illiterate to author, a thirty year dream becomes a reality.
5 books published in 1 month.
From illiterate to author, a thirty year dream becomes a
A victim of bulling and molestation as a child, Christine
Jones could not concentrate on classroom activities. Escaping
into the imagination was a way of survival for her. Though
she wrote stories, they were scribble, lacking proper grammar,
punctuation and spelling. Persistence and help from her
own children and writer's sites enabled Christine to perfect
her writing ability. She believes if children were encouraged
to write their true thoughts without judgment or fear of
punishment, it would see less illiteracy and other issues
being hidden. It would also enable adults to pick up on
problems more easily than trying to get a child to verbalise
what they fear or are experiencing.
feel I’m an example of this strategy, Christine says.
My journey from illiterate to author could have been reached
sooner if I’d not felt the need to hide my problems
and go it alone. Talking can be intimidating to children
and even adults, especially with people they don’t
know and can be even harder to convey to those you love.
Throughout my life I have so many times scribbled down thoughts
on paper then screwed them up, as I personally felt I had
no one to give them to and no one who would understand.
Depending on my mood, the scribbles could be considered
quite disturbing and even offensive; nonetheless, it was
my way of letting off steam, fears, hurts etc. You also
learn how to hide illiteracy and your emotions well, which
in my case led to going it alone and taking a good twenty
years to perfect my writing. I can now turn a 400 page sentence
into a viable book. I might be writing fiction, but my life
story and lessons learnt can be found throughout all my
books in one form or another. A councilor once told me I
had experienced what others would not see in three life
times. I see myself as a survivor, not a victim and everything
is for a reason. I'm a great believer of; this is a journey
of healing, learning and greater understanding, not a journey
one month Christine published ‘Signature for Sunshine’,
‘Aus Com’, ‘Died and moved in’ and
‘The Snakelex Report’. Though she is multi genre,
her pride and joy are the Mariard volumes, having completed
7 of the 10 books. Science fiction fantasy, ‘Mariard
Volume 1 The Gifting’ was scribbled out over 20 years
ago, released February 2008. Mariard Volume 2 Glass pawns
will be out in March 2008.
Release for ‘Mariard: Volume One- The Gifting’
As a fantasy and science fiction novel,
‘Mariard Volume One: The Gifting’, surpasses
many of its predecessors and sets Christine Jones apart
as a heavyweight in the genre. Set in a wonderfully imaginative
world that draws the reader in, the reader will be captivated
by the compelling characters and wonderfully action sequences.
The novel begins by introducing us to
the mythical land and King Tayo, who is persuaded to deceive
his kingdom and start another in the ice fields, where
he raises his daughter to be a warrior. Tayo leaves behind
his son to be raised by the sacred priestess Artemis.
As the story progresses, the Kingdom is overthrown and
the Mariard’s only hope for survival are the gifted
with their unique abilities. The novel traces the battle
that rages between the usurping Necropolis and the ousted
Far from being a war novel, ‘Mariard
Volume One: The Gifting’, explores some of the issues
surrounding responsibility and respect. In a battle that
turns into a dangerous and critical game with no rules,
only those who have come to best understand their own
gifts can prosper.
presents us with a brilliant novel that is something of
a cross between ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and
‘The Iliad’. Written for all those who love
to be transported into mystical realms of the imagination,
the book will keep you turning the pages until the novel
concludes. Neither predictable nor bogged down in details,
this book is a refreshingly powerful story that introduces
us to the captivating world of the Mariard and leaves
us impatiently waiting for the next instalments of this
wonderful tale. The author has already completed the second
and third volumes, which will be published soon and the
other seven are expected to be ready within months.
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