In summation, this story is very much a “work of heart”, with every adventure-packed word, every pearl of wisdom and insight, every pang of sadness, every darkly-humorous laugh, and every highly-relatable emotional moment that passes. It has cultural and historical references that range from Shakespeare all the way to Superman, and it is highly recommended for those who believe that modern books simply don’t have enough of a heart, on a pure and accessible level. Here is some interview-based insight from the author, Sofia Lvsh, as to where the art and heart in her book came from…
Where did you first get the kernel of the idea that became this story? About how long did it take you to develop it all the way to the book’s completion?
It took me 4 years to write the main part of the book. I didn’t write anything for around a year, but then I got back into it. I had sent the manuscript to various publishers and was turned down…but, two years afterwards, I found my current publisher.
What were some of your biggest literary and cultural influences throughout the crafting of this book?
I enjoy reading JK Rowling, Simon Golding, and Paulo Coelho, although I don’t believe my writing style is anything like theirs. Culturally, I was mainly influenced by Egypt and Mexico.
Did you have to do a lot of religious or travel-based research in writing this book, specifically regarding the Illuminati and the Templars?
I did plenty of research into the Illuminati, and I have always been very interested in the many branches of spirituality. In terms of travel, the story of the book was “downloaded” into my mind as I was meditating inside The Great Pyramid back in October 2011.
Were there any specific real-life experiences, profession-wise, relationship-wise, or religion-wise, that inspired any of the key events of this book?
The events in Mexico actually did happen to me, but, most of the book was dramatized in order to increase the story’s level of excitement. Many of the characters were based on real-life people, some of them were composites of several or more people, and others of them were created from whole cloth.
Social media seems to play a big role in this story…what are your specific views on it?
I believe social media is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it is an amazing and powerful tool, which allows you to connect with people all over the world at the touch of a button. On the other hand, certain people have turned into trolls, dishing out many kinds of insults and abuse, all while hiding behind their keyboard.
This story seems to have a great many highly-personal insights regarding trauma, self-care, sensitivity, idealism, love, and sexuality…how do you believe feminism most enters into this personal dimension of your book?
Our heroine, Sabine, is a very confident and self-reliant woman. I deliberately gave Sabine these qualities because I wanted all kinds of women readers to feel empowered within themselves.
This story also seems to have a lot of complicated observations regarding the social class system, intolerance, morality, and politics (both relationship-based and otherwise)…and how religion can both heighten and subvert all of those things, sometimes quite dramatically. What is the ONE thing you most want religious-minded and spiritualist readers to take away from this story?