Hello book lovers! I missed you all very much, and I finally beat the blogging slump. 🙂 Today I would like to share a great guest post written by Claude Randall about the inspiration for his book The Morning Tree. I hope you will enjoy it. 🙂
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Genre: Religious & spiritual fiction / Adventure / Historical mysteries
Release date: 27 06 2019
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £13.99 (GBP)
Kindle $4.85 (USD)/ Paperback $15.99 (USD)
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Pages: ~ 453
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Description of the book: The discovery of a manuscript written by a Tibetan monk reveals the Morning Tree – powerful esoteric knowledge that can transform people’s lives and lead humanity to a golden age. The Morning Tree, protected for centuries, now needs to be released – but dark forces are determined to destroy it. The manuscript tells how Thaza, a Mongolian horseman with his own inner demons, is led to the Morning Tree and eventually risks his life for truths he comes to realise are vital for humanity. The manuscript is discovered by Daniel Clifton, an English academic seeking a quiet life. His life too is turned upside down as he grasps the importance of the Morning Tree and the urgent need to reveal it to the world. Thaza and Daniel’s extensive journeys span 1930s Tibet to modern day London. They offer a fresh way to understand life, see death in a new light, expand consciousness and recognise the spirituality now coming in.
Guest post: About The Morning Tree by Claude Randall
The opening line of the book – It all started when I killed my grandfather – came one evening whilst on a short break to Germany.
Along with the opening line came the main character, his story and some of the other people he would encounter. The idea was alive, and the more I looked at it, the more about the book and what it might be was revealed.
I immediately saw that the storyline would enable me to do what I have long wanted – which is to write a story that both captivates the reader and gives them insights into life and the way things are from a new perspective. In other words, I wanted not only to tell a story, but to give the reader food for thought.
The Morning Tree is in two halves. The first half tells how, in the 1930s, a Mongolian horseman called Thaza is led to Tibet where he is told of a compilation of esoteric knowledge called the Morning Tree. Dark forces want to destroy it, and Thaza is asked to take the Morning Tree out of Tibet before the dark are successful. The second half describes how an English academic in modern day London called Daniel finds out about Thaza’s exploits, realises the importance of the Morning Tree and then, in a race against the dark, tries to find the book and release its knowledge to the world.
Although the book uses the device of ‘ancient prophecy holds the key to spirituality ’, it evolves this genre. I have always wondered why spiritual knowledge only ever seems to be centuries old. Why, when we know the age of the universe, how life began on Earth and how our cells operate, we still rely on the Vedanta, Buddha or Christ for spiritual knowledge. The Morning Tree shows that actually spirituality is present today and in more significant ways than the past.
The book also uses the device of ‘dark forces seeking to stop the light’ but, I hope, adds to it. I have always been puzzled why, in books like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, there are so many people who are evil. The Morning Tree gives reasons why evil exits and, more importantly, why there may be positive reasons for it.
In fact, the book shows that there are likely to be positive reasons behind most of what happens in our lives and the world. As an example, I show in the book how, although the invasion of Tibet and the oppression if its culture and religion by the Chinese is wrong, it has also revealed Tibet’s treasures to the world and has improved the material condition of the country.
The one area where I most wanted to show that there are positive reasons for what happens is with death. We all fear death, and are knocked backwards by it. Yet death is natural, inevitable and ever present. My experience of death over the years, and most recently with my wife passing, has opened up the subject for me. In The Morning Tree I show that although grief is natural, if we can understand more about death, we can have a new emotion, which is to feel happy for the one who has gone.
I was lucky in that I did not have to do much research. Although much of the book takes place in Tibet, I had visited the country in 1998 and studied the history of the region for a Masters degree at university. As for the spiritual concepts in the book, that had been something I had been reading and thinking about all my life.
I wrote the first draft of the book over two years. I knew where the story started, and where it ended. I found that I just had to open up to the next step in the narrative, and the plot and character development would unfold. As I was working, and had two young children, I had to fit writing time into my day. At the end, most of the book was written in the half hour to forty minutes I had every evening after finishing the washing up and before running the children’s bath.
As I was writing, I made a point of not rereading what I had written. I felt it was important to make progress and let the story develop rather than review what I had done.
I probably spent as much time editing the book as I had writing it. Editing for me meant smoothing the rough parts, and taking out superfluous words and passages. My aim was always to make things clear and easy for the reader. I found that I had to go through the book dozens of times, and gradually detach myself from it, so I could see what needed to be changed more clearly. I discovered that editing never stops. Even now, reading the published version, I still find myself thinking of ways to improve it.
I hope The Morning Tree fulfils my aim of entertaining the reader and giving new ways to think about life and death, and the direction the world is travelling in. I hope above all that it gives hope and some peace of mind.
About the author: Claude Randall was born in London, grew up in Surrey, read History at the University of Exeter, was a political lobbyist and now lives in Wales.
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