Today we welcome Barbara Villemez, author of Dreaming Dark.
Good Morning Barbara, and welcome to the creatinglifestyle blog.
Q. Perhaps we can start by hearing a little about yourself, where you come from, what you do.
A. I’ve had a lot of different experiences. As a military brat growing up I’ve been in a lot of different countries. I’m a psychotherapists, clinical hypnotherapist and, recently, a university instructor.
I’m also credentialed as a Feng Shui practitioner and teacher. My private practice was in Dallas where I held workshops for women’s empowerment as well as lecturing at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Q. So you have moved away from Dallas. Where are you now?
A. I’m now living in New Mexico and devoting my time to writing.
Q. I gather you are currently writing a series. Can you give us some background to these novels
A. Dreaming Dark is the first in a trilogy. I have finished the second novel, Dark Whisper, which takes place in the Big Horn mountains of Wyoming.
Q. And what are you currently working on?
A. I’ve started on the third of the trilogy, which takes place on the Navajo reservation, northern New Mexico, and I’m rewriting a workbook and tape set that I published in Dallas for my female patients and am now creating it as a book with lots of updates. Fifty Female and Fabulous: A Holistic Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships has more spirituality then the original and I’ve had fun writing it. I hope to have that out as an ebook this month.
Q. Perhaps you can now tell our readers a little about Dreaming Dark .
A. The story takes place in Minoan Crete in the 1550’s BCE and in present day Dallas with both stories running concurrently. Cate O’Connor, psychologist, has clairvoyant dreams of events past and present but she keeps this ability secret. She meets Mitch Stafford, paranormal investigator, at his book signing when she visits Barnes and Noble to look for books on dream analysis. The attraction is immediate and a love affair begins, the pair discovering a familiarity with each other. Cate then begins to have disorienting flashbacks to a ancient time and Mitch thinks she is experiencing visions of a previous life. The story builds as she is stalked and a patient, her maid and then her ex-boyfriend are all murdered.
Each chapter is followed with the story of Kyra, a young girl captured by slave traders from a coastal village on the Anatolian coast. Kyra is sold to a priest on the island of Crete. Groomed to be a priestess she falls in love with the guard, Panos, something which is forbidden. Their story ends tragically when Thera (Santorini) erupts causing a massive earthquake and tsunami, devastating Knossos on the island. Cate is kidnapped by the killer and the ending is exciting. In the epilogue the two stories are pulled together to the amazement of homicide detective, Mike O’Meara.
Q. That sounds an exciting must-read, where can our readers find your book and your own profile to learn more about you.
Thank you Barbara for taking time out to giving our readers this opportunity to meet you. It only leaves me now to wish you every success with your books and future writing.
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