The Creation Of The Children of Ankh Series
12. Feb. 2018
Well, many of you know how this series came to light but for those who don't, allow me to share this tale about how an author of children's books ended up what could very well become a paranormal fantasy franchise. In 2009, I wrote two light-hearted and magical children's books. Being Four was texted into my phone January 28th of 2009 in the middle of the night. I'd had this beautiful dream about being in kindergarten, holding baby chicks. I recalled standing in the forest as a ray of light shone through the branches of the trees and how it made me feel. I didn't even remember texting it into my phone until I bought a new cell phone. I found the book in the notes file and was driven by this inner voice to find a publisher. I wrote Shark Boots on B.C. Ferries shortly after, when I was on my back from a trip to Vancouver. Both children's books were published that year and I was totally set on my writing direction.
I was a single mother with a son in kindergarten and a daughter in high school. By the end of the summer that year I knew something was happening to me. I had these crazy sounding symptoms, I couldn't explain. The symptoms made it impossible for me to continue living as an exercise-obsessed track runner. I knew what it was...Five years earlier, I'd felt this way and it had been all but blown off by my doctor in Alberta. By October of that year, I knew I had multiple sclerosis. I'd been shown my diagnosis about twenty minutes prior to getting on a school bus with my son's kindergarten class. Here is a picture of Cameron from that afternoon.
Not long after this day, I had a nightmare in the middle of the night. I woke up terrified and wrote it down. The nightmare began at the swinging door in Sweet Sleep and ended at the creepy lullaby. The next day I began writing Sweet Sleep with only three fully functional fingers. I'd altered my path so I could continue running using my imagination. It's now 2018 and this series has allowed me to work through so many emotions. I don't know how this started but I do know why. I plan to honor that knowledge by continuing down this path as long as I can because I'm now a creator of a universe.
To everyone reading this right now... Never give up. There is always a way to fight the dragons at your door. Sometimes, you just need to embrace them and allow them in.
I'm giving you all a free book for stopping by this blog.
The promo code for Sweet Sleep is HZ62M
Behind The Series ☥
One thousand years ago, procreation with mortals became illegal under the immortal law. Any suspected immortal offspring will be allowed to live until the age of sixteen. At this time, a Correction will be sent to erase their family line. The suspected immortal and their immediate family will be executed. If the partially immortal teen manages to survive their Correction, or they have impressed the Guardians of the in-between with their bravery, they may be granted a second chance as a sacrificial lamb for the greater good. They must join one of three clans of immortals living on earth. Clan Ankh, Clan Trinity, or Clan Triad. They will then have the symbol of that clan branded into their flesh and with this mark, their souls will no longer be permitted through the hall of souls when they die. They must wait in the in-between for their clans to heal their mortal shells. Once they have reached the age of eighteen they will be sealed to their clan. The next step is to train their partially mortal brains to survive the stresses of immortality. The next feat will be the immortal Testing where they will be dropped into a floating crypt the size of New York City. This Testing is fuelled by your worst nightmares. It is a place of magic. A personal hell, where anything can happen. Here you must die a thousand times if need be, in increasingly violent ways until you understand what it is to be immortal. All three Clans go into the Testing. They must remain together and search for the Amber room in order to survive. There is a catch…only the first two clans that find the Amber room will be allowed out. The third clan will remain trapped in the nightmare forever…
Kim Cormack writes about the creation of her first children's book, multiple sclerosis and what led to the start of Sweet Sleep and the Children of the Ankh series. She's also left a special code for our readers to get a free digital book.
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