Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy by Rahima Warren
Tell me a little about your book.
It’s deep, dark yet inspiring fantasy of the healing journey from evil and suffering to redemption and love. The “twin-souled dark innocent,” Kyr, is a youth born and raised to blindly carry out the Soul-Drinker’s brutal commands. At first, Kyr’s one desire is death, the only escape from the Soul-Drinker’s hellish rule. Just when he is about to get his wish, the secret Circle rescues him. Now he has to choose between the familiar easy path of despair and death, or the hard path of healing, living, and a greater destiny, about which he knows nothing. The story explores the question of how a slave who has known only evil, pain and obedience can become a man of courage and compassion, find love, and fulfill the Star-Seer's Prophecy.
What gave you the idea for this particular story?
I had fantasies about a suffering hero for many years. Finally, I wrote a short story in my journal about him, hoping that would make him go away. Quite the opposite happened! He took over my life and insisted I write his entire story. Fortunately, that little story opened the floodgates of passionate creativity. It was so much fun writing Kyr’s story that I kept on writing for three years, every chance I got, until I reached the end of the story. It took an entire trilogy!
What about your book makes it special?
It is the combination of a compelling fantasy story full of magic, mystery and intrigue, with a deep exploration of the inner journey of recovery and transformation, as Kyr painfully learns what kindness, friendship and love are.
What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
I hope people will understand their own journeys toward wholeness, and be inspired to move beyond attitudes of blame and punishment toward themselves and others. One reader writes of her experience reading Dark Innocence:
“I found I could safely start to heal old wounds, and question things about my own beliefs. And it all happened through the story’s presentation of terrible suffering, acceptance, and growth, as opposed to having to analyze myself. I cried and laughed a lot, and consciously decided that if these characters can face such horrendous pain and evil, and come out to a place of lightness and beauty and love, so can I.
As a result, I have been able to forgive someone with whom I was very angry for a long time, for injuring me in a car accident. I have committed myself to deepen my recovery process. And I’m enjoying the effects of personal realizations about my own path in life and where I want to go.”
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Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
Not directly. This is entirely a fantasy, and not based on any real life events. However, I drew on my experience of my own healing journey, and on my experience as a psychotherapist and spiritual seeker.
Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not?
No. On my own journey and in my work, I had to learn that the dark and evil are as much a part of life as the light and good. If I couldn’t handle the pain, evil and suffering of my clients’ lives, I could not have been any help to them. If I couldn’t face my own, I could not have healed and grown beyond the limitations I took on due to the difficult aspects of my childhood. In working with dreams, I learned to accept and learn from even the worst nightmares. Exploring the shadows of the psyche allows us to come into balance. In my painting and writing, I set no limits on what can be expressed. Thus I was able to allow Kyr’s dark and difficult yet inspiring story to be told.
What’s in the future for you?
In addition to doing the outreach for Dark Innocence, I am editing Book Two: Difficult Blessings, and hope to make it available by early next year.
Where can people learn more about you and your work?
Thanks Penny for having me as a guest on your blog during my blog tour!
ABOUT Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy by Rahima Warren
The “twin-souled dark innocent,” Kyr, is a youth born and raised to blindly carry out the Soul-Drinker’s brutal commands. At first, Kyr’s one desire is death, the only escape from the Soul-Drinker’s hellish rule. Just when he is about to get his wish, the secret Circle rescues him. Now he has to choose between the familiar easy path of despair and death, or the hard path of healing, living, and a greater destiny, about which he knows nothing. How can a slave who has known only evil, pain and obedience choose to become a man of courage and compassion, and fulfill the Star Seer's Prophecy?
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Rahima Warren’s Bio:
Rahima Warren is the author of Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy, a deep, rich novel of the healing journey. With Master's degrees in Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology, she was in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist for over 20 years. In 2006, Rahima retired to focus on her expressive painting, creative writing, and spiritual studies.
In her work with clients recovering from abuse, she was awed by the human capacity to heal, and to reach new levels of forgiveness, wholeness and happiness. She also learned to trust the psyche's own process. This enabled her to allow a dark and mysterious story to flood forth unhindered: Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy.
Rahima is a third-generation native of California and resides with her husband in Northern California, where she periodically chases squirrels off the wild bird feeders, and deer away from her roses. Her life-long love of fantasy is her parents' fault: they left sci-fi & fantasy magazines with fascinating cover art lying around the house.
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