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About Christina Anne Hawthorne
Christina Anne Hawthorne grew up in the northeast, but presently lives amidst the soaring peaks and winding rivers in northwest Montana with her two cats who double as critics. After a difficult childhood and a terrible illness she sought ways to heal, cope, and grow without depending upon the drugs her body little tolerated. For that reason, The Renaissance Cycle, her poetry collection, is an appropriate first book because it explores the themes most prevalent in her upcoming novels: hope, determination, thankfulness, finding our place in the world, and overcoming great odds.
Her primary focus is the fantasy genre she discovered in her mid teens (not counting The Wizard of Oz watched on black and white television). Years later a unique fantasy world formed in her mind, the stories there not only containing distinctive magic, but also stressing adventure, mystery, and romance. Thus was Ontyre born, a land where magic replaces the mechanical age and electricity. Mammoths still roam the north. Werewolves often hunt in packs. Wizards and sorcerers are locked in opposition. If stolen lifeforce is used to reinforce magical ability it becomes an addiction. The last human refuge near the continent's center is all that remains of a vast empire long gone. What exists beyond the borders is a mystery in its own right.
You can learn more on her website - christinaannehawthorne.com - where maps and a sample short story are available. More tales will follow.
Depression reassures us with whispers urging isolation. It steals our reason, awareness, and sight while goading us to cut ourselves off from help. It also creates shortcuts in our brain as habits do, thus making it easier to suffer its terrible grip again. Nine years ago, desperate, my hope a thread, I sought help. Eventually I found the man who taught me how to journey towards recovery, to remain in that place, and to continue learning.
This poetry collection chronicles that journey to a happier place where there’s fulfillment and self-esteem amidst life’s challenges.
The loosely arranged collection's first and shortest part, Sadness, examines depression, abuse, heartbreak, loss, tragedy…various sources that have brought me pain over the years. Despite its dark tone I encourage its reading, for it puts what follows in context. The second part, Awareness, focuses on opening the mind, discovering truths, and altering perceptions. Part Three, Reason, explores choices, mindfulness, determination, and self-reliance. The final part, Renaissance, celebrates love, hope, creativity, thankfulness…in general, a happy life.
It’s my hope you’ll find yourself in this collection and, if necessary, seek the road to healing. I suffered the “infinite sadness” for far too long, but assure you it’s possible to escape that prison and journey to your own Renaissance.