Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Thea Reeves and the Tear of the Morning Star

YA Fiction
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Thea Reeves is an ordinary girl, from an ordinary family with financial troubles, living in a small town of Johnston. After she starts an after school job at The Magic Shop in order to help herself financially, her life becomes more extraordinary with every day.


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The girl took her eyes away from the pug and redirected all of her attention toward the raven, who sat just a few feet away from her.  She talked softly, so no one, especially not even one of her neighbors or her parents would overhear.  People these days may get the wrong idea from just a few misheard words, and the witch hunts and trials can begin again.  Women have always been identified as the weaker sex throughout the centuries, and every time a woman spoke out or displayed any kind of strong character, she was met with oppression ... especially from the side of organized religion.  Not long ago, Thea learned about Salem Witch Trials a few centuries back, and about how many ordinary women were tried by the church and by their neighbors and were executed.  History tends to repeat itself.

I am no longer ordinary.  Thea thought to herself, and immediately understood that no longer being ordinary could actually have a negative impact, rather than a positive one.


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Thoughts on Writing and Thea Reeves

The way I write is I visualize the story happening in my mind, and then, simply describe what I see. There are really no “musts” or “must nots” in any of my stories, and it is exactly what makes them real. I do not follow any templates. It is possible to even write a story or a novel without a hero or a villain, then smile and watch the critics scratch their heads trying to figure out exactly what the book is all about.

The reason I began writing the Thea Reeves series, is because I wanted for my daughter to have a character that she really could relate to and a character she would really like. After finishing reading the first book of the series “Thea Reeves and The Tear of the Morning Star”, my daughter immediately asked for the second book. This is how I knew that I had my daughter’s approval to proceed with the series.

If asked “How many books will there be in the Thea Reeves series?”, I will answer this: I currently do not have an exact number of books I’d like to have. When I first started, I wanted to have 99 books in the series, and I also wanted to have a character, a hero, an audience could grow up with. Currently, however, I am not shooting quite that high and have 9 books planned, with 4 of the books already completed.

In regards to lessons I have learned though my character, Thea Reeves, I’d say there are none, since my approach is to actually teach lessons that I have learned in my life through the heroes and the villains in my books. I want my readers to understand that not every hero is a hero and may actually turn out to be a villain and do evil things … and not every villain is a villain and may actually turn out to be a hero and perform great acts of heroism. I want my readers to learn that everyone is capable of greatest acts of heroism, while at the same time capable of the greatest acts of evil.

When asked about things most people don’t know about me, I answer quite simply: There is a reason certain things are not known about me, and I’d like to keep it this way. In all other regards I’m actually quite open. My education is not in creative writing, but in 2014 I suddenly had an urge to write and haven’t stopped since. Currently I do not even know the exact number of books I have written, but I know that number is in the mid forties.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Dmitriy Kushnir is a Sarasota, FL local and is a student of life. In his younger years, he had served in the military and received various degrees from multiple universities. One day, Dmitriy Kushnir realized that he had just too much to share with the world and began writing in the fields of philosophy, business, religion, history, fantasy and science fiction. To this day, he has written more than 40 books under various aliases.




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