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The Phantom's Curse: A Cosy Chat with YA author Shelley Wilson
Shelley Wilson is an English author of young adult fantasy fiction and motivational self-help titles.
Her playful side writes young adult fiction to remind you that magic exists, and her sensible side writes non-fiction books to inspire you to be the best you can be.
Shelley is a single mum of three young adults, has a crazy black cat called Luna and is obsessed with vampires, Tudor and Viking history, and exploring castles.
Welcome to the Story Cave, Shelley!
Hi Martha, thank you so much for inviting me to join you on your fabulous blog. I’m excited to share The Phantom’s Curse with you and your readers.
At the heart of the Phantom’s curse is this mysterious and unseen creature who terrorised our characters in the past. In the Prologue, you talk about how leaders thought they could control the Phantom and use it to increase their power, but every time it was too big and powerful to control and it ripped through the country causing chaos and destruction. Does this image have something to say about our current political situation?
I’d be lying if I said the political landscape didn’t influence me. When I was writing TPC, my newsfeed was flooded with stories from Syria and how certain factions were turning away those in need. The divisions in society (and life) have travelled through the centuries with us. Some changes are being made, but on the whole, we all find our ‘place’ and get on with it. I saw this in the characters who live in the Link. The inner city elite ignores them, but they are stronger than anyone realises – if they can only learn to work together for the greater good
Marianne, our heroine, is both a compassionate healer and a badass warrior, and female strength is really at the heart of this story. What does Marianne have to tell us about the nature of strength and of how women, or fictional heroines, are perceived?
As someone who has given her power away far too often, I aim to bestow all my main characters with more common sense than I ever possessed as a teen! Teaching my daughter to stand up for what she believes in has been a parenting goal of mine since the nurse handed her over in the delivery room. I want my books to share that same message. We all suffer from self-doubt but dig a little deeper, and we ALL have an inner strength waiting to shine through.
This month’s energy reading …
Energy Reading for August 2020
For this reading I used the Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti, published by www.Llewellyn.com and available on Amazon.
There is a lot of confusion at the moment, with mixed messages and masked intentions making it hard to understand what is relevant to your path and what is a distraction. This is causing an atmosphere of general mistrust and anxiety that becomes self-fulfilling in its nature, particularly as people become increasingly tuned into the collective, whilst many do not yet have strategies in place to filter the energies that come through.
You have been undergoing a process of expanding your sensitivity to the energies that surround you, with people becoming involved in the feelings and experiences of others to a much greater extent. For those of you who are already used to this process, this has become overwhelming at times because your normal levels of tolerance are being challenged by the changes in the collective energy. But you are also in a better position to control and filter the energies that you allow into your personal field. This is becoming increasingly important, and there is a need for each of you to think carefully about how you structure your time and intentions in order to allow in the most helpful energy to your personal development.
Your ability to distinguish your own work from what belongs to others is being challenged to a greater extent. It is possible to maintain deep compassion for those around you without allowing their releasing energies to be absorbed into your energy field and your physical form.
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