Emerge Beyond Circles
by John Geers
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Two couples from Madison, with entwined destinies, both seeking love, are connected by a single element: the ancient Siberian witch, Thuban-Pol. Her magic will either be their savior or their ruin. Thuban-Pol is the latest in a lineage of Siberian witches. Their eternal aim is to guide humanity to true love. Their guiding tenet, “For love to bloom, these three endure: sacrifice, perseverance and suffering. But the greatest of these is suffering.” Since the dawn of humanity, they have summoned countless couples, inflicting suffering with the intention to grow true love. They have never succeeded…but now they have their best opportunity in two couples from Wisconsin. If they succeed, love will finally bloom for all of humanity, if the suffering inflicted on these couples doesn't kill them first.
She lifted her hands before her eyes for inspection, their work done, his coat free of blood. The paper skin of her ancient hands had adopted the crimson of her task, and he kissed them with a rough lick.
Thuban sat in silence for some time before she spoke again.
"Draconis, rules betray us." She dropped a heavy sigh.
A shiver rippled along his coat.
She patted the volume with the wood cut flower on the cover. "These rules, they put us at ease. The fences they built are too safe. Love constrained by rules is not love. Love is caribou in stampede, Salix in full summer whip. It is frost on a wisp of caribou moss. Love is as dark as Siberian winter and as rugged as Ural peaks. Consider the orbit of our star in the heavens, how dare we contrive rules to direct the path. The Kara Sea knows love. Waves batter and smash and settle to a tickle and are whipped to batter again, their cycle of passion is eternal. These are love.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The hardest part was the revision process. It seemed endless. At one point I thought I was done, when in reality I still had over a year to publication.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I enjoy creating something infinitely complicated that in the end is a single creation. I think it much like building a space shuttle and then it actually flies upon lift off.
What inspires you?
When I get some positive feedback from readers it spurs me on. I believe we should all encourage fellow writers with much praise.
What do your plans for future projects include?
I am writing book two now.
Do you ever get writer’s Block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
My cure for writer’s block is planning and exploring. When I have created a complete plan it keeps me writing. When I am stuck, I go hiking or exploring and make note of special things that cross my path.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
John Geers drew inspiration to begin his debut novel from a dream he experienced.
Hours spent in the caffeinated air of his favorite coffeehouse proved to be the perfect place to complete Emerge Beyond Circles.
John is a middle school literacy educator, where he inspires and is inspired by the writers of tomorrow. He is the founder and facilitator of his school’s Creative Writing Club. He is also a columnist for the online magazine Elephant Journal.
He loves a good story, being on the water, and witty puns. He can be found hiking the wilderness, biking big hills, sipping dark coffee, and looking for a chair in the mall.