Please welcome Tina Frisco, author of Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012.
Tricia: Tell us a little about yourself.
Tina: I am an author, singer-songwriter-performer, RN, shaman apprentice, animal/human rights/ environmental/social change activist. I was born in Pennsylvania (USA), studied nursing in New York, and am currently living in California. I love writing, reading, music, and nature, among many other things. I’m hoping my new novel, Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012, will take off and become a best-seller!
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
Tina: As a child, I’d write little quips and poems. I began writing songs at the age of 14, when I got my first guitar. I wrote short stories and essays in college, and I’ve written and published a few articles in medicine. I started writing my debut novel – Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012 – in 2011 and published it in 2012.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent publication?
Tina: The protagonist in “Plateau” is a 15-year-old tribal female named W’Hyani, who discovers her strengths and her destiny by overcoming adversity while in concert with honoring the wisdom of her elders. Her will, fortitude, and ingenuity are tested many times over within the tenor of adventure and mystery. She must learn to trust blindly and overcome fear exhaustively, without fully knowing why she was born the Keeper of the Crystal Heart. The Crystal Heart is the requisite key to the Great Mosaic of Life. W’Hyani’s people, the E’Ghali, inject humor and wisdom throughout this tale of adventure and hope. Will love prevail over fear?
Plateau proffers a dash of insight and a bounty of hope. What I wish to say to my readers is this: We must keep our hearts open and act from love instead of react from fear, and we must practice gratitude and compassion within every moment and with every breath. In doing so, we’ll raise our vibratory rate and help elevate the human species to a higher consciousness, facilitating both personal and global peace. And above all, we must harm none and walk in beauty…
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
Tina: After watching one too many “doomsday” documentaries regarding the supposed end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, I felt both disheartened and determined. I don’t embrace apocalyptic theories and was compelled to write a novel of hope. I completed the preliminary manuscript within 2 months and named it “Beyond the Trees.” Then a fascinating phenomenon occurred. One day while I was working a crossword puzzle, the word “publish” appeared, followed by the word “plateau.” I realized I’d had a light-bulb moment! Paying attention to this, I renamed my novel “Plateau” and subtitled it “Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012.” I then asked a dear friend to draw the cover art, envisioning a prismatic crystal heart, a dominant symbol throughout the story. The end product was exquisite.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your novel?
Tina: Text! I was eager to get it published well before 12/21/12 and had written into the story line the messages I wanted to share, but it wasn’t long enough to qualify as a novel. So I had to broaden my imagination and flesh out the narrative. I never encountered writer’s block, but I did find it most challenging.
Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Tina: I don’t have a favorite character. I enjoyed creating and developing all of them.
Tricia: Which character was the most challenging to write?
Tina: All of them were equally challenging at first, but once I began developing them, my writing flowed with relative ease.
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Tina: Lynn Andrews has inspired me the most. Her willingness to write about her spiritual growth in a detailed and personal way profoundly encouraged my writing.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
Tina: I’ve just begun a sequel to Plateau.
Tricia: If your book was ever made into a movie, which actors and actresses would you cast?
Tina: I don’t have specific actors in mind, but I’d want them to be native peoples, because the story is about an indigenous tribe sequestered on a high plateau and having little contact with the outside world.
Tricia: How do you handle unfavorable reviews?
Tina: Don’t know. Haven’t received any! But I imagine I’d glean from them what is helpful, and discard the rest.
Tricia: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have five books with you, which books would you choose?
Tina: Lynn Andrews’ The Woman of Wyrrd and Coming Full Circle, Mary Summer Rain’s Daybreak and Earthway, and Sun Bear’s The Bear Tribe’s Self-Reliance Book.
Tricia: What songs/artists are on the playlist for your book?
Tina: Myself, John Denver, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, and the theme songs from Last of the Mohicans and Chariots of Fire.
Tricia: Do you have any special skills, education, or hobbies that enhance your writing abilities?
Tina: I’ve been a singer/songwriter/performer all of my adult life, which has greatly enhanced my writing abilities.
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Tina: Follow your passion and don’t allow anything or anyone to discourage you. Each one of us is unique and, therefore, has a unique perspective to offer the world.
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For a moment she was stunned. Swinging high in midair, she was out of breath and out of control. Holding bow and arrow in one hand, with the other hand she pulled her stone knife from the sheath around her waist, determined to hack off the creature’s legs. But instantly she realized this would seal her own doom; the fall would be far too inordinate for her to survive. Not wanting this horrific beast to occasion her death, she momentarily considered thrusting the knife into her own heart. But shock quickly gave way to reason, and she shoved the knife back into its sheath. She let the bow slide up her arm and reached behind to thrust the arrow into her quiver. She then swung herself around and grabbed hold of the creature’s legs. The gondrah let go a blaring screech and did whatever it could to break W’Hyani’s grip. It repeatedly swooped high then quickly dove low, like a turbulent, undulant wave. It flung its mighty tail side to side in swift oscillation. It rendered rapid upside-down-to-right-side-up spins, over and over until W’Hyani’s head reeled. It snapped its left wing downward and pointed it directly to the ground far below, then rapidly turned one hundred and eighty degrees and snapped its left wing toward the heavens. But the more the creature tried to break W’Hyani’s hold, the tighter it became. W’Hyani screamed at the beast, “Ahkahcha Yoteh!” “Ahkahcha Yoteh!” but soon realized the next move was hers. She let go the gondrah’s legs, swung herself back around, snatched an arrow from her quiver and steadied it in her bow, then waited for an opportune moment to strike.