Wednesday 23 September 2020

Blog Tour: The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance by Lali A. Love @Laliaristo @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Today is my stop on the blog tour for The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance by Lali A. Love and I have a very exciting interview with the author for you today. If you like the sound of that, you can click here to order a copy of the book now. Don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more exclusive content and reviews.

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

When a demonic parasite turns her classmates into an army of sleepwalkers, sixteen-year-old Jo must confront her celestial identity and reveal the mystery of existence. Guided by the Galactic Council, a Galactic Compass and with the help of her best friends, Jo unleashes the cosmic powers of creation to prevent the Lord of Darkness from enslaving all of humanity into obscurity. 

Will she be able to decode the artificial system in time to save her friends and the sacred Light?

Are you ready for that interview?

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

Thank you so much for this opportunity, I hope you enjoy reading “The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance”. For me, I have always loved the creative process of storytelling. Even in my daytime job as a Business Transformation Architect, I enjoy weaving the storyline for each briefing, presentation, or strategic paper.

I began writing my debut novel “Heart of a Warrior Angel: From Darkness to Light” almost five years ago. I was inspired to write a trilogy based on the journey of three spiritually connected incarnated Angels brought together in the third dimensional existence, to realize their Divine Feminine Soul purpose. Each of them are Light carriers and have to experience unique self-realization journeys through the awakening process, to connect with their authentic true self and overcome the obstacles and dark entities that are determined to destroy their inner infinite light, to derail their celestial mission.

“Heart of a Warrior Angel: From Darkness to Light” is the first book in the trilogy and a story that needed to be told to bring the subject matter of childhood trauma and fear based conditioning out of the shadows, through the tapestry of fictional storytelling. For me, it was a calling, and it started to flow organically as I began to develop the qualities of the main character and protagonists. With this visionary fantasy, I wanted to relay an inspirational and character-driven narrative that embodied a metaphysical supernatural element about an incarnated angel’s journey on earth. It also seeks to humanize the protagonists’ experiences in the real world, in a way that readers may 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 intergenerational cycles of alcoholism and abuse.

Since embarking on my own awakening journey 5 years ago, I was inspired to write an emotionally evoking thriller where I could raise awareness on these relevant issues through the fictional characters and share some philosophical insights into the various perceptions of existence, quantum physics and energy healing modalities. 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. I am incredibly grateful for all the feedback and recognition my debut novel has received since launching a year ago on July 31, 2019. It has been bestowed with the literary and book excellence awards for the quality storytelling.

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

During the day, I work full time as a senior advisor, assisting in government policy and strategy development for vulnerable populations. I have always loved writing through briefings and presentations, especially focusing on cohesive storytelling. It’s a passion and a creative outlet that I have had since I was a child. In fact, my mom recently reminded me that I used to write her poetry when I was 6 or 7 years old, which I have totally forgotten!

I plan on becoming a full-time writer when I retire from my government job in a few years, hopefully!

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 metaphysics.

As a Lightworker and energy healer, I am fascinated by quantum physics, epigenetics, metaphysics, and self-healing philosophies. Since embarking on my own healing journey, I was on a path of learning, and I was motivated to write unique fictional stories that created a beautiful tapestry of emotions, mysticism, with a blend of quantum reality. My visionary fantasies examine the fundamental nature of perceived existence known as metaphysics, and the power of the Universal Laws of Energy. Through the use of energy transmutation, my main characters, who are incarnated angels on earth, armed with a divine mission, are empowered to expose the evil out of the shadows and bring the truth into the light with self-love, vulnerability and forgiveness.

Using the niche genre of metaphysical fiction, my main characters are thrown into the most epic combat of all time – good vs. evil, fighting to break the bloodline curse of her heritage, where darkness had lurked and fed on the low-frequency vibrations of humans that were conditioned by fear and lived on the lower realms of existence. They undergo the destructive process of enlightenment to come to the realization that everything consisted of the vibrational frequencies of energy, including their thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and actions. I provide detailed modalities on the Universal Laws of Energy (Attraction, Vibration, etc.) within my stories. I also include a narrative on the tools and practices the protagonists use to shift their focus and attitudes to vibrate at higher bandwidth emanating from the heart energy center that affects the quantum fields, and ultimately determines the outcome of perceived reality.

This genre of metaphysics stems from the philosophy that our consciousness is the ultimate basis of our being that creates our reality. How our minds are programmed results in the experiences of our bodies, our perceptions, and our lives. When we elevate our state of awareness, we re-invent and transform our consciousness to our highest level of being. This then influences how we think, how we emotionally react, how we perceive the world around us, and how we connect with our loved ones. I believe that with vulnerability and finding our inner truth will heal ourselves from conditioned upbringing and childhood wounds, whatever they may be, and connect us with the wholeness of our inner child. This state of being will help us achieve nurturing, loving, compassionate relationships, social interactions, positive behaviors, and patterns that are more conducive to the process of enlightenment, while we also provide healing for our planet.

I was able to use my knowledge, insights, and research of this philosophy, linking concepts of realism, including the relationship between mind, matter, and spiritual consciousness into the visionary self-actualization storylines. It provides a thought-provoking alternative to an entertaining fantasy.

And with respect to other genres, I am currently working on a non-fiction anthology of visionary art, inspirational insights, and transformational poetry that will help uplift the reader with feelings of joy. It’s a collaboration of love and I’m hoping to release this hardcover book this fall, so stay tuned!

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

For me, the diverse characters are inspired by people in my life or have had the privilege to meet through work. As I develop the character arcs, their physical appearances manifest in my visions, much like watching a movie. It’s part of my imagination and creative process.

I used a character-driven, omniscient third person POV to ensure the reader is aware and captivated by each of the protagonist's story. I hope the unique, narrative storytelling invokes an emotional response in the reader and takes them on a rollercoaster-type of experience, while raising awareness on mental health issues and sensitive subject matters that are truly relevant in today’s society.

What was the inspiration behind your book?

“The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Ignorance” is the second book in the incarnated angel trilogy, and my first novel in the young adult category. It is a meld of fantasy, paranormal and science fiction, with a strong appeal to young adult readers (ages 15 years+). It is the first book of the Ascending Angel Academy series, and incorporates plot driven and coming of age stories of diverse, gender inclusive teenagers struggling with self-identity and a sense of belonging. I was inspired to shine a light on issues such as anxiety, depression, bullying, body dysmorphia, and external dependencies, through my fictional characters.

The main character Jo (Josephine) is Lilac’s youngest daughter (from my debut novel, Heart of a Warrior Angel) who grows up in the New Age of technology and an insurgence of artificial intelligence matrix. She struggles with her celestial identity at an early age, while navigating through teenage angst and high school issues. Her journey to enlightenment explores her own authentic truth about love, belonging, passion, freedom and becomes the observer of her own celestial metamorphosis. This novel allows readers to understand the emotional turmoil taking place in Jo’s world as she evolves through the first stages of an awakening process. It is a story that brilliantly showcases the primordial struggle between light and darkness.

Sixteen-year-old Jo attends Forest Hill Academy, a preppy co-ed private school with her best friends Nisha, Daphne, Reyes, Zaxden, and Flynn. Ever since the fatal night her mother was taken hostage by a homicidal maniac, Jo has been plagued by debilitating nightmares. As she tries to unravel her bleak reality, Jo and her friends discover a mysterious gateway into a Black Hole, hidden behind a strange mirrored door in an eerie underground hallway of the school’s library. Reyes accidently releases the evil that has been imprisoned in this grid-matrix and unknowingly becomes infected with the menacing parasites.

These demons emerge from their shadows and spread throughout the school to gain control over their hosts. One by one, they raise an army of sleepwalkers to serve the Lord of Darkness in a sinister plot for universal domination. As Jo is activated by the Light to realize her truth and ascends from the hall of ignorance, she finds an antiquated Galactic Compass. Jo discovers its interstellar capabilities to time travel through the cosmos, and secures the Akashic Records, stored in a library of multi-dimensional consciousness of every soul since creation.

Primed by the Galactic Council and Ascending Angel Academy, Jo faces heartbreak and accepts a difficult mission to embrace her celestial form. She must unlock the power of creation and prevent the Lord of Darkness from enslaving all of humanity into obscurity. Will she be able to decode the artificial system in time to save her friends and the sacred Light?

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

I am definitely a plotter! I always start with the book title and table of contents when I outline the plot structure, the initiating incidents, developmental arc, crisis, and resolution. Then I develop the character arcs, breathing life into each protagonist and antagonist. Normally, when I’m in the writing flow, I don’t realize the amount of time that goes by.

With a full time, job, I try to focus on my writing primarily on the weekends. I can be on the computer for 5 or 6 hours, letting the inspiration guide me. As long as I have my bowel of skittles to sustain me, then I’m happy!

How much of you is reflected in your writing?

Since embarking on my own self-healing journey over 6 years ago, I had overcome my fear of my intuitive abilities, and have fully embraced my purpose. I have refined my energy clearing techniques based on powerful visual imagery to activate a healing response in others. I am a Lightworker, an Empath and an Alchemist. With humility, compassion, and grace, I intend to continue to be in service for the highest good, to help elevate levels of consciousness, empowering individuals to seek their authentic truth by honoring their unique journeys.

Lightworkers are souls who have awakened to their higher spiritual objective, to shine light in the world and raise the vibration of humanity and Earth. In other words, we provide love, kindness, sharing experiences and messages of hope, unity, and understanding by expanding the state of the collective consciousness through information and energy transmutation. This information may come through conscious mental knowledge, and through coded energetic frequencies.

One who radiates and resonates with the frequencies of the Light, often provide blessings, radical intention settings, assisting and protecting the Earth and her inhabitants through the power of channeled Light frequencies, kind deeds, and actions. During tumultuous times and chaotic events, Lightworkers are consciously focusing on embodying the light and expanding it out beyond them to neutralize challenges and density. We help uplift humanity on an energetic level and support in the unfolding awakening process.

I am an advocate for children, women, diversity, equality, self-healing journeys, self-realization, and self-love. I believe that we are all connected through the powerful force of love. I am deeply passionate about this universal call to action, and it is my honor to ensure I keep radiating at high frequencies of loving kindness. So, everything I write reflects my insights, metaphysical experiences, and Soul purpose. May it be blessed.

What kind of research did you have to do before/during writing behind your book?

When I embarked on my own journey of self-love, healing, and Law of Attraction, I came across this self-help book written by 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 quantum physics that has inspired the visionary fiction component of my books.

I researched epistemology (a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge) and metaphysics (concept of reality and perceptions) extensively to further my understanding of the Universal Laws of Energy. This stems from the philosophy that our consciousness is the ultimate basis of our being that creates our reality. How our minds are programmed results in the experiences of our bodies, our perceptions, and our lives. When we elevate our state of awareness, we re-invent and transform our consciousness to our highest level of divinity. This will influence how we think, how we emotionally react, how we perceive the world around us, and how we connect with our loved ones. It will help us achieve nurturing, loving, compassionate relationships, social interactions, behaviors, and patterns that are more conducive to the process of enlightenment, as well as provide healing for our environment and our planet.

I was able to use my knowledge and research of this philosophy, linking concepts of reality, including the relationship between mind, matter, and spiritual consciousness into the visionary self-actualization storylines. It provides a thought-provoking alternative to an entertaining, gripping, and compelling works of fiction.

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

I love book reviews, no matter the star rating! I’m not a prolific writer, but my goal is to develop stories that resonate with readers who may relate to the protagonists’ experiences. My intention for my fictional novels is to provide alternate methods of healing practices such as mindfulness and meditation that the reader may find useful in their own healing journey. It may spark the reader’s curiosity about the study of metaphysics or energy healing concepts. It may even trigger past traumas that require further healing and self-work in their path of awakening and enlightenment.

So, when I receive book reviews, it helps me refine my craft to honor my intention. Not everyone will resonate with my writing style, and that’s alright as well. I am grateful that people take the time to read my creations, it is very humbling. However, if my books help even one person to begin healing their internal conflict and realize that they have the power and pure potentiality to manifest the reality their heart desires through the transformation of self-love, I will have achieved my calling through the poetic instrument of storytelling.

Are friends and family supportive of your writing?

Absolutely, I am so blessed to have such incredible support system around me. Not only do my family and my daughters inspire me, my friends and colleagues also provide so much support and encouragement in my writing journey. I am also incredibly grateful for my radiant Soul Tribe from all over the world and the most amazing and talented independent creatives from the writing community on Twitter.

How do you feel leading up to your publication day?

I am always filled with so much excitement and nervous energy leading up to publication day. I’m not the most patient human, even around the holidays. I just want to see everyone’s expression when they open their gifts. It’s the same with my books, I can’t wait for the world to read my stories. I hope they can feel the love and my intention behind each word, feel the incandescent world-building, and empathize with my magnificent, multi-dimensional characters.

Which other authors inspire you or are there any you particularly enjoy reading?

Growing up, I loved reading fictional books by Danielle Steele, Tom Clancy, Sandra Brown, John Steinbeck, and Dan Brown just to name a few. Ever since I joined the writing community on Twitter a year ago, I have been supporting independent writers and loving their books! The talent pool is incredible, and I have read and totally recommend multi-faceted books by Halo Scot, D. B. Carter, Derek King, Shannon Condon, S.P. O’Farrell, Anya Pavelle, Adam Wing, Ash Knight, just to name a few! My to-be-read list is a mile long!

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

I am hoping to release my latest work in progress, a non-fiction, colorful hardcover book called “The Joy of I.T. (Infinite Transcendence)”. I am beyond excited to publish this anthology of visionary, stimulating artwork, my inspirational reflections / insights, and transformational healing poetry. It is a collaboration of love and contributions from lightworkers to raise the vibration of joy and hopefully help uplift the readers emotions with this tapestry of artistic creations.

The book is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2020. I am also plotting the second novel of the Ascending Angel Academy series, “The De-Coding of Jo: Hall of Learning”, so I’m keeping remarkably busy!

Thank you again for this opportunity and may you all be blessed with optimal health, infinite joy, inspiration, and fulfillment. Much love.

Author Bio

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.  

Thanks so much to Lali for stopping by the blog today!

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