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About Heather Smith
Heather Perrywinkle Smith was born and raised in the hills outside of Garberville, California. Her unconventional upbringing fostered a closeness with nature, a joy of exploring imagination and wondering what else is possible beyond what is being presented as normal and real.
Married since 2005.
"The Pharaoh's Builders" is her fourth book and first novel.
This story started in a flash of inspiration. I was on my way home from a life changing and uplifting trip to New Zealand. It was in the first few hours of the long flight home that I suddenly had a scenario run through my head. Vivid, clear and embodying more than just the images. It was a visceral, energetic scene unfolding in my minds eye. I thought to myself, "this would be a great story" and instead of letting it go at that, I actually wrote it all down. This became the opening scene to this book "The Pharaoh's Builders"!
Just as the first scene unfolded with a life of it's own, so too did the rest of the book. I would only write when it was easy, when it was fun and when it had that energy of the first moment of conception.
The charactors or relationship between charactors and the events that would unfold would come sometimes only in a few words, sometimes the entire scene, sometimes without words, just a sense of an energy not yet actualized. I would play with it, ask it to reveal what it would like next.
Having never written a novel before and having no pre-conceived notion of the right or wrong way to procede I continued to follow whatever showed up, as the joy of it for me. I would write a few sentences on my iPhone, I would write for hours on my laptop, I would scribble notes on a napkin...this has been a playful creation that I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing!
Titles By Heather Smith
Born a slave in Pharaoh's Land, Bilal had little hope or prospects to improve his life. Indeed his own father has worked mercilessly with their own slave master to mold him into a fighter; the best fighter Pharaoh’s Land has ever seen. They went so far as to put him in death matches. Two men enter and only one leaves alive. He was fifteen when they put him to his first match. His foreign blood line that made him massively larger gave him the advantage; and up to now he had never lost. Losing would truly be the end of him. Only in the darkest recesses of his mind did he contemplate the freedom losing would give him.
Bilal contemplates his next step. Will he choose to plummet to his death? Standing on the cliffs edge the warm and gentle breeze of days end touches him, caressing his body with gentle presence. As he takes in the breath taking beauty of the land and setting sunlight spreading out before him he is renewed. The beauty begins to return him to himself and gives him the will to carry on.
It is this transformation from utter despair to hope and possibility that gives him a power far beyond his own comprehension. But there are others who watch him, others who know; he embodies the capacities of oneness that are about to change the world as the first pyramid has begun to be built.
The Pharaoh’s Builders weaves together an engaging story revealing the magic and beauty hidden in all things and the unlikely choices for kindness in a world most often ugly with the cruelty of those willing to kill for a position of power.
This is the fourth book and first novel from #1 bestselling author Heather Perrywinkle Smith.