Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio have hit the jackpot on their first outing as authors. One Great Year took three-and-a-half years to write, and within five months of self-publishing, they won two awards with it, had it optioned for three Hollywood movies and were picked up by a U.S. publisher that is relaunching the book this fall.
And they got engaged after the novel was finished.
“It’s been magical,” said Veitch. One Great Year has been described by early reviewers as Indiana Jones meets Eckhart Tolle. The story revolves around one man, Marcus, who is chosen as Emissary at the end of the last great age to go into the next as a bearer of light and knowledge. The thing is, he, unlike the other Emissaries, has taken a potion to retain all his past life memories as he goes through life after life of a changing and darkening time.
The concept of a great year – of about 26,000 years – can be found throughout history and cultures around the world. Along with the ancient wisdom that is talked about in the book.
Veitch credits this focus on history and accuracy as one of the reasons for their success.
“I think one of the biggest things is having the life experience,” she said. “We’re not 20. We’re both in our 40s and Rene just hit 50, and we spent three-and-a-half years researching the history, the ancient wisdom, the lifestyles and everything – every single facet of this book we wanted to ring true. And I honestly feel like we’ve just done a second university degree in history and ancient wisdom.”
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