Hi there! I’m Dyane. Chris invited me to this awesome party, you know, as a way to get to meet new people. It’s hard to get noticed, right? So parties like this really help. Anyway, what do you do with your spare time? … … Oh, you’re a Reader! That’s great! I love to read as well. I write books too, though I’m a social worker by profession. Yes, yes, it’s very tough work but I think that learning to see the world through other people’s eyes makes me empathetic to others and really supports my writing. Contrary to all this nervous blathering, I actually write some deep, soulful pieces—novels, flash fiction, short stories and sometimes even poetry. My goal is to touch readers’ emotions, not just tickle the surface. … … What’s that? You’d like to hear about my books? You really are too kind! Oh, dear, you’ve gone and filled my glass with wine. You know once I start, I’ll never stop talking. … … Really? You don’t mind at all and want to hear about my books? Well then, please, have a seat! And oh, make sure to keep this glass filled to the brim!
The idea for The Purple Morrow started a few years back when I wanted to explore themes related to loss, redemption, and moving forward. The story of a man unable to deal with the past while being thrown into a crisis demanding that he settle things in order to move on seemed a good place to start. I also enjoyed writing about a multi-cultural world where people look different as well as behave different based on their culture and beliefs. Exploring the interplay between good and evil and its effects on certain characters was a challenge but one well worth taking up. I’m developing the third book right now, and I love how each book allows me to delve deeper into these subjects which results in a realistic and engaging fantasy world. It’s enriching for me as an author, and based on reader comments, rewarding for them as well.
The Rovers had been sent to decimate the Southernlands. Instead, they awoke its savior.
Ten years have passed since the Rover army tore through the Southernlands, leaving behind a trail of devastation and death. Most believed the attacks were random acts of brutality. The wise, however, knew the truth: the Rovers sought to destroy the one thing powerful enough to thwart their conquest. They were searching for the Papilion.
A new commander, bent on completing the mission left unfinished by his predecessors, leads the Rovers back into the Southernlands. Fierce and determined, he comes armed with a precious artifact and a secret purpose.
While the Southernlands reel under the new terror, the Purple Morrow, a harbinger of hope, appears to Jeru, an unsuspecting and solitary clan hunter. Finding himself enmeshed in a series of incredible events beyond his control, Jeru is compelled to take the first steps towards discovering his ultimate destiny.
The Purple Morrow is destroyed. The Northmen push harder to conquer the Southernlands. Jeru, newly wed and desiring only to settle into a simple life, is forced to accept that his trials have just begun.
Revenge on his mind, Kelen battles forces of good and evil as he tries to discern truth from lies while saving his own skin.
Jeru and Kelen will meet again. And when they do, no one is prepared for the aftermath.
I found a self-publishing company through my editor and worked with them to get the first book published.
I love action and adventure movies. The more explosions, kung-fu or stunts involved the better. I also love visually stimulating movies that draw me into the fantasy-world where the story is taking place. I’m quite into anime at the moment, exactly for those reasons.
Well, as stated, The Purple Morrow is about a man, Jeru, struggling to let go of the past in order to do what has to be done today. Jeru is an Everyman-type, written that way so that the reader can relate to him and put himself or herself in his shoes to ask the question, “If this were me and I had to overcome the most painful events in my life for the greater good, would I (could I) do it?” Book 2, Wolf’s Bane, takes the story further where Jeru has made his decision but is coping with its effects on his life, present and future. Kelen, the main villain in Book 1, also takes centre stage as he comes to terms with certain truths and lies while his identity and destiny hang in the balance. Book 3, Berserker, tells of the final clash between these men bound by fates beyond their control.
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