Friday, April 26, 2013

An Interview with Tania Elizabeth

I had the chance to speak with Austalian author Tania Elizabeth recently about her new novel, The Tier of Eternal Grace, as well as talk a bit about her involvement with the Starlight Children's Foundation.  It's a non-profit organization aiming to help out kids struggling with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions. 

First off, I'd like to say that I'm very happy to play a part in this, and to help raise awareness for a great cause.  Can you tell us a little about the Starlight Children's Foundation, and how you originally got involved with them?

Though my passions lay within being a writer, my deepest desire and where I gain my greatest wealth, is in helping others. And as a mother myself, the very thought of having your child being placed into a position where the future is uncertain due to serious illness is unfathomable.

I'd like to know a bit about your book, The Tier of Eternal Grace.  Is it your first novel?

It is my first published book, yes. The Tier of Eternal Grace is a trilogy. It is a captivating fantasy of magic and passion, wound into the truths of reality that will enchant readers with its depiction of the faerie realm, and the exploits of the faeries themselves. Book One of the series, ‘The Moon Clearing’, which was released earlier this year, is an immersive tale of mysticism and adventure, of spiritual and sensual intent that shall enrapture your every sense.

Is there a message to the book? 

To love oneself within. Through the writing of this book and the words of Tatiana, the queen of thy faeries, I myself came to understand the true meaning of I Love Me. This would be my hope for others. Alongside the understanding that we all, including all elements of Mother Earth have soul, and feel.

Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write it?

It would be the coming into myself. The acknowledging that I was worthy of love. That I was worthy of self love. It was then my desire to write a book that enabled others to understand this of themselves, but to do it in a way that also had them be able to loose themselves in a world of enchantment. For although I enjoy reading all genres, my absolute favorite genre is fantasy fiction.

Do you have a favorite author? 

I have many. Though if I had to choose one it would be Florence Scovel Shinn. Her words changed me in more ways than one.

I sometimes try to sneak in little inside jokes or references into my books, which only a few people will actually catch (like the colors or mascot from my high school, or using birthdays in secret codes).  And are there any in-jokes or secrets you'd be willing to share with us about your book?

I have a quirky and some would say flirtatious sense of humor, and yes there are a few of that manner throughout. My dearest friends have picked up on them. As for the rest of the world . . . that, only time will tell ;)

How much, if at all, has being from Australia influenced your writing?  It's always seemed like a magical place to me, which seems to fit quite well with your novel. 

I do have to admit that I was blessed with a beautiful childhood, being brought up by the rainforest, by the Great Barrier Reef. It was my many weekends spent in my own enchanting realms of thought and dream that flourished my beliefs in all that was magic. Though, I have also been blessed by some of the most admirable and spiritual beings in the last so many years. Through their support and guidance, it has enabled me to delve further into my own spiritual connections, bringing forth what it was that I needed in order to have my dreams of writing become more than just a dream.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

To simply write of heart and to believe in your words, in your story, without the entanglement of doubt and fear arising.

And if people would like to help out the Starlight Children's Foundation, what are some ways they can contribute? 

I encourage any who would like to donate, even as little as a single dollar, to do so via this link.

And finally, what are some places where readers can learn about your current and future projects? 

I, Tania Elizabeth am the author of The Tier of Eternal Grace. Book One The Moon Clearing was released earlier this year. Book Two The Mirrors Shadow will be released about September. Book Three will then follow in the early part of 2014.

SUMMARY of The Moon Clearing

Beyond the boundary that separates the mundane and earthly planes from the divine lies Eterna Fadas, a place ruled by extraordinary beings, lithe and human-like in appearance, yet ethereal in their grace and beauty, and sensuous in nature. 

"I have existed always! Where I began I do not know, for all I know is just as I am today!"

As Queen, Tatiana was thought to have lived a life of opulence, her faith and beliefs her endearing essence. Why then was it so, that beneath the picture of perfection laid torments and terrors even she dare not explain. Being She came with its prices paid. Being She came with a deal; a contract in which she was to relinquish herself to a rogue of unmerciful fury. Would this be the end of all she know? Would this be the end of her existence?

To find out more, please do so through any of these links.


Thank you very much for joining us, Tania.  It's been a pleasure having you here as a guest on the blog.

Much love, blessings and faerie kisses to all x

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