Interview with Aliana Zenon

Where did you grow up and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Niteroi, a city across Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When I was a child, some of my mother's neighbors were worshipers of Candomble and Umbanda, the two major Afro-Brazilian religions practiced in Brazil. Although none of us in my family attended their ceremonies, every once in a while we would hear stories of their practices. That was what gave me the inspiration to create my own Candomble and Umbanda scenes.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing a few years ago. I felt compelled to write about a story that has been with me since my childhood. Yemanja, the Goddess of the Sea has been my inspiration for a long time. I had a dream about her when I was eleven years old and that alone has inspired me to create pictures and literature about her.
Yemanja is a major character in your book. Why is she so prevalent throughout the story?
Yemanja transcends her origins. She is easily the most popular Orisha (Goddess) in the Afro-Brazilian pantheon. Yemanja is part of popular Brazilian culture and she is admired by millions throughout Brazil. During her festivals on New Year's Eve and February 2nd millions of Brazilians go to the beach shore somewhere in Brazil to throw roses in the ocean and write messages to the Goddess. It's a beautiful celebration of her that few people miss.
So, it is not by chance that the most important aspect of the story is the relationship between Laura and Yemanja?
Yes. Absolutely. Yemanja is the fountainhead. She is the embodiment, the apotheosis of womanhood. She is nurturing, independent, willful, passionate, alluring, spiritually demanding, powerful, lustful and dangerous. Yemanja combines the vanity and pettiness of a schoolgirl with the magnificent of a Godhead. She is endlessly fascinating.

Laura and Yemanja share a especial spiritual connection only found among the ones who have faith: faith in life and love.
Published 2015-04-29.
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Books by This Author

Calling From The Sea
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,300. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
What if the forces of evil could be bought and sold at a spirit market? “Calling From The Sea” is a novel of supernatural suspense set in the sophisticated world of fine arts and high fashion photography. Wonderful dramas unfold within the temples of Afro-Brazilian worship. Horrifying rituals take place among the tombstones of darkened cemeteries. By Aliana Zenon and M.P. Lombritto.