A fan of swashbuckling adventure novels by Alexandre Dumas of 'The Three Musketeers' and 'The Count of Monte Cristo' fame, Lorna Suzuki had noticed that it was always the men going off on great adventures and enjoying the camaraderie of a brotherhood. Most often, the women were portrayed as the damsels-in-distress.
In writing the Imago Chronicles fantasy series, by adding a female protagonist, one that is reluctantly accepted into this brotherhood, the author drew on some of her own experiences as a woman in a once male-dominated field of law enforcement and martial arts to bring Nayla Treeborn the female warrior to life.
With over twenty-five years experience in various forms of martial arts, Suzuki is a 5th-dan Shidoshi (senior instructor) of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, a martial arts system incorporating six traditional samurai schools and three schools of ninjutsu under Japanese Soke, Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. Although Budo Taijutsu has a very long and rich history in Japan and is steeped in tradition, is only now growing in popularity. Practitioners of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu do not compete in the sports arena as the techniques incorporated into this system are used strictly for self-defense, never as a sport. To learn more about Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu, please visit Shihan Phillip Legare's website @ www.shinkentaijutsu.com
When Suzuki is not writing the next instalment of the Imago series or her new Young Adult Fantasy Series, 'The Dream Merchant Saga', she is a scriptwriter for audio/video life-stories customized for clients, as well as biographic documentaries for TV. Suzuki is also currently a consultant on the PBS TV series ‘West Coast Adventures’.
She resides in the suburbs outside of Vancouver, BC with her husband, Scott White, a talented videographer and Bujinkan Shidoshi, and their charming, young daughter, Nia.
Imago Chronicles: Books One, Two and Three have been optioned for a major motion picture trilogy for worldwide theatrical release. Book One A Warrior's Tale is currently in development with 2-time Oscar-winning producer Don Carmody at the creative helm! Mr. Carmody has over 100 films to his credit and is best known for Good Will Hunting, the musical Chicago and the Resident Evil Franchise. His latest films includes Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and the historical drama Pompeii!
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VideosL.T. Suzuki meeting her favourite authors
For fans of New York Times Best Selling author, Diana Gabaldon of the Outlander novels; father of modern day fantasy, Terry Brooks; best selling author of Arthurian legend, Jack Whyte, check out my little chat with these esteemed writers.L.T. Suzuki meeting Imago Fans
Meeting Imago fans during the 2009 "Imago Book Six" launch at the book fair hosted by the SIWC (Surrey International Writers Conference) in BC, Canada.L.T. Suzuki - SHAW TV "Urban Rush" Interview
In Oct. 2002, Lorna was invited to talk about her debut fantasy novel, Imago Book One: Tales from the West with Urban Rush hosts, Erin Cebula and Russell Porter. Not only was she interviewed about her book, but was also asked to perform a martial arts demo so TV viewers could see exactly what the female protagonist in her new fantasy series is capable of.L.T. Suzuki - SHAW TV "Urban Rush" Demo
Urban Rush presenters, Erin Cebula and Russell Porter get to experience some of the Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu techniques that are featured in the fantasy novel, Imago Book One: Tales from the WestLorna Suzuki demo on MTV Select Canada - Imago Books
MTV SELECT Canada, a daily video, news and entertainment show catering to a younger demographic. Host, Amanda MacKay talks about the Imago books that have been optioned for a movie trilogy and learns some simple self-defence techniques with Lorna Suzuki and Scott White.
Imago Chronicles: Book Eight, Revelations
TIme does not heal all wounds and sometimes, revenge is the only answer…
It is the end of an era. With the natural balance of the realm in turmoil since the tragic disappearance of Lindras, the Wizard of the West, chaos reigns supreme when a mysterious killer emerges from the most unlikely of places.
The Dream Merchant Saga: Book Three, The Crack'd Shield
What would you be willing to sacrifice to unlock your greatest dream?
In this sequel to The Silver Sword, Princess Rose, Tag and Cankles have endured a terrifying trek through the dragon lands in the perilous Fire Rim Mountains. Having run the gauntlet to survive a series of deadly obstacles only to become trapped in the Sorcerer's lair, the trio is faced with their most trying quest to date.
Imago Chronicles: Legacy
In this sequel to Imago Chronicles: Prophecy, more than a century had passed since the Elves departed from the enchanted forest of Wyndwood to follow their exiled leader Dahlon Treeborn.
Establishing a new settlement in the heart of the Emerald Forest of Carcross, they live a quiet and peaceful existence, but circumstances force them to abandon their new home.
Imago Chronicles: Prophecy
In the first of two novels forming the prequel to Imago Chronicles: Book One, A Warrior's Tale, bound by an oath of blood, Kal-lel Wingfield and Dahlon Treeborn's youthful adventures prepare them for their greatest challenge when they must face Beyilzon, a divine entity now bent on the annihilation of the human race and all those who dare stand by their side.
The Dream Merchant Saga: Book Two, The Silver Sword
What happens when your greatest dream is also your worst nightmare?
In the sequel to The Magic Crystal, having survived their first big misadventure thanks more to luck than skill, fate conspires once again to force Princess Rose, Tag and Cankles to embark on another perilous quest when the nefarious Sprite steals away with the dreamstone that is imbued with the power to make wishes come true.
The Dream Merchant Saga: Book One, The Magic Crystal
When a good wish goes bad, a beautiful, but spoiled princess cursed with a sense of entitlement is sent on a quest when she is gifted with the dreamstone, a magic crystal that can make all her dreams come true, but with very real consequences.
Imago Chronicles: Book Seven, The Broken Covenant
In this sequel to Book 6 The Spell Binder, celestial signs foretell of the rise of a new evil as a murderous beast with an insatiable appetite for blood is unleashed on a killing spree to the north. Amidst the ensuing chaos, Nayla is taken hostage by those once controlled by the Dark Lord while the men of the Order race to discover what dark magic conjured up this beast.
Imago Chronicles: Book Six, The Spell Binder
In this sequel to Book Five Destiny’s End, Markus’ coronation as the new king unites the surviving members of the Order for a grand celebration. When a prisoner escapes from the dungeons of Darross Castle, it brings the festivities to an abrupt end. Not only is a madman on the loose, but a young prince is taken hostage and the evil Book of Spells has mysteriously disappeared.
Imago Chronicles: Book Five, Destiny's End
Life in the enchanted forest has returned to normal, but all is not what it seems. Strange happenings create ripples in the continuum of time throughout this realm. Deployed on a mission cloaked in mystery, Nayla and the men of the Order must stop this evil before its far-reaching effects can destroy everything and everyone they cherish. What is Reality? What is Fantasy? as the two worlds collide.
Imago Chronicles: Book Four, The Tears of God
Eight years have passed since the monumental war that determined the fate of all in Orien. Nayla Treeborn had retired her weapons to embrace her new life as consort to Prince Arerys.
Her tranquil existence is shattered when an unseen evil infiltrates the enchanted forest to steal away with their only child. Forced to wield her sword once more, they must race against time to rescue their daughter.
Imago Chronicles: Book Three, Tales from the East
With the Dark Lord vanquished, an uneasy peace settles over Imago as unseen forces work to destroy the surviving members of the Order. Venturing east to pursue a rogue Wizard, Prince Markus confronts a ghost from his past, Lindras must find a way to defeat his most powerful nemesis while Arerys and Nayla’s love will either unite their people or bring further dissension to a race already divided.
Imago Chronicles: Book One, A Warrior's Tale
Nayla Treeborn is faced with a war that will decide the fate of all the free peoples. In a desperate bid to deliver word to the Elf King, she fights to survive the deadly elements in a strange land. This adventure recounts the defining moments in her life that forged her into a deadly warrior, a great captain and a legend amongst her people.
Imago Chronicles: Book Two, Tales from the West
War is imminent. The last hope for peace lies with an alliance of warriors. Led by a Prince whose fate is sealed by his past and a boy haunted by a past he cannot escape, they must deliver the Stone of Salvation to unlock the only weapon that can destroy the impending evil.
Pursued by the enemy; trapped and outnumbered, the most unlikely ally comes to their aid, but will they accept it too late?
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