The Alchemy of Turning Words to Gold
By Tamara Veitch DeFazio and Rene DeFazio
How do authors pull in readers and get them connected? A novel is an escape but we must see ourselves in the story for it to become a favorite. J.K. Rowling mastered this with the gang of personalities at Hogwarts, Jane Austen’s stories live on hundreds of years later because there is something of the Bennetts in all of us. When does the alchemical transformation from words to gold happen?
We can read about someone like us, on a journey like ours, and it may feel like a comfy sweater. It might be a cherished reminder that we are not alone and that all is okay. Ideally, a novel will be an adventure that takes us to unusual places, and introduces us to new people and situations that stretch our imagination. When a book takes us outside our comfort zone, exposes us to other possibilities, yet still land us firmly back in our life and identifying completely with the plight of the characters, there is brilliance. There is the gold.
One Great Year endeavors to do all these things …but how?
Venturing through five lifetimes, from 13,000 years ago to present day, we begin the story with Marcus and Theron; lovers and soulmates in a Golden Age. The reader is transported to a beautiful, pristine world on the verge of collapse, where telepathy and quantum connections are the norm and where the main characters have a profound connection beyond most. We are often asked how we made such an outlandish world seem plausible even to non-fantasy readers, and the answer is truth.
There are two important facets of truth: emotional and intellectual. To build our ‘truth’ we began with years of research. We found that building our fictional world upon real historical and scientific research gave it roots and led to amazing storylines that begged to be written. Readers immediately identified with the story and felt at home in its pages. Throughout the lifetimes we set our characters in real world locations and use the local dress, food, customs and languages to bring the narrative to life. Ultimately, if reincarnation is real, and we stayed true to how the Ages were described, people should identify with the story and they certainly have!
“I feel like you’re telling my story!” we’ve heard constantly. Some of our characters, like Genghis Khan and Aristotle,are pulled right from the pages of our world history and the Great Year Cycle, that is the backdrop for the novel, is described in ancient Vedic texts from India and in Ancient Greece by Plato among 30 other ancient civilizations.
Beyond intellectual research, the most important golden quality In One Great Year is its heart and emotion. When the main characters reincarnated throughout the ages, Marcus has memory and Theron does not. He pursues her, tortured by his feelings of isolation, loneliness and longing. He remembers every birth, death, and loss, but the beauty, the ‘gold’ is that there is love, and hope and connection. The truth is, as terrible as this world can be, it can be equally as beautiful. It is a shared human story. The gold, is that our humanity connects us and our stories aren’t all that different from one another no matter how fantastic the drama. When an author can tap in to this shared Oneness a novel will become an oft re-read favorite and the alchemy of word-smithing is complete.
Thank you Brooke! We want to send a shout out to our readers and indie bookstores and bloggers! Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy yet please do. The sequel to One Great Year will be released later this year.
Brooke Blogs Guest Post (http://www.brookeblogs.com – March 17, 2015)