The Mother sustains…but she can also take.
“I’ve been warned that the longer one remains in the sacred valley, the deeper the soul buries itself there. But to earn my place as hunter, I must complete the rite; I must nourish the forest ground with the spilt blood of my kill lest it be my own that sanctifies the soil. It is decided. But…am I hunter, or am I prey?”
What will begin as a hunt will change into the Hunter’s trial, bringing him face to face with a truth he isn’t ready to accept. As the happenings—events believed to be tests—force him to question reality, the Hunter finds there’s more to his rite than pleasing the Mother. While the valley consumes him, he’ll discover he may never have been meant to go back home.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The brutality of nature and the Colorado mountains inspired VENERATION OF THE HUNTER. While I was driving between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock, I was admiring the landscape. During this, I characterized Mother Nature – I didn't see her as a loving deity. Her love is conditional. It depends on our ability to survive her. After several more bunny trails following that thought process, the idea sparked for this novel.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters were created from several philosophical ideas relating to how every experience can ultimately shape an individual's perception. I was intrigued by the ways that community and relationships can define a person – or even damn them. A person develops their identity based on their surroundings and their peers. Considering this, VENERATION OF THE HUNTER focuses on a hunter's struggle against expectation, himself, and nature.
The king elder was awake this time of year. Buried deeply, his crown could not be disturbed. But his limbs, lively and many in number, shadowed the grove with a trembling green canopy. Many elders found entering his domain difficult, and more than often, they would die as consequence for their intrusion. The ashy skin of the king’s bodies bore many marks, all of which looked like eyes. He watched me enter the grove, and I was hopeful that he welcomed me, for I was already humbled by the beauty of his throne.
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