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Eternal Lovers by V.S. Nelson
Ancient Legends - New Worlds Humans weren't the only ones to migrate to America... When two hidden worlds collide near modern day Lake Michigan, Jennifer, a young Native American, is confronted with the reality not everything is as it seems and things do go bump in the night. The questions she has long since asked are answered in this epic tale of self discovery when she meets Gabriel; the director of Guardians Incorporated. Born in New Tuat, Netchkhet, now known as Gabriel, came to Earth some five thousand years ago to protect the human race, Disillusioned because of an unfulfilled prophecy, he has become cold and distant - even from those of his kind. Secretly, he waits for his enemy to take his head so he may leave this world for good. Can a tiny Selkie melt his hardened heart and restore his faith in a power far greater than himself? When history repeats itself, can he save her from death's embrace or will they be robbed of a future again?
Age: 18 years and up
I am delighted to welcome author V.S. Nelson to The Fantastical World of Wonders today. Virginia, thank you for being here today. I'd like to start off asking you, why do you write under your initals rather than your first and last name? Is it to hide your sexuality?
V: Not at all. When I first switched from writing non-fiction to fiction I felt a change was necessary. I, like most authors also googled my name. I was surprised to find my name was being used by another author. What surprised me was she also writes paranormal romance often on the erotic side. We have since become facebook friends and joke freely about our common name. Virginia Nelson is my maiden name where it is her married name. Making a long story short I felt it best to use my initials for my fictional stories. There was never any intention on my part to hide my gender.
I think our readers would like to learn more about you as a person. Can you tell us at least five things most readers don't know about you?
V: Well, I'm not too sure what your readers know or don't know about me so I'll start off by stating things I mentioned on my website then share a few secrets with you. I'm Native American, a Scorpio and a grandmother who refuses to admit that I am as old as I truly am since I am still very young at heart. I wrote non-fiction and text books for years while I taught school in New Mexico and the Middle East. I'm retired now and spend my days writing fiction in sunny Arizona where I live with the light of my life who was also my high school sweetheart. (More on this personal story below.) I have a fondness for the occult, ancient cultures and religions which I believe led me to write paranormals and urban fantasies.
Now on to some of the things your readers may not know about me.
(1) I was diagnosed with MS in 1990 and was confined to a wheel chair for over two years. Thing got so bad with my health I feared I would spend my remaining days in a rest home. I made the decision to try several alternative healing methods, including acupuncture, to which I am forever grateful for. It is a long haul but I eventually regained the use of my legs and arms.
(2) As a young teenager, in 1964, I ran away with my high school boyfriend after my parents moved from Central California to Northern California. I hated my new school and was so lonely without him we choose to runaway to Reno to get married. Sadly, I chickened out once we pulled up to a wedding chapel. He returned home as did I and we broke up. A year later my family moved back to central California and the two of us picked up where we left off. A few months later, fate deemed we would not end up together. He married someone else as did I. I hadn't seen or heard from Tom in years until ten years ago when I received an email from classmates dot com that he was trying to find me. We emailed back and forth for sometime before the phone calls started. We decided to meet up in person and felt Las Vegas would be a central and safe meeting place. Our weekend adventure turned into a week. Two months later, Tom made the move to Arizona and we have been together ever since. We have been content with our relationship and both feel we are committed enough in that relationship that a formal ceremony was not necessary. — That was until Thanksgiving Day when we were discussing which conferences I would attend in 2013. A decision to take part in the Romance Novel Convention in Las Vegas was quickly made. While making arrangements for the conference on line, Tom suggested that since we would both be in Vegas we might as well go ahead and tie the knot officially. As it turns out the model, Jimmy Thomas, who is hosting the even will be officiating the ceremony during the conference's costume ball. What better place to formally say our vows than at a romance convention?
(3) Another unknown fact about me is, after I retired from teaching college in New Mexico, I ended up teaching for another twelve years in the Middle East and Egypt. It was perhaps the most rewarding experience I have had the pleasure in my life. I lived in Qatar, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Egypt in addition to a few other places and wouldn't change a thing about my life there. The people of those countries are rich in culture and I feel blessed to have known them.
(4) Much like the heroine, Jennifer, in Eternal Lovers — Sekhmet's Guardians — Book One, I was raised by my grandparents until fourth grade at which time I moved in with my mother and step-father.
Wow, you sure have led an amazing life. Do you draw on your personal experiences when writing your stories?
V: I think every writer no matter how their story comes to them will draw on their experiences and past emotions when developing their story lines and character profiles. As I mentioned, Jennifer and I share similar childhoods.
So where do your stories come from? Do you plot them out?
V: I'm very much a seat-of-the-pants type of writer. I write what I see or feel. Each story comes from a different place inside me. Cupid's story developed with a mere thought while Sekhmet's Guardians was revealed to me through dreams. Gabriel the leader of Sekhmet's Guardians came to me years ago when I was in Egypt. Too busy to give him the attention he demanded, I placed him in the folds of my sub-conscious until he demanded I pay attention to him. That was three years ago. He still visits nightly sharing the Guardian's amazing tales and I continue to write them out.
Virginia, I'd like to thank you for being my special guest today. I hope you will consider coming back in the near future and sharing more of your exciting life with us.
V: Thank you. I loved being here and will check back later to see if any of your readers have questions for me.
If you would like to know more about author V.S. Nelson or her books I suggest you hop over to her website http://www.authorvsnelson.com/
About the Author
V.S. Nelson has always enjoyed reading stories with strong relationships and happy endings so it’s not surprising she found herself writing across the romance genre. Even her commercial fiction, Sins of a Man, the memoirs of a Mafia Hit man, is layered with romantic elements. Landing in Arizona, after an exciting teaching career, which took her to the Middle East for several years, she lives in Arizona where she spend most of her time making love to her computer while writing, editing or researching, seven to ten hours a day. The days she’s not writing, you will find her with her critique partners at Starbucks, attending or presenting a workshop or at a RWA meeting. Being a Native American woman and a Scorpio, she’s always had a fondness for history, mythology, the occult, and the unexplained events which have occurred on this world we call home. It was no wonder she found herself writing a paranormal series. She enjoys hearing from readers, fans and people with similar interests. They are more than welcome to contact her through her website http://www.authorvnelson.com/