Serena Mendez is haunted and she is hunted…
… Haunted by trauma—terrified and scarred as a young child, when a secret initiation into an ancient order of Lightbringers went horribly wrong. Unaware of the power latent in her blood, she is haunted by a life out of sync with her true identity. At twenty-one, she is abrasive, jobless, in debt, and addicted to sedatives. Haunted by her past, she knows nothing of her destiny.
… Hunted by an enemy—ruthless and powerful, a Brotherhood that has been pitted against the Luminarian Sects for thousands of years. An ancient struggle continues—The War of the Two Serpents—a saga extending back to the dawn of civilization, to the time of the second breaking, when the elite sought dominion over the masses. Those serving truth and light opposed these dark forces. In return they were persecuted, burned as witches, suppressed and nearly defeated by the powers of darkness.
But the flame was not extinguished.
An old Navajo dream-walker had a plan to open the seven chakras mystically binding Serena’s power. To fulfill her true destiny, to unleash the latent power within her blood, Serena journeys to six continents where she uncovers the truth of who she is, and what she must do.
A warrior stirs, a Lightbringer. She is Serena Mendez. She is awakening. She is a Candelaria…
When and where do you prefer to write?
First, I want to thank my host for the opportunity to share some thoughts about myself and my writing.
I have a home office where I do all my writing. There is no set schedule for me and no particular time of day that seems to affect my writing. On occasion, I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, a scene, a snippet of dialogue and need to capture that.
Do you have a certain ritual?
I walk in a circle counterclockwise for three turns, face the East, genuflect on one knee, and then burn a bowl of incense the ingredients for which are an alchemical secret. Not really. I am undisciplined with respect to writing routines and rituals. When the muse grabs hold, I write feverishly. When I “force” myself to write, the end result is uninspired.
Do you like a drink or something to nibble on while you write?
When I’m in the zone, I can lose sense of time, hunger, and thirst. In general, other than morning coffee or a bottle of water, I usually do not eat or drink at my desk.
Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?
I write both nonfiction and fiction in multiple genres. My latest release is a suspense/thriller but I just completed the manuscript for a satire. I had a science fiction novel published a few years ago. I have several published short stories, primarily science fiction. Most of my nonfiction is focused on health and wellness.
What is/are your favourite book(s)?
I read and enjoy quite a bit of new thought books such as Manifesto for the Noosphere. The Untethered Soul is among my favorites. George R.R. Martin’s series: A Song of Ice and Fire, which I started reading in the 90’s when they first were published, are high on my list of favorites. Dune is great! I need to reread it before the next movie adaptation is released. I loved Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, both by Heinlein.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Absolutely. Often there are certain personality or behavioural characteristics that I have observed in someone that I know and I incorporate these elements into a character. These character attributes are sometimes reflections of myself, the way I think and/or behave.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
That seems to me to be a dangerous question. Collaborating with someone would be required in order to co-write a book. I can think of many people I would like to spend
time together with in order to discuss aspects of the human condition and spiritual growth. Eckhart Tolle comes to mind. I can think of quite a few other people I would like to spend time with but mentioning them would be unwise 😉.
Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No. I use old fashioned pen and paper and occasionally voice record a memo into my phone when an idea pops up.
Which genre(s) do you not like at all?
I’m not a fan of horror. I generally don’t care for romance but am fine with romance being part of a story that’s classified in another genre.
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
There are so many places in the world I would like to go to and incorporating research for a book would make it more meaningful. In this recent novel, Serpent Rising, the main character travels to India, Australia, Greece, Egypt, Mexico, and Peru. In a sense I travelled with her via home-based research; although, I’ve been to Greece and Mexico.
Among these places, I would choose Peru in order to research ancient archeologic and sacred places.
Thank you, Victor Acquista and Pump Up Your Book
About the Author
Victor Acquista has become an international author and speaker following his careers as a primary-care physician and medical executive. He is known for “Writing to Raise Consciousness.” His multi-genre works include fiction and nonfiction and often incorporate social messaging to engage readers in thought-provoking themes.
He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, the Florida Writers Association, Writers Co-op, and is a Knight of the Sci-Fi Roundtable.
When not pondering the big questions in life and what’s for dinner, he enjoys gardening and cooking. He lives with his wife and dog in Ave Maria, Florida.
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