So, I get asked a lot… “Did you always dream of writing?” Uh, no. “Oh,“ they say, as if that response has never actually occurred before and the conversation comes to a stuttering halt. I always dreamt of being an animal caretaker.
I know. I know. Lots of folks dream that, but then there’s that whole “here’s your bucket of Meeses Pieces. Be careful of the barn owl; he likes to land on your head” thing. Writing suddenly looks really good. Less snakes. So, I was just slower to come around to that way of thinking. Kind of the same speed as my survival instincts around large predators. I do so love a big kitty. Probably why I wrote about feline shapeshifters.
9th Life is my combination of multiple loves: animals, paranormal, and yogic tradition. What? Confusing? Let me explain. Nope, there’s too much; let me sum up. (Always Princess Bride with me. What can ya do?) The shapeshifters in my trilogy, The Naming of Legends, are known as the Ailuro, and they are capable of a lot more than simply dropping into fur. I practice kriya yoga and am fascinated with the study of energy around the tradition. Also quantum physics. Together the two conjure an impression: thought effects outcome. Like most authors, I asked the extreme question; what if a race of people were simply wired to slip into that profound meditative state where thought precedes form? That’s how stories are born—what if…
So after three years of writing The Naming of Legends trilogy, I decided to release it into the wild, hoping that it would find its place. Those who’ve read it would tell you that the story is a lot like a cat; it pulls you in with a purr before sinking its teeth. Just what you’d expect from a zookeeper.
Wendy Beck, and 9th Life, can be found in some pretty wild places. These are safer: