About my book, “The Otherling”

The otherling 2016

Before I give you a synopsis of my novel, I’d like to tell you a little about what is means to me, and how it came to be.

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always had a beautiful love affair with the written word. Whole worlds can be created and lived in with words, reaching into the minds of readers and placing them in the middle of the action and emotion. Because of this, reading was a favorite past time for me. Through books I could live many lives and experience things that I had no other way to experience.

As a writer, I desperately wanted to be able to do that too, to inspire people, to help them out of the tediousness of their everyday lives, to bring them something exciting and worthwhile. I wanted to reach the most sacred depths of my readers and leave a footprint there. I craved leaving an emotional memory in their being, a memory lived through the written word.

I first began to get noticed for my writing when I lived in England and attended a traditional English school there. Stories I wrote would sometimes be read aloud by the teacher, encouraging me to write more often, and to write as well as I could.

In my teen years, I continued to write, mostly poetry. I had many notebooks I loved to fill with stanzas of emotional words. Occasionally I would get published in a magazine called Teen Ink that has now grown nation wide since my days of high school, when it was just a New England wide publication. Today high school students all over America can submit and enjoy poetry, stories, articles, photography and artwork.

Later, during my reading of mystical tomes, esoteric works and the like, I found a particular love for angels. I loved that they were beings of pure light, and I was fascinated when I learned that there were several different species of angels. The more I read about them, the more I knew I wanted to write about them. I wanted to make sure I represented them as accurately as possible, so I read everything I could get my hands on.

Happily, the more I read, them more ideas I came up with, until finally, I began the first few chapters of my novel, “The Otherling.” I wanted to write something unique, to put a twist on the whole idea of angels and present it in a way that you, the reader, would feel connected to what was happening, and anxious to turn the page to find out what would happen next.

It is my hope that my book will draw you into a wonderful new world, where the characters you meet will come to life before you and live in your heart long after the final page has been read.

Welcome to the world of The Otherling.

So here is my official blurb about “The Otherling.”

“After losing her mom at the age of four, delving into her mother’s religion of Wicca and eclectic witchcraft is one way Annaleah Grace had chosen to find herself and her own sense of integrity. Though this path had made her an outcast, it also opened up a world in which being so different might actually be the saving grace our world desperately needs for it’s own redemption from the Darkness.

For Annaleah, being true to herself has always been more important than fitting in with society’s expectations. Even if that meant waking up from a nightmare with Georgia red clay from the Hellish scene still wet on her feet. Or that she has to hold her own against the debonair and mysterious Professor Sebastian Bainbridge, the University’s mysterious, intimidating genius with whom she will be teaching World Religions.

As her dreams begin to be more than mere dreams, haunting her into the waking world, Annaleah knows something intense and powerful is going on.

When she is befriended by angels of the Light, and neutral angels who have fallen but not yet claimed the Darkness, she knows that there is something important she must do. She must stand and fight against the angels that have taken the Darkness and made it their own.

She must prepare for war.”

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