Monday, November 26, 2012

The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening by D.E. Lamont


 



 
Tacu, a young Tongva brave struggles to understand and survive the baffling & often dangerous lessons of Takoda, his mysterious spiritual mentor, so he will be allowed to undergo his formal initiation into manhood. Only by doing so can he earn back the respect of his peers & court the maiden he loves, for he is now shunned by the village as a coward. But hr is being held to a different, difficult path. He never imagines the crucial impact these spiritual adventures will have on him or how dramatically his life will change before his journey to manhood is complete.
 
 
 
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Welcome!  Thanks for stopping by and agreeing to answer some of my questions.  J  Tell us about your current release.
My first published book, The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening, came to be through an almost visionary means. Each step along the way, it was a question of, do I seize this moment and opportunity and strive to achieve my objective, or do I just let it go? In the early to mid- 1990s I had been thinking a lot about story ideas, but not really doing anything about it. I didn’t yet know how to write a complete story. Then one night, in a startlingly clear fashion I dreamed and “lived” a basic concept for a storyline with a very spiritual setting. I literally leaped out of bed in the morning and wrote down all that I recalled, and started outlining the story. It took me a long time—years—as I worked through it, but with this story I both learned how to write a story, and ended up making the decision to be a writer. It has won three awards and has received excellent reviews, and while I am very proud of that, mainly I want people to enjoy it and get something out of it. If it does that for people, that’s all I really care about. It is an inspirational story and probably a good gift for the holidays!

Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you as a writer?
Yes, the late Ray Bradbury in his excellent book, Zen in the Art of Writing, and all those wonderful friends who saw something they liked in my work and told me so.  
Illustration copyright 2011
by D.E. Lamont, all rights reserved.
What do you think makes a good story?
 
Vivid characters the readers care about (or are fascinated by), who find themselves in a predicament or conflict that means everything to them. The characters struggle their way through this puzzle or fight and are forced to grow or change in doing so. Finally after impossible odds, they surmount their difficulties to win or succeed, and in so doing show us that their struggle was worthwhile—and satisfying to the reader.


What are you passionate about these days?
Writing and discovering the new worlds and universes that come to me as I write, and being able to move, entertain, surprise, or enlighten my readers.

Why should we read your book?
Let me quote from a really nice review:  "I found this 'journey' easy to follow, easy to enter into with Tacu, easy to rejoice, hurt, and cry with him on his path to maturity. The illustrations were well-executed and added visual delight to this fine book. This book is nearly flawless and I found few areas, if any, that I could comment on in the area of improvements—it was very inspirational."
                —Judge's Commentary, 19th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Jan. 2012
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it? 
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:
                “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
                Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
                —W.H. Murray, in The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
Do you have a Website or Blog?
Yes. My website is located at http://thewayoftheeagle.com and my blog is located at http://blog.thewayoftheeagle.com
Is there real magic in the world—magic in the very best sense?
My answer:  Yes. The world is made of magic, woven out of our original dreams, and kept alive by our present and continuing dreams and intentions. And the world responds to the lightest, finest touch of magic from any of us. You, each individual being, can rediscover that magic and all your  fondest dreams and higher spiritual abilities in spite of all that this hard, burdensome physical universe has been doing for eons to pound you into dust.



 
D.E. Lamont debuted as a fiction author with her inspirational novella, The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening. In this story set in the world of the original peoples of Los Angeles, a young Tongva brave, Tacu, struggles to understand and survive the baffling and often dangerous lessons of Takoda, his mysterious spiritual mentor from the North. Only then will he be allowed to travel to the village at the Place of the Stones to undergo his vision quest and manhood initiation, and only then might he earn back the respect of his peers and court the maiden he loves. Tacu never imagines the crucial impact these teachings will have on him or how dramatically his life will change before his journey to manhood is complete.

The book was selected as a “Weekly Pick” by Kirkus Reviews and has been honored with three awards:  Finalist in Cross-Genre Fiction in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, Silver Medal Finalist in the Novella category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and Finalist in Visionary Fiction in USA Book News’s Best Books 2011. The Way of the Eagle is graced with original black and white illustrations by conservationist/author/artist J.H. Soeder.  

Ms. Lamont’s most recent publication is a romantic mystery, the novelette Lost Without Love - A Hollywood Tale of the Future. Before that she published Two Short Fantasies: A Starry Night's Dream and The Prisoner. She is presently working on a novel as well as the sequel to The Way of the Eagle.  

D.E. Lamont lives with her husband in an apartment north of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River. Shortly before publishing The Way of the Eagle, a fierce winter storm produced an unusual phenomenon on the river, which is mile-wide as it flows between the high Palisade cliffs of New Jersey and the hills of southern Westchester County. The river was transformed into a mystical rolling river of clouds that moved majestically downstream before her eyes. This unique phenomenon inspired her indie publishing company’s name, “Cloud River Press.”

My social media links are as follows:

https://twitter.com/DELamont1

 
 
 
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Kelly B said...

I can't wait to read this book. I love the cover. I enjoyed your insight into writing and how you get your inspiration. Have a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.