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You may or may not know that The Comyenti Series, from which ‘Quarterling’ is a part of being a spin-off novel, is a fantasy series that as a whole is really close to my heart. It always has been, more so than all my other books. Being a huge animal lover, vegan, and empath myself writing about an alien humanoid species, who are all mind-speaking empaths, and have all these amazing animal abilities, but with their own weaknesses comes almost natural to me. That probably shouldn’t come as a surprise for those that know me. Especially since most of my life I have almost felt like an alien on this world myself! Being sensitive to noise, bright lights, strong smells, fainting in crowds, wanting different things in life than others my age, reading different books, being vegan, and lesbian! I am also quite a private person, so I guess not many people know much about me at all, hence why I started this newsletter in the first place.
But, I digress. All of the main characters certainly feel like different parts of me I wanted to explore. Especially Sula Comyenti who started it all in book 1: ‘Call Off the Search’ which was originally called ‘Small Sacrifice’, and who has been with me from the start shaping the story and series with me, always insisted in getting heard. For a writer it is almost impossible not to listen to those voices in your head! They won’t leave you alone until you write their stories down. No, you are not insane, you are a writer. That is our excuse, at least.
Still, I just love writing every book that is either part of the series or a spin-off story such as Quarterling is, so I really don’t mind. Besides, Sula is always great company.It became clear to me though that after writing the first two books the characters had much more to say and to do before I started writing book three. I knew I just couldn’t fit it all in without losing the main thread of the book and for the readers to lose the plot. These characters, once an adult, deserved each their own story, their own novel. And that is what I am doing. That is the plan at least. Sula has five children so they all get their own book, some even more than one. There are three so far and a fourth is in the making!
Fay started to tell me her story from the time she left home. It was easy to let her live some of my own experiences and see what she would have done, with or without her super powers. And how I would wish I had those powers often! But then again, she is restricted in some ways. How? Well, you will just have to read the story.
Speaking of superpowers though, especially a female superhero, saving animals, not people this time, was needed, desperately I felt. I have researched but only found one or two other books with a vegan superhero, but they were all for children… Why, I wonder are animals always associated with children or children’s stories? Don’t adults love animals? Do we outgrow them and their cuteness? Don’t we want to read about their happy ending? Adults love their pets, but often can’t extend it to other animals. Most don’t want to think about the suffering, the exploited animals, at least not enough to want to save them. Vegans do. Luckily. Thus a story was born. Fay was going to be a superhero for the animals with an older audience, okay young adults more precisely as she herself is only seventeen when the story starts, but still, it’s a start. I do hope to reach a broad audience with Fay’s story. That is why there are many more subjects thrown in: coming of age, parents, adventure, romance and a touch of magic.
Well, I won’t ramble on too much as this should just be a little post about what made me want to write ‘Quarterling’. Whilst writing I did try to have an audience in mind. I can imagine other vegans want a hero they can relate to or look up to, so it is for them to have a story to feel at home in without too much violence or visual content. But is still is a story about animal activism and what we can all do, or can’t and about hoping to change people, but how? And if we can, should we and to what ends? There are many questions of a deeper nature. Of right and wrong, of grey areas, and that even if we have certain powers there are even more powerful forces at work we cannot always control, and we find ourselves powerless. It’s a story of wanting to save the world, of change both in and outside of us, of being different and finding our way in the world, of acceptance, of having responsibilities and what it means to be an adult. And I also hope to reach those hearts that haven’t quite made compassionate choices yet. For those who say they love animals. Who knows what changes they will make? One can always hope.
Read more about my inspiration and need for wanting to write this story in the Afterword in ‘Quarterling’, now ready for pre-order here:
‘Fay, there is no need to lie to me, you know. I have observed you and seen what you can do. You are clearly not from Bhan. If you were, your kind would have surely taken over from the humans.’
‘Why would you say that and what exactly have you see me doing? Wait, it’s from around the time of the market day I have sensed your presence, isn’t it? What did you see me do?’
‘Enough to know that you act as if these animals are your responsibility, but they are not.’
Fay’s eyes widened and she was numb for a moment as if shocked to hear that. ‘Then whose? If it wasn’t for me they would all still be suffering or dead by now!’
‘It’s not for you to decide, to interfere.’
‘What? So, you’re saying that if you see an injustice done to another soul, or an injured creature, you walk away from it? What if it had been members of your own kind caged in that market?’
‘We’ve never been captured,’ Zemandu answered calmly, unaffected.
‘Perhaps you should be so you know what it’s like.’
‘And you do?’
‘Even if I didn’t I would still care. It’s called having a heart. Besides, all of us carry the painful memories of our ancestors in us. It’s enough for us to feel empathy for other species, because we were treated not too dissimilarly. My kind were trapped, not for food, but as curiosities, and when humans couldn’t get what they wanted from us, killed. We were seen as a threat and menace to humanity, not allowed to live side by side with them like you are.’
‘You can fly, you are immensely strong, you can make fires like I can, and you can communicate with all these anima—’ ‘Argh,’ Fay grunted. She had seen all that? How had she let this happen?
‘No need to be shy or worried. I won’t tell anybody. There is always one dominant species on any planet. What, you didn’t think this was the only habitable planet in the entire universe, did you?’
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CALL OFF THE SEARCH: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HIRTFZE
CHILDREN OF THE SUN: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N2U9GE6
BOOK 3, CONTROLLER OF THE SENSES: COMING WINTER 2015!
I’m featured on EJ Nate’s blog today with The Comyenti Series: http://ejnate.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/call-of-search-amazing-book-by-natasja.html
This series introduces a unique humanoid species: comyentis who can merge their minds with animals to gain special powers for the greater good. They are beautiful empaths with a love in their heart for all life. But who are they truly? And where do they come from?
Why are they on the planet Bhan? What is their tragic history with humans; their number one enemy, and how come comyenti’s with all their power were once overpowered? Can they come to terms with that and overcome their aversion to humans? What is their one weakness and how can they rise above this? Can comyenti Sula accept being stuck in between two worlds? Can any comyenti really and should they? How powerful are the comyenti’s really? What will the future hold for the comyenti species if they survive at all?
Book One: ‘Call Off The Search’ introduces Sula Comyenti, a nomad halfling who feels neither completely comyenti nor human, and she is neither straight, nor lesbian.
She needs to come to terms with ALL her sides to be able to accept who she really is. Sula has to live her life in hiding because of her unique abilities and to protect herself. Her kind has been brought to the verge of extinction by humans and she might very well be the last one. But she has one dilemma; her search has not led to another comyenti and time is running out: she needs to mate with a human in a last attempt to save her species. But can she overcome her loathing for humans to save her kind from complete annihilation? When she comes across an attractive sensitive farmer, Felix, she thinks he might be the answer. She finally starts to follow her heart as well but with what consequences?
Just when she thinks she has made the right decision, a mysterious dark beautiful stranger turns up, other comyenti Shazar, and with him new dilemma’s arise and danger. We slowly learn more about his past and adventures. But can he be trusted? This is the start of a confusing time for Sula and falling for Felix’s sister, Feline, might or might not help with this.
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Book Two: ‘Children Of The Sun’
The story continues…
Will Sula and Felix ever find out the truth about what really happened to Feline and Shazar’s involvement in her disappearing?
When twenty years later Shazar’s human mate, Ashanna, abruptly dies, he sets off to visit and reconnect with Sula. However, he is closely followed by Twello, his adopted human son who has his own secrets. When they enter Rosinhill they soon discover that Shazar’s iniquitous plan from twenty years ago has worked: Sula has born him a son: Aigle. And with him new hope arises and a new different future for the comyentis is about to begin…
Strenuous relationships follow with Shazar’s and Twello’s arrival, which threaten the life Sula has built for Felix, herself and their children. And that is not all: there is a new danger; much worse than Shazar could ever be, and one that is about to engulf the comyentis and with that their new hope.
Who are these strange shapeshifting creatures and what do they want from Sula and her children? Can the comyentis stop them before it’s too late?
And who are the comyentis really, where do they come from, why are they on Bhan and what is their connection with their new found enemy?
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