Sunday, April 15, 2012

REINCARNATION AND WRITING Guest Blog by Marie Symeou




 As a fan of history, I feel a strong pull towards the periods I write about and I'm deeply passionate about my chosen eras. I suppose I have to be if I'm going to be carrying out such extensive research.

However, I’ve often wondered if there’s something deeper going on here, like a past life link.

 I have always believed in reincarnation. It makes sense to me. And I truly believe in the idea of soul mates, but not nessessarily the happy-ever-after-only-one-soul-mate-for-me ideal. No, I believe that soul mates are meant to teach us something and that there is a reason they come into our life.

 Could I have lived in the times I choose to write about?

Well, who's to say that I didn't? In my novel Frozen In Time (Book 1 in the Blood of the Gods Trilogy), the setting is Ancient Greece, which is an era I've always been fascinated with ever since I was a young girl. In Book 2 of this trilogy we will be travelling through the Middle Ages of England and Renaissance Italy, both time periods that also interest and inspire me. And then, in Book 3, we arrive in Regency England and travel on to Italy and Switzerland. I am working on both these books now and hope to be publishing them by the end of this year.

Another thing I've always loved and seems to conjure up past life memories for me is Celtic music. I cannot explain how much this music connects with my soul. It really gives me shivers when I hear it. Though I've yet to write a novel about the Celts, there is an element of Celtic myth in Frozen In Time, where I've kind of mixed Greek myth with Celtic myth, and not forgetting the little sprinkling of Norse myth I added too.

 And talking of Norse, I recently discovered a new fascination with Scandinavia. On my first visit to Sweden ten years ago, where my brother lives, I felt quite strange and tearful when I first caught sight of the little wooden houses along the shore as the plane landed. I became instantly enchanted and felt that I was entering a fairytale land.

The scenery was absolutely breathtaking, even if it was quite foggy at the time. It all seemed familiar to me, and yet I’d never really known anything about Scandinavia up until then. I mean, I naively thought it always snowed!

 So, whether I actually lived in these times or in these lands in a previous life, it doesn't really matter because my fascination inspires me to create stories, which is what I truly love to do.

 Thank you for having me on your blog.
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FROZEN IN TIME


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Set in Ancient Greece, at the time of Alexander the Great, a time when the spirit world of gods and goddesses and other immortal beings bleeds into the world of mortals, Frozen in Time is an engaging story of a love that can transcend anything. Even death or banishment to otherworldly realms, or the transformation of the lovers into immortal beings.

After the death of his wife in childbirth, Philip, grief stricken and suicidal, joins the army of his half brother Alexander, with whom he has a very uneasy relationship. But the world of immortals has other plans for him and the vampiric monster, Scylla, plays on his grief by seducing him in the form of his dead wife. Horrified when he discovers the truth and that he too is now one of the immortals, it becomes his life’s quest to escape Scylla, find a way of destroying her forever and also reunite himself with his beloved wife in one way or another.

AUTHOR BIO


Marie Symeou was born in North London, where she still lives. She is the author of FROZEN IN TIME, a historical vampire fantasy set in Ancient Greece, and AGE OF DREAMS, a semi-autobiographical tale of fame, love and addiction set in the 1980s. She also writes screenplays and song lyrics, and is the vocalist of Violet Eternity. She is currently working on the sequel to FROZEN IN TIME.



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1 comment:

Erin AlMehairi said...

Nice post Marie!!