"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
April 2003 Issue
Born in Victoria, Australia, my childhood was spent in a variety of places, both in towns and the outback. Now settled in Western Australia, I work as a nurse. A love of animals has me involved in animal welfare, and certainly explains why the cats hog my bed and the hot water bottle!
Reading has always been my escape, writing my dream. Horror, myths, legends, fantasy and history there are no limits to the wonders to be found. And romance? Well, that adds the spice, hope and happiness ever after..
An Interview with Jeanine Berry
PNR: First, what inspired you to become a writer? What kind of books do you enjoy?
Jeanine B.: My desire to become a writer was a natural development from my love of reading. Ever since I can remember, books were special, magical things to me. I remember the librarian in junior high telling me I had read every SF and fantasy book in the library. And when I had read them all, writing one of my own seemed like a natural next step.
PNR: Let talk about the Dayspring novels, beginning with DAYSPRING DAWNING. As I understand it, Gaea is an alternate Earth within the multi universe, and Atlaua is?
is an island continent in Gaea. According to legend, our Earth once
had such an island continent where the people used their psychic powers
to create a great and blessed civilization. We know that land now as
the lost continent of Atlantis. Where did the people of that continent
get their vast knowledge of the paranormal and what would have happened
if they had found a way to use
Just over a millennium ago, the people of Atlaua had worshiped the Sky
Gods. Then these demiurges had abandoned their world. Aren Lohenrin,
a priest of their temple, felt the loss most keenly when his prayers
to save the life of his son went unanswered. What was Aren's response
to this abandonment and what
that you should ask that question, because while writing
To answer those questions, I had to write a third book about his life's story. THE SECRET SKY will be published by Novel Books Inc. in April of 2004.
PNR: One thousand years later, Elinna Serru intends to follow her dream and enter the House of Lohenrin, to learn under the tutelage of the S'hazons to master the khi power, and become a healer. It is a noble intention, so why doesn't her father approve?
of the things I found out by writing THE SECRET SKY is that Elinna's
PNR: Elinna passed the entry test with flying colors. Is she happy with her life in the House?
Jeanine B.: At first Elinna is very happy indeed, like a young bird who has been set free to dare the skies at last. Filled with idealism, she drinks in all the Masters and the S'hazons can teach her about the Power and dreams of the day when she can save the lives of the sick and injured with her healing skills. It's only very gradually that she comes to see that others around her have different concerns, that there is more than one kind of Power sought in the House, and that the S'hazons may not be quite the creatures of light she believed they were.
Elinna, like many other adepts, believes the tales of the Sky Gods to
be little more than a myth. Not so for her best friend Hasmonea, who
had once shared Elinna's ambition to enter the House. Hasmonea, who
Jeanine B.: Elinna agrees to investigate Hasmonea's suspicions mostly to shut her friend up, since she thinks those suspicions are entirely unfounded. But she has another motivation, too. Hasmonea's request is brought to Elinna by the charismatic Inheritor, Mesor Tethays, a man Elinna has secretly loved for years. Elinna is outraged that Mesor dares to doubt the S'hazons and she is determined to prove him wrong.
Tell us a bit about Mesor and his relationship with
and Elinna are two people who are irresistibly attracted to each
PNR: Let's see if we can move on to DAYSPRING DESTINY without spoiling Book 1. The S'hazons have Vanished, taking a large number of the House adepts with them to a mirror world in another dimension. If what the S'hazons had revealed to her is true, Gaea will be destroyed in a decade's time. Elinna had chosen not to join them. Why?
Jeanine B.: In choosing to stay, Elinna remained true to her essential purpose and calling in life, to be a healer. Where would her healing skills be needed more--on a new world or on Gaea? Gaea was doomed unless some of those with Power remained to try and stop the coming destruction.
With time running out for her world, Elinna attacks the problem with
single minded obsession, leaving no time for normal relationships. Five
years later she
no. While she loves Mesor and gave up that love to dedicate herself
to finding a way to save Gaea, Elinna truly believes that sacrifice
was necessary. She's not a person who engages in half measures. She
still feels the pull of her love for Mesor -- it's never far from her
mind or heart -- but she consoles herself with the belief that she has
done the right and necessary thing. It takes a
Elinna now knows that the Sky Gods are not the mythical beings she'd
once believed. They have sent her Dreams of Knowledge of a long ago
past, and a
Jeanine B.: The great thing that Elinna learned from her Dream of Knowledge--and it was an earthshaking revelation indeed to someone who was so convinced they did the right thing--was that she was wrong. In trying to save her world, she had chosen the wrong path. She had sacrificed love and in so doing isolated herself from the very power that could lead her to the answers she needed.
Her only hope, after understanding the dream, is that it is not too late, that if she can break down the walls of self-righteousness she has forged around her and reach out to all factions on Gaea, she might yet be able to forge the links of love and understanding that will reveal the true salvation of her world, a salvation the Sky Gods hid away long ago for Gaea's hour of need.
PNR: Well I hope that was enough of a teaser. Let's just say all's well that ends well. What is next for Jeanine Berry?
Jeanine B.: I'm busy writing more tales of love and adventure. I had a novella in the anthology TWILIGHT CROSSINGS and co-wrote MASTERS OF THE SEX GATE with Darrell Bain. Both are out this year. Next year will see the release of the final book of the Dayspring series, THE SECRET SKY. And at the moment, I am having a great time writing a paranormal romance that taps into some of the ancient legends ofIreland. For the latest news on my writing adventures, drop by my website.
Featured in this Issue:
DAYSPRING DAWNING - On an alternate earth called Gaea, Elinna Serru dreams of entering the House of Lohrenin where she can learn to heal with the Power.
But before she can enter the House, she must first pass the Judging, a fiery initiation into the dangerous khi force. And if she does pass, she will face yet more tests . . . for those nearest and dearest to her fear that the alien S'hazons who teach humans to use the Power are molding the adepts of the House for their own sinister ends.
Challenged to find
the truth by the man she loves, Elinna must risk a living death to discover
the shocking secret the S'hazons are hiding from humankind.
DAYSPRING DESTINY - For thousands of years the fate of humankind has been mysteriously interwined with the demiurges that have ruled over the island kingdom of Atlaua -- first the Sky Gods, then the S'hazons. But these demigods have their own secrets, hidden ages ago in the Heart Stone.
Many adepts have attempted to read the Heart Stone in the past. But all have failed. Now Elinna Serru must wrest the truth from its crystal depths, for the fate of the House depends on the knowledge it conceals.
Gaea's children are split between two worlds, and both worlds may be doomed unless someone can bridge the gap and reunite humanity. Will the Heart Stone show the way? In Dayspring Destiny, Elinna Serru will face her greatest test, a test not of the Power but of her heart and soul.
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GODFALL - In the ancient land of Atlaua, Aren Lohenrin is a healer in the Temple of the Sky Gods. When his faith is destroyed by the death of his son, he denounces his old gods and goes in search of new deities. He sends a psychic cry up into the night sky ... and gets an answer that will change his life forever.