Arena Julia

Biography

I am an Australian Author and Educator privileged and fortunate to live high in the foothills of the D'Aguilar Ranges in Queensland. From my front garden, those foothills fill the skyline in a protective hug from the east, sweeping to the north and into the west. On a clear day they surge close and green into the deep blue of the skies. On others, the cold and damp drops in globs of thick fog, covering them like snow.

So for me, the enchanted land of Amora, the fantasy setting for the Amora Trilogy, is not so far away, or so far-fetched in imagination. For I'd seen it long before it began to manifest within the pages of the first book, ESOR. Each day, I see its fantastical figment as I fill my kettle or weed my garden. I see there, too, folk beyond my obvious knowing, who share that world - in their own reality, in their own parallel dimension. These are the folk who inhabit ESOR, and continue in their adventures in the second book, ELON, and the third book, EVER.

I hope you enjoy the ride, just as I did, for I found the journey supremely magickal. Much gratitude to the folk who live within those many pages, for allowing me to share their turmoils and triumphs for four wonderful years. I will miss such closeness, and will ever cherish having shared the adventure!

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
My writing process is very intuitive. In the past, I have worked professionally as a Spiritual Intuitive. When I began that work, I channelled and recorded many of my dreams, visions and insights through writing. So this created a habit of recording the memories of my subconscious, and the insights of my super-conscious (or higher Self). I continue to use that written channelling now, when I am in the early phases of a new project, and also, throughout, when revising. So for me, the first draft of my writings has been less about thorough planning and more about letting the characters, incidents and words just come, from a level of consciousness other than my conscious mind. Of course, this is a skill available to any writer, or to anyone in any field. Musicians, artists, great sports people, mountain climbers - any endeavour which requires something more than the usual day to day Self - tends to be achieved from this space. It is often described as stream of consciousness, or being 'in the zone'. Daydreaming, meditation, recording dreams - these are ways to train the mind to do that for you. For me as a writer, this creative experience, where the conscious mind is put aside, and the other parts of my mind take over, is both a wonderfully surprising experience and an essential part of my process. I strongly believe that the conscious mind should not interfere, or try to plan and lead the writing, for it would overpower the individual psyches of the characters, inhibiting their unique path, and their evolving as they should. My characters have their own souls, their own motivations and lives. As a writer, I feel a need to honour that. So I take my rightful place as scribe, and my conscious mind takes its place, when the time is right, as editor. My subconscious nourishes the characters with the raw materials of life. My higher Self is the conduit through which the genuine soul of the story is channelled and filtered. This higher Self is also where that raw material is transmuted into transformations such as compassion, deep insight and selfless sacrifice - and so, the evolution of character.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Strangely, perhaps, as I write fiction, my favourite books are more in the field of esoteric non-fiction, self development, and neuro-psychology. But these subjects do relate to esoteric and spiritual practices, development and growth of character, and understanding inner processes, forming a groundwork in a way, for my writing. Deepak Chopra's 'Seven Spiritual Laws of Success', and his 'The Way of the Wizard', Wayne W. Dyer's, 'The Power of Intention' and 'Your Sacred Self', James Hillman's 'The Soul's Code', and a book entitled 'The Five Stages of the Soul' by Harry R. Moody, and David Carroll, all changed my life in some way, by changing my outlook, and my expectations about future possibilities. Now I clearly know that possibility is limitless, and intention and action are powerful tools for bringing those possibilities into reality. In some way, it all relates back to our soul's journey in this lifetime.
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Books

Amora Trilogy Boxed Set
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 240,810. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Coming of age
A coming of age, a black heart, a tenacious curse, and an evermore love - Amora Trilogy is a fast-paced, riveting, magickal, fantasy mystery, which entices adolescent and older readers alike. Enter a new enchanted world, where the deathly threat of the beast Esor looms in the belly of Shadow Valley, and even best friends can't trust each other. Esor, Book 1, Elon, Book 2, Ever, Book 3
Ever, Book 3, Amora Trilogy
Series: Amora Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,530. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
Ever is a very long time for a promise. Amora is beset with madness and mayhem. Her borders are gone to disarray. Threat skulks ill-intentioned in Amora's shadows and sweeps Amora's skies. Moon is full with souls for feasting, held hostage by malevolence surely gone too far. Who can tame the evil of ELON, Emperor, Lord of Nether? A riveting, inspiring completion to the Amora Trilogy.
Elon, Book 2, Amora Trilogy
Series: Amora Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,680. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Following the whim of the winds to an unknown land on her Windhorse, Naweeya, Mae must unravel the mystery of the Plight of Elon, before she becomes a beast akin to Esor. Elon is an intriguing, magickal, fast paced adventure, for t'weens, teens and the young of heart.
Esor, Book 1, Amora Trilogy
Series: Amora Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,640. Language: Australian English. Published: May 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
It was a coming of age that would complete a prophecy or end Amora; that would settle a beast or release her rampant and rapacious; that would lead Mae and Brom on a potentially fatal collision course, not only with the beast ESOR, but also each other. ESOR, Book 1, Amora Trilogy, is a moving, magickal coming of age fantasy for t'weens, teens and the young of heart.

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