This is a story of Tess, a 16 year old girl who finds herself an unwitting participant in a series of disturbing events. Tess’s life changes drastically when her abusive step-uncle dies under mysterious circumstances. She is forced to pick up and move across the country with her aunt and cousins to her grandmother’s house in Woodley, Connecticut. Upon arriving, she experiences a strange feeling of familiarity, as if she’s lived there before; but that would be impossible, wouldn’t it?
As Tess settles into her new life in Woodley, she manages to make a few friends, while also discovering she has many enemies. An unusual influx of strange people arriving in town on a daily basis only adds to her sense of unease. She finds herself at the confluence of forces she is at a loss to explain. Unfortunately, the chaos starts to impact the safety of her family and friends.
Tess knows it’s time to seek the truth about herself. She undergoes regression hypnosis which reveals that she lived as a witch in her many past lives. Tess’s present reluctance to embrace her identity as a witch stems from the horrific persecution she suffered throughout the centuries.
Tess pays a visit to The Between, the place between lives, where the souls of the dead undergo spiritual rejuvenation. She communicates with her fellow soul mates who provide her with the information that is essential to halting the events that are escalating toward a disaster of epic proportions. Tess also learns of evil powers practiced by others, and how her own past foreshadows her crucial role in an apocalyptic battle of good against evil.
Targeted Age Group:
15 and up
I have spent much of my life mothering, teaching, working with, and mentoring teenagers and youth. The youthful learning experiences they encounter can be lessons for both young and old. Sometimes us elders should be reminded of those lessons, and so my writing is intended to reach to multiple age levels.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep at it and follow through to the end. Have others read your drafts, and be receptive to suggestions. Then many reviews of editing will result in a cohesive and polished product.
Marjorie Weismantel is a high school teacher and mother of three, who has enjoyed and valued her many experiences with young adults. She likes to write about things we contemplate at odd hours of the night, but believe will never actually happen; where the outcomes don’t fit neatly into a box, but are always slightly askew. Her objective is to create an alternate world that readers desire to visit and stay for a while. Marjorie’s world includes her husband, cat and dog. They reside in South Windsor, CT.
My idea was to tell a story that mixed paranormal with the history of witch persecutions, and to show that witches can represent ‘good’ as well as evil. I like to write about things we contemplate at odd hours of the night, but believe will never actually happen; where the outcomes don’t fit neatly into a box, but are always slightly askew. My objective is to create an alternate world that readers desire to visit and stay for a while, hopefully in follow-on sequels.
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