Friday 21 August 2020

Blog Tour: Interview with Lali. A. Love Author of Heart of a Warrior Angel @laliaristo @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Heart of a Warrior Angel by Lali. A. Love. I have an interview with the author today and if you like the sound of that, you can click here to order your copy now. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more exclusive content and reviews. There are also some exclusive videos at the bottom of this post if you want another taste of this book.

Here's what it's all about...

Lilac Noble must face the traumatic experiences of her childhood before she can conquer the dark entities that have wreaked havoc on her family. On this epic journey, Lilac undergoes the destructive process of spiritual enlightenment in order to lift the veil of darkness and shame that has obscured her youth. As Lilac unlocks painful memories of abuse, suppressed in her subconscious from years of fear-based conditioning, she uncovers menacing secrets feeding the evil within her generational bloodline. In an attempt to vanquish the sinister energies, Lilac finds the courage to discover her inner truth, vulnerability, and authenticity, as she awakens her divine light and overcomes her debilitating fears of the past. Lilac's unconditional love for her family guides her through her process of healing and transformation, fuelling her instinct for survival and her burning desire to illuminate the world.

Spanning two continents and three generations, this inspirational novel portrays the best and worst of humanity and shows how the "tiniest spark of light can overcome the darkness of any magnitude," through forgiveness, compassion, and the most powerful force in the universe – Love.  

Here's that interview for you...

First question-bit of a cliche-how did you get into writing?

I have loved the art of storytelling ever since I was a young girl. Apparently, I used to write poetry for my mother since I was six years old, which I have totally forgotten. I began writing my debut novel, “Heart of a Warrior Angel” about 5 years ago, as I embarked on my own journey of self-love and healing.

Do you write full time & if so, have you always done this?

No, I have a full-time day job as a Business Transformation Architect where I provide strategic advice on improving services for Canadians. I write my novels or poetry mostly on the weekends or a few hours at night during the work week.

Do you have a particular writing style or genre that you prefer to write?

I don’t have any formal creative writing training; however, I do enjoy writing visionary thrillers that explore the inherent conflicts of the human condition through traditional structure, narrative voice, multi-POVs, and storylines to achieve an elevated sense of artistry. I enjoy creating multi-layered themes, descriptive narration/plot, and three-dimensional characterization, even in this niche genre of visionary fiction, with a touch of the supernatural / paranormal fantasy.

How do you develop your characters as you write, are any of them based on real people?

For my first book, “Heart of a Warrior Angel: From Darkness to Light”, the names of the protagonists were inspired by people in my life. This helped me capture the emotional connections between the main character and the protagonists. As I develop the fictional character arcs, their physical appearances manifest in my visions, much like watching a movie. It’s part of my imagination and creative process.

What was the inspiration behind your book?

Writing “Heart of a Warrior Angel” as my debut novel was a passionate process for me. I wanted to relay an inspirational and character-driven narrative that embodied a metaphysical fantasy about an incarnated angel’s journey on earth but also sought to humanize the protagonists’ experiences in the real world, in a way that readers would be able to relate. I have had the pleasure of working with many brave men and women warriors that have shared their stories with me of their childhood violence, and I was astounded to discover how many innocent people suffer due to the generational cycle of alcoholism and abuse. 

I was inspired to write an emotionally evoking thriller where I could raise awareness on these relevant issues through the characters and share some philosophical insights into epistemology, quantum physics and energy healing. I am humbled to be able to tell this heart-wrenching tale that reflects the realities survivors from various forms of violence, giving them a voice through my characters. It was important to relay a poignant thriller that may resonate with readers and perhaps also serve as a catalyst for changing conversations. For me, even if one person can heal from this beautiful tapestry of emotions and metaphysical healing, I have fulfilled my intention for this book.

What is your writing process-do you plan it out first? Write a bit at a time?

I am definitely a plotter. I have so many ideas in my head that I need to organize my thoughts by chapters. I usually begin with the book title, the draft synopsis, themes, initiating incidents, plot arcs, crisis, and resolution. This inspires me to produce a structured storyline and identify the areas that require further research. Then I focus on world building and compelling storytelling in a sequential manner, as the story unfolds.

How much of you is reflected in your writing?

This story touches on some sensitive subject matter of childhood trauma and fear-based conditioning through the eyes of the main character, Lilac Noble, as she struggled to liberate herself from the shadows of her past and the evil entities that had plagued her bloodline for generations. From the systemic abuse and repression that had long scarred Lilac’s family tree to post-traumatic stress symptoms and the battle between traditional healing and modern therapy, this story relays some of the most challenging issues people face today.

By removing the veil of secrecy and shame, the story recounts how the protagonists heal from their past through self-actualization, in a vulnerable and authentic manner. I wanted to write a thoughtful, empowering, and challenging novel about perseverance, resiliency, compassion, forgiveness, and portray a story that transcended pain into unconditional love.

When I developed the main character, Lilac, I had to imagine how an incarnated angel’s true identity could be stripped away in modern-day society, by humanizing the fantasy. I wanted to make her real, authentic, and vulnerable, relaying raw emotions and internal conflict that readers could relate to as she struggled to understand her Soul purpose in the face of darkness. I had to dig deep into my own childhood trauma to relay the authentic experiences of the protagonists. As readers vicariously wade through Lilac’s past experiences of financial hardship, pain, cruelty, and the long-term effects of post-traumatic stress, it was essential to relay her sheer determination to protect her loved ones from harm. She was broken, far from perfect and layered with her own scars, but accepting of her emotional volatility as she actively sought healing techniques to expand her consciousness and discover her identity.

I wanted to portray Lilac as a multi-dimensional character, compelled by pure, unconditional love, giving her layers of emotional and spiritual depth throughout her self-realization journey, as she discovered her warrior wings and began to conquer the evil entities that have been sent to derail her divine mission of breaking the generational bloodline curse.
What kind of research did you have to do before/during writing behind your book?

I was naturally interested in the field of metaphysics when I embarked on my own journey of self-love, healing, and quantum physics prior to writing my book. My research included a self-help book written by a spiritual teacher, Matt Kahn called "Whatever arises, Love that" which triggered my awakening process. I also began learning how to meditate by following Deepak Chopra's 21-day challenge on YouTube, and I found that I was really intrigued by the whole notion of metaphysics, quantum physics and the study of reality. I loved Eckhart Tolle's book "A New Earth", which really resonated with me. Deepak Chopra's book "You Are the Universe" and "You Are the Placebo" by Dr. Joe Dispenza have been instrumental in my quest for knowledge and understanding of epigenetics and the universal laws of energy that has inspired the visionary fiction component of my book

How much attention do you pay to the reviews that you get?

I am extremely grateful for all feedback that I receive. I am cognizant of the fact that not all readers will relate to this genre and may not enjoy reading about the sensitive subject matter in my book. I wanted to relay this fictional story with a unique writing style to honor the journey of all the characters. When the story does resonate with readers, their feedback and reviews provide such heart-felt elation and fulfillment. It serves as a beautiful reminder of the reasons I wrote this book in the first place.

Are friends and family supportive of your writing?

Absolutely! I am so blessed to have family and friends that have been extremely supportive and proud of my passion to provide thought-provoking, gripping, and inspirational novels. They are my first beta readers and I totally value their input and feedback.

How do you feel leading up to your publication day?

So many emotions! Mostly, I am anchored in a state of gratitude and humility to be able to share my creativity with the world. It’s such a humbling experience that is filled with excitement, humility, and nervousness at the same time.
Which other authors inspire you or are there any you particularly enjoy reading?

Since joining the writing community on Twitter, a year ago, I have had the privilege and honor of meeting so many incredibly talented independent writers. We have forged true friendships with beautiful souls from all corners of the world, connected through this creative passion.

I am a big fan of self-published writers and I try to provide support for the talented creatives in the writing community. I have been fortunate to read fiction, fantasy, suspense, non-fiction, romance/coming of age, dystopian science fiction, Queer Indie literature, and thrillers by some of these fabulously gifted writers that I admire and truly respect.

I have read “The Life and Times of Clyde Kennard” by Derek R. King, “Spider’s Web” by Shannon Condon, “The Cherries” by D. B. Carter, “Innogen Forest” by Camilla Margiana, “The End of Echoes” by Dawn Hosmer, “The Honeycake Book Series for Children” by Medea Kalantar, “Icarus” by Adam Wing, “Edge of the Breach” by Halo Scot, “Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers Ball” by S.P. O’Farrell, and “The Moon Hunters” by Anya Pavelle. I have another 15 books on my “to be read” list. With my full-time job and writing my next book, there’s never enough time in the day to read all these amazing stories.

Finally...what are you working on right now?

I have a couple of projects in the works and I’m so excited to launch my second novel of the Ascending Angel Academy, “The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance”. I am transitioning into the young adult category with diverse and gender inclusive sixteen-year-old characters fantasy. The main character, Jo, is Lilac’s youngest daughter who struggles with her celestial identity and betrayal, inciting the rise of demonic parasites in her school. As the darkness contaminates its army of sleepwalkers, Jo must save her best friends by travelling through a holographic portal found in the basement of the school’s library. Jo seeks celestial guidance and the galactic power source to prevent the Lord of Darkness from enslaving all of humanity into obscurity.

I am also launching an inspirational hardcover book in the fall, celebrating light, unity, and harmony through a compilation of spiritual insights, quotes, poetry, and colorful artwork. This project is a collaboration of love showcasing poems of healing and transformation, mixed media artistry of visionary, intuitive photography, and digital art. I am hoping that readers will enjoy this anthology of rhythmical creation of beauty.

About The Author

Award-winning Author, Lali A. Love provides a supernatural thriller of metaphysical and visionary fantasy with her own revolutionary philosophy and unique narrative skills to produce this heart-wrenching and gripping tale.

Lali A. Love lives in the capital city of Canada with her husband and two beautiful children who are her greatest source of pride, joy, and inspiration. As a debut author, Lali loves to write stimulating, character-based novels that invoke an emotional response in her readers. She has done extensive research into epistemology and metaphysics to further her understanding of the Universal Laws of Energy.

In her spare time, Lali is committed to writing her visionary fiction trilogy about spiritual transformation. These mystical novels are based on the journeys of three incarnated Angels that have been brought together in the third-dimensional existence, to realize their Divine Feminine soul purpose. Each of them must experience unique self-realization to overcome the dark demonic entities that are determined to destroy their inner light to derail their Soul mission.  

Twitter handle: @laliaristo
Instagram handle: @vibrationslovelight
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