Gerri Bowen and guest, author Susan Waterwyk

My guest today is Susan Waterwyk, author of Lantamyra: A Tapestry of Fantasy.

I came across mention of Susan’s book on Twitter. Bought it, read it and loved it. It is an epic fantasy, taking you to another world, a better world. I didn’t want it to end. The good news is, is that Susan is working hard on the second part/sequel.

I forgot to mention Dragons. Dragons play a large part in Susan’s novel. I happen to love stories that have Dragons, and I know many others do as well.

Here is the cover for Lantamyra: A Tapestry of Fantasy. She painted this herself.


And below is a blog post from Susan. I think most writers can identify with her on this, and I know for a fact that writers of a certain age can definitely relate to this.

The Four Horsemen of a Geriatric Apocalypse

I hope to soon publish a short novel (60,000 words) that continues the story of my lengthy first novel (172,000 words).  I feel forced by Time, Money, Stress and Age to offer my new novel quickly before one of the Four Horsemen of my geriatric apocalypse tramples me into dusty death.

A Tale of Two Words will take up where Lantamyra a Tapestry of Fantasy left off with the living world of Earth awakening and catastrophically harming the populations with earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and terrible storms. The world of Lantamyra offers sanctuary for the few fortunate refugees chosen. The six Keepers of Akosh, ancient beings that have the power to terraform living worlds, will guide the Gathering of refugees. When the Keepers, dragons and crystalships come to Earth to get the families, they will encounter government police forces trying to stop them, and desperate criminals trying to grab power and gold. I hope the fast pace, intrigue, and action can captivate the 21st century Sci-Fi reader.

Of my Four Horsemen, I believe Time is the strongest one of all because Time is automatic law. It tic-tic-ticks away each and every day until (as MacBeth claims) “all the fools have lighted way to dusty death…” I have been called a fool for spending seven years writing a fantasy novel. Tolkien only needed ten years to produce the Lord of the Ring Trilogy. I wanted my first book to have true quality and be worthy of reading, and I learned that there are two things you cannot hurry: art and old people. So, seven years, four months, and eight days ticked away before my first book was finished and self-published.

The next malicious horseman is Money. We had a fair retirement package when I started writing. Cruel taxes and Wall Street muggings left us precious little to survive on. Still, with penny-pinching perseverance and help from a wonderful daughter. We survived to see Lantamyra published. We have just enough money left to finish and publish A Tale of Two Worlds before we have to climb into the lifeboat and pray for rescue.

Stress is the cruelest of the Four Horsemen making you fetch the whip that he’ll use on you. Preceding each lash is a comment. “You are wasting your time.” Crack! “You’re a fool to believe you can finish it.” Crack! “95% of self-published books are ignored…” Crack! “and you believe yours will be in the top 5%?” Crack! Each lash of stress bled living energy with worry and fear, worry for my family and fear of losing my meager home in the Sierra. Stress deprives one of hope until the hair turns white, the body withers and cripples.

Age is the only horseman to feel compassion, and yet it feels like the sympathy of the undertaker, who speaks softly in the living room while waiting for you to pass away in the bedroom. I had just become a senior citizen when I started my story in 2005. My hands were useful, my body strong for an old woman. Art is created with living energy, and the artist pours his soul into the work. The true artist will not give up even if he has to pour every bit of life into the work, think Mozart, Van Gogh, or Emily Bronte. The work must be done! It must be created. By the summer of 2008 the stress of watching our life savings being bled away by the Wall Street vampires caused my body to suffer and fail. I spent six months in bed or lying on the sofa suffering pain and stubbornly refusing drugs and refusing to surrender. I would dictate scenes to my husband, and he and my daughter would type them for me. Disconnecting the television and refusing to read the fear-mongering and hate-inciting excuse for modern journalism helped relieve the stress, and I slowly found the strength to walk and work in my garden once again. Unfortunately, I had aged ten years in one. My hands were permanently disfigured by arthritis, so my husband and daughter still need to do most of my typing. But with age comes wisdom and if the old can get the young to sit still long enough and listen to (or read) a story then they might be able to give them the gift of wisdom. It seems a daunting task considering the fact that the young grasp for thrills before wisdom.

So before the horseman of Age tramples me down for the last time. I will try to give the young readers of the 21st century a short novel (don’t want to blow any mental fuses) with lots of action, adventure, and life-sucking vampire ghosts, and awesome gigantic carnivorous dragons that have a higher IQ than the geniuses of Earth. I will show them how intelligent women and noble men can control a world without war, without clear-cutting every forest for profit, without spraying tons of poison on their own food supply and killing the birds and helpful insects in the process. More importantly they will get to experience the thrill of graphic horror of a wasteland after Mother Nature has torn apart the world. And just maybe they will grasp the three pearls of wisdom presented in the book: “Nothing haunts the world more than the words of the dead.” “The one who gives you dreams tempts you; the one who sells you dreams controls you.” and “Tomorrow is the prize of the survivors…”

If the Four Horsemen of my geriatric apocalypse can remain on the hill a little longer, then I will do my best to give my readers A Tale of Two Worlds.

Some photos from Susan.

April 2012 033This is what Susan sees every day.

Congratulations Susan--It's a book! 001This is Susan.

Solstice 2005 016 (2)Isn’t this magnificent?

Easter 008Susan and her love-her husband.

Solstice 2005 015 (2)More magnificence.

mama deer 010 (2)Easter 2005 032Easter 017 (2)(1)April 2012 050Lovely.

Now, how to find Susan?

Her Blog: 






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30 Responses to Gerri Bowen and guest, author Susan Waterwyk

  1. I ‘found’ writing later in life and yes I certainly feel the stress of time running out. Will I get all my stories written in time? Most will not be published but I want them written. May be generations from now someone will love one or two enough to publish them for me.
    I wish Susan well and success with her new novel.

  2. Gerri Bowen says:

    Thank you for commenting, Mandy. I feel the same way; too many stories and too little time. 🙂

  3. I know Susan from Twitter. What wonderful photos. Congratulations on your release. Here’s to many sales. I tweeted.

  4. Angelyn says:

    I’m an Anne McCaffrey fan–love dragons. Nice scenery, too.

    • Thank you, Angelyn. Anne McCaffrey is my favorite fantasy author. Her “Dragonriders of Pern series and “Crystalsinger” series provided inspiration for my Lantamyra.
      Blessings of life.
      Susan Waterwyk

  5. What a wonderful post. Certainly one I can identify with 🙂 Best of luck with your book. Thanks for introducing us to Susan, Gerri.

  6. Wonderful post, Gerri. Susan, lovely to meet you. Your Lantamyra sounds like a wonderful adventure. Love the cover, and thoroughly enjoyed your photos. Good luck with your writing!

  7. Thank you for the kind words, Pat. Glad to meet you, too.
    Blessings of life.
    Susan Waterwyk

  8. Dear Gerri, I cannot thank you enough for your time and effort on behalf of Lantamyra. You have also provided inspiration and help for this cyber-technically challenged old lady. I am so glad to have met you, dear friend.
    Sincerely, Susan

    • Gerri Bowen says:

      You’re very welcome, Susan. I hope more people come to find, read, and enjoy Lantamyra. And I’m just as glad to have met you, and all my other friends in the cyber world.

  9. Absolutely wonderful post, beautifully written by a truly talented and lovely lady. I personally believe that every person who loves masterfully rendered fantasy should buy and read Lantamyra. I can’t wait for the sequel! Write on dear lady!

    Carol Marrs Phipps

  10. Thank you Carol, your kind words are a nice gift for me to receive on this Eve of Litha. Having read LANTAMYRA you know this is a special day for me. “The sun has set, and twilight is upon us. The magic hour begins, and the coming of the fairies is assured. For this night is the Eve of Litha–the magic will unfold!”
    Thank you dear Carol.
    Blessings of life.

  11. JC Page says:

    Susan, what a lovely view with the gorgeous landscape, animals and flowers! Thank-you for sharing your book and life!! All the best….Thank-you Gerri!

    • Gerri Bowen says:

      You’re welcome, JC. I’m very happy to help expose Susan and her works to the world. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

    • Thank you JC, the Sierra has provided so much inspiration for my book. My animal friends visit everyday, and the soft sounds of the forest make it easy to write. So many days I would just take a notebook and picnic blanket and write outside (the old-fashioned way), and so many scenes composed during power outages from winter storms. Now on picnics, my Hubby takes notes for me & makes me feel like a corporate boss 😉

  12. Hi Susan – I totally admire how you didn’t let your body breaking down destroy your will. Most people would have given up where you just kept pushing through and writing. Good for you!! I love the photos – reminds me of where I grew up in the Sierras in CA. Your book sounds interesting – all the best!

  13. I was born in the Year of the Tiger, and I have the strong heart to hold to life. I will keep trying everyday regardless of odds or outcome. The last remaining strength of the elderly is stubborness and Hubby claims I’m abundantly endowed. ;-). You were so lucky to grow up in the Sierra, it is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I grew up in Texas, the flat part, and although many Texans claim it to be the the most beautiful place on Earth, I should warn you that they have been known to stretch the truth. 😉

  14. Thanks for introducing me to Susan’s work, Gerri. Susan, you Go Girl!

  15. Nice to meet you Donna. I wish you the best of success with LUCCI sounds like an enjoyable read to share with the kids.
    Blessings of life.
    Susan Waterwyk

  16. Susan, what a wonderful post, and if that’s the view you see out your window every day it’s a wonder you get any writing done at all! Gorgeous! All the best with your writing and books.

  17. I must admit that I spend many hours just staring and appreciating the beauty of the Sierra, but truthfully, it has provided so much inspiration to write. I always take a notepad on picnics and compose poems or story scenes. So many hours spent on my deck listening to the soft sounds of the forest, all writers need quiet a reclusive sanctuary. I was lucky to have the Sierra.
    Thank you for commenting, Shelley.
    Blessings of life,
    Susan Waterwyk

  18. Kylie Addison Sabra says:

    I love your voice and it seems I share the same rocking chair. We also are entering our “golden” years. However, not much gold.

  19. So good to meet you Kylie. I hope your “golden” years are smoother than mine. And, I hope you live somewhere that can provide beautiful moments of peace and pleasure. I have a humble home in the Sierra, but it feels like palace just outside of Heaven, so I’m happy.

    Blessings of life,

  20. Jennifer Page(JC) says:

    You are amazing Susan! Never surrender:) Love your inspiration…You have a great husband and daughter for assisting you during your time of need. Can’t wait for your next one…Thanks Gerri!

    • Thank you, Jennifer. Your kind words made my day. This last week has been so physically hard on my husband and I. We are almost finished with A Tale of Two Worlds. My bookcover painting is not as elaborate as Lantamyra’s but I hope it works.

      It is so so good to meet you, Jennifer, thank you again for the inspiring words. I needed them today.

      Blessings of life,

    • Gerri Bowen says:

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Jennifer. I love to introduce people and their books to others. 🙂

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