father is his?
The spiral of events that fill Naya's life provides each reader an intimate look at the drama, romance and struggles that become her voice.

On stage, she must become Jazzmyne-the jazz singer. Naya no doubt commands the attention of its readers and takes them on a rollercoaster ride that is filled with the melodious tones that makes COLOR ME JAZZMYNE a true reading pleasure.

To learn more about Author Marian L. Thomas, please visit her website:

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10 Reasons & More to Buy COLOR ME JAZZMYNE
by Marian L. Thomas

1. You enjoy being engrossed in the thick of a really good story
2. You enjoy reading how one woman is able to push past her pain and live
3. You enjoy reading books that motivate and inspire
4. You enjoy reading books that show that we all can overcome trials and tribulations
5. You believe that every woman deserves a "lifetime" type of husband
6. If you have ever been raped
7. If you have ever struggled to find your voice
8. If you have ever had to relive your past
9. If you have ever suffered from child abuse
10. If you have ever had to face your "real" parents because of adoption
11. You like to support new Authors.
12. You believe that rape has become the new "hush" word in our society

Monday, 10 August 2009

My first US book review! Rating: excellent:)

Captivating from beginning to end

Though much of it takes place in a physical world of forests and stones, the real story of Gillissen’s protagonists, Rom, Yldich, and Eald who journey through enchanted lands northward, is one of kinship and illusion as they struggle to save their people from the destructive power of an entity known as the Tahiéra.
Gillissen uses dreams the way that an artist might use watercolors to paint a vivid portrait. Her expressions are at once clear and beautiful as they are abstract and distant, eventually culminating in an ending revelation that is unforeseeable (unless, of course, you’ve “dreamwalked” through the story already).

Rom is haunted by “énthemae” dreams, or dreams of his past which reveal a power in him to confront the Tahiéra. As he learns these things throughout his journey, he becomes acquainted with “ayúrdimae” dreaming, or “dreamwalking”. “Curse of the Tahiéra” is full of mystical enchantments and riveting adventures, but it’s these particular facets which make it different from most other fantasy novels. Gillissen creates a dream world within a dream world; worlds inside of other worlds which are constantly in motion. It might seem complicated, but Gillissen handles them all like a well trained juggler, and the show is spectacular.

Rating: excellent
Eric Jones

Read the entire review here:

Giveaway in Holland / Een boom voor een boek!

I'm giving away 10 signed copies of the Dutch edition of 'Curse of the Tahiéra'!
What do you have to do?
Donate € 10,- to the Tree Foundation before 09-09-09 and send me an e-mail to confirm!
The details are here!

Ik doneer 10 gesigneerde exemplaren van 'De Vloek van de Tahiéra' aan de bomenstichting!
Hoe werkt het?
Doneer €10 aan de Bomenstichting voor 09-09-09 en stuur me een e-mail met bevestiging.
Meer informatie over deze actie vind je hier!

"Een boom is buitengewoon"

Friday, 31 July 2009

All Booked Up

Recently I discovered All Booked Up, a very interesting Blog for lovers of fantasy, science-fiction and historical novels:

"Reviews of the books I read. A mix of all sorts from classic to new books, history to science fiction/fantasy and beyond. Also the occasional rambling post about books and reading in general.

To my delight, All Booked Up was willing to do a review of Curse of the Tahiéra. I will post a link when it is published.

All Booked Up: First (and second) hardcopy book for review.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Authors of Myspace

I'm so pleased Authors of Myspace posted a little interview with me on their blog, as well as a description of my newly released book!
You can read the interview here
(you may have to scroll down a bit)

Friday, 3 July 2009

Illustration for the sequel!

Michèlle Ross, talented artist from England tapped into the magic world of the Tahiéra and did a gorgeous illustration for the sequel!

Here is a detail of the illustration.
Click on the picture to get a bigger resolution.

The complete picture will be in the sequel: 'The Search for Tzanáta.'
Out this autumn!

Visit Michèlles website
for more of her artwork.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Bardic inspiration

It remains a mystery to me where inspiration comes from.

I had taken a number of books with me on my trip to Kefalonia to feed my imagination, among which was 'Celtic Myths and Legends'.

One afternoon I was sipping an overpriced cappuccino in the 'demi-mondaine' (to Kefalonian standards) harbour of Fiskardo when I felt it. A cloud of inspiration. It came from overseas, drifted towards me and passed through me, a cloud of images, colours, feelings, and impressions. Celtic impressions. How I knew that? I felt it.

The impressions haven't formed into definite stories or parts of stories yet, but never mind. They came, and will do their thing. What, and how? I don't know. But it feels good.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Inspired by Kefalonia - the Peace Tree

Well, I just got back from an inspiring two weeks on my favourite Greek island - the lovely green island of Kefalonia, where Curse of the Tahiera was 'conceived'.

The beautiful ancient olive tree that is featured on the cover of the book grows here, on the hill above Antisamos overlooking Sami bay, where a few great blocks of stone from the Mycean period (2000 BC) still stand proudly. His/her mate, another stunning ancient olive tree, stands a few meters away, overlooking Antisamis bay.

I took a moment to connect with this lovely tree, that has many faces (I've taken about 30 photographs!) and must have seen a lot of history. Much of the lovely many-flowered island's history is violent, with invaders coming at it left and right for centuries. Among them were the Romans, who laid siege to the beautiful proud ancient Mycean city of Same (Sami) on top of the hill and finally conquered it, the last of the four Kefalonian city-states to be taken, and took the inhabitants away as slaves.

Yet when I connected with this place for the first time, I felt nothing but peace and joy - somehow, the earth only seems to remember the heart-felt pride of the people who dwelt here for centuries, their joy and zest for life, and the dance of the nymphs that still dwell in the caves in the hills!

The tree itself, an amazing example of perpetuating life, young branches and new leafs sprouting from seemingly dead wood, exudes a wordless kind of peace. I sat with it, touching its rough bark, and imagined myself being the tree, seeing it all for centuries, the sieges, the wars, the pirate attacks, and finally the nazis taking over the island in World War II.
And all I felt this tree radiating was: 'It is all well. All is Peace. All is Well...'

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

The English edition!

The English edition of Curse of the Tahiéra is now available!
I'm so thrilled!
US and UK residents may order it through Booklocker (it will also be available through Amazon and other online bookstores soon).
Or order your copy at your amazon store!

Residents of the Netherlands and other European countries may want to order directly from my site...there will be a limited number of signed copies available soon ;-)

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

English edition!

Yay, the English edition of Curse of the Tahiéra has been accepted for publication by Booklocker in the U.S.!
They accept less than 10% of proposals, so I'm very proud:-)
I'm doing a last manuscript check-up at the moment; it will take about a month before the book is in print.
I'm very happy with Booklocker, sympathetic no-nonsense people who are always happy to help!:-) If you're curious about Booklocker, there's a link to them under 'Favorites'.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Signeren in Amsterdam

Op 2e paasdag signeer ik in de Frontier Bookshop in Amsterdam! Zin om langs te komen en in een informele sfeer van gedachten te wisselen? Kom dan langs tussen 14:00 en 17:00 aan de Leliegraacht 42 in Amsterdam.

Frontier Bookshop heeft een uitgebreid assortiment aan boeken, tijdschriften, DVD's, video's, instrumenten en kristallen op het gebied van grensverleggende onderwerpen, zoals: Alternatieve geneeswijzen, Alternatieve gezondheid, New Age, enz.

Saturday, 4 April 2009


Bonzie is a fashion studio in Ireland where Bonzie and her aunt Ger make the most scrumptious creations you might label as 'tattered steampunk chique'.

On the back cover of 'Curse of the Tahiéra' I'm pictured wearing one of her creations.

When Bonzie mailed me she would do a feature on me in her 'Client corner' I didn't expect it to be so extensive! Not only does she mention the book, but also the outfit I might be wearing on the cover of part two, 'Search for Tzanáta'!

Thanks Bonzie, you're the greatest!:-D

Celtic inspiration

Music is one of the things (besides nature) that inspire me most. The writing process usually starts with an our on the couch with an mp3-player with a stock of Celtic tunes by Loreena McKennitt, Omnia and Altan, but also less well-known artists (at least, in the Netherlands) like Cecile Corbel, Catriona McKay and Julie Fowliss.

Tradional Celtic folk music has a particular inspiriational power. If I can, I try playing the ancient melodies myself.

Here is a song by Omnia that brings me to the Wood at once, with its dancing elves, and the daunting figure of the Woodland King, a being that represents both dark and light, for transcending them he is both... Because in nature there is no good or evil, everything IS.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Waar komen de verhalen vandaan?

Op Spiritueel Magazine online plaatste ik vandaag een artikel: 'Waar komen de verhalen vandaan?'

Toen ik net met het schrijven van mijn eerste spirituele roman, ‘De Vloek van de Tahiéra’ begonnen was, zocht ik wat literatuur om meer inzicht te krijgen in het ambacht van het schrijven.

Een van de titels op mijn verlanglijstje was ‘Where do stories come from?’ (Waar komen de verhalen vandaan?). Die titel intrigeerde me. Maar het lukte me niet het boek te pakken te krijgen. Misschien moest ik zelf ontdekken waar de verhalen vandaan komen?

Iedereen kent wel het fenomeen ‘writer’s block’, met het bijbehorende beeld van de schrijver die zich wanhopig de haren uit het hoofd trekt terwijl hij zich blind staart op een lege pagina (of computerscherm). Gelukkig heb ik er weinig last van. Ik ga op de bank liggen met mijn mp3-spelertje, doe mijn ogen dicht en de verhalen beginnen te stromen. Maar waar komt die inspiratie eigenlijk vandaan?

Lees verder op Spiritueel Magazine Online!

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Onlangs zag ik opeens de officiele Biblion recensie op een van de sites die De Vloek van de Tahiéra verkopen staan! Ik was er behoorlijk verguld mee:-)
Hieronder de recensie!

Rom, een halfbloed Tzanatzi, wordt overgehaald mee te gaan met Yldich naar zijn huis in het noorden van het land.
Yldich is een Einache en een belangrijke tovenaar voor zijn volk. Er zijn steeds meer duistere gevaren in het land van de Einache die te maken hebben met de oorlog tussen Einache en Tzanatzi 500 jaar geleden. Yldich is ervan overtuigd dat hij Rom nodig heeft om het naderend gevaar af te weren omdat Rom episoden uit die tijd kan herbeleven.
De reis van Rom en Yldich kent diverse gevaren: een wrede edelman die een wrok heeft tegen Rom en geesten uit het verleden die het heden steeds meer beïnvloeden.
Rom komt door de gebeurtenissen steeds vaker in een staat van droomwandelen waardoor heden en verleden door elkaar lopen en uiteindelijk bij elkaar komen in de climax van het verhaal.
Het boek is uitgegeven met een grote bladspiegel, erg kleine letters en dunne pagina's.
Doordat het vlotgeschreven en spannend is, leest het omvangrijke verhaal toch makkelijk weg.
De auteur (1969) is gespecialiseerd in droomwerk en regressietherapie.
Paperback met een kleurenfoto van een oeroude boom op het omslag.

(NBD|Biblion recensie, B. de Leeuw)

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Werken aan de Engelse versie

In het weekend na Oud en Nieuw wilde ik de hectische Randstad ontvluchten en ging ik naar het prachtige Drenthe om de oude aarde onder m'n voeten te voelen, hunebedden te bezoeken en wat te werken aan de Engelse versie van De Vloek van de Tahiéra.

Van werken kwam niet veel, want door de wisselende weersomstandigheden waren er veel te veel mooie plaatjes te schieten...In het monumentendorpje Orvelte vonden we een plasje met ijs in bizarre kristalformaties...nog nooit gezien!

Als je goed kijkt zie je overal schoonheid, zelfs in de modder;-)

Eerste signeersessie!

Op Lichtjesavond 16 december beleefde ik mijn eerste signeersessie in het gezellige winkeltje 'Blizz' in Delft.

Het was een bijzondere ervaring: ik ontmoette mensen die ik lange tijd niet gezien had, en leuke nieuwe mensen die enthousiast waren over mijn boek.

Het was ook spannend omdat de eerste druk bijna verkocht was, gelukkig had ik net genoeg boeken over voor de laatste bestellingen van het jaar! :-)