Hi! My real name is Tsira Gelenava-Volobueva, and I am from Georgia, a country located right where the East meets the West. I completed five years at the Tbilisi State University with honors and became a Philologist. I taught language arts at the Technical University of Georgia for ten years and then worked at the Faculty of Russian History at the Tbilisi State University for a year. Later I found myself interested in the field of law and started my employment at a private Law firm. The next ten years of my life I spent in America, working in the field of design, though I had never forgotten my true passion for literature and history. "And God requireth that which is past" was thought out and mostly written during that period of time. In 2009 I returned to my motherland, and continue to live here to this day. During the last years, at different times, I have worked as a teacher at the Academy of World Languages, as an Ambassador’s personal referent and Head of the Chancellery at the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia, and as a freelance tutor and translator for various organizations.Now, at this stage of my life, I think I'm finally ready to release my more than a decade-long literary work into the world for you, my dear reader. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Georgia, in a very loving but at the same time quite a strict family, especially when it came to education. So from the early childhood I was taught to constantly seek knowledge and respect the facts. As far as I can recall, I have always been a dreamer, with a head full of all sorts of fantasies, and naturally this trait of my personality is the main source of my creative inspiration, although the environment in which I was brought up most definitely has had a huge impact on my writing. I think that a good book should deliver a lot of delights to the reader, but at the same time it should provide at least some kind of knowledge as well. I mainly work on historical topics, and for this reason I thoroughly study the facts before even starting to write about the chosen matter. Three quarters of my time is spent on research and only one quarter on the writing itself. For example, while working on the multi-volume novel “And God Requireth that which is Past” I had to scrutinize more than four dozen ancient sources and scientific works relating to the period of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Of course such an approach takes a lot of time and energy, but in the end the reader will only benefit from this.
And God Requireth That Which is Past broaches many controversial historical events during the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Although strongly based on academic sources, the narrative is still written in an entertaining, almost sensual manner. The romantic relationship of the two main characters, Mzysia, the spirited daughter of the Svan chief, and Kshayarsha, the fierce ruler of the Empire, is used as the foremost fabula of the novel to bring up the other, perhaps more vital issues of any time, such as: undying love, true friendship, dizzying adventures, distant travels, palace intrigues, dirty politics, bloody wars, early religions, origins of different philosophical trends, sex, homosexuality, the position of women in ancient societies and many other deeply motivating and actual matters that are more than presented in this work. This project is huge. It features 50 main and 400 secondary characters, all of them thoroughly researched. Geographically it covers the whole then existing world. The story starts in 503 BCE in the middle of Darius I reign, continues through Xerxes I entire time in power and ends in the fifth year of Artaxerxes I sovereignty in 460 BCE.
The Real Faces Behind the Fiction is a brief introductory Encyclopedia of the series "And God Requireth that which is Past" - a historical saga about the Achaemenid Persian Empire. It tells how the images of the characters of the novel were created, which of them were real historical people and who are the products of the author's imagination.
მეფე დარიავახუშის ზეობის შუა პერიოდი. ორი ნათელი ახალგაზრდა სახე: მზისია, სვანთა მთავრის თავნება ასული და ქშაიარშა (ქსერქსე I), სპარსეთის ტახტის უშიშარი მემკვიდრე; წყალი და ცეცხლი, რა ძალამ უნდა შეჰყაროს ერთად ეს ორი ბუნებით დაპირისპირებული სტიქია? შვიდ წიგნად წარმოდგენილი ისტორიული რომანის: „და აწ გარდასულს მხოლოდ ღმერთი გამოიძიებს“ ძირითადი დილემაც სწორედ ამ საკითხის გადაწყვეტა გახლავთ.
The second book of the series And God Requireth That Which is Past, Heliodora, follows Xerxes’ sweetheart Mzysia as she escapes to Greece through Babylon. Here the reader meets those Hellen statesmen who will play very important roles in the upcoming Greco-Persian war. Love stories and fascinating adventures also await the reader there, along with the Greek Gods.
Two bright young faces: Mzysia, the spirited daughter of the Svan chief and Kshayarsha, the fierce heir to the Persian throne; water and fire, how can these two elements possibly become one? The first installment of the series "And God Requireth that which is Past" tells the beginning of these two rebels amidst court intrigues, bloody wars, and dizzying adventures.