Interview with Maria Lucia
Andrusian Press (2010)
Reviewed by for Reader Views (05/10)
Today, Tyler R. Tichelaar of Reader Views is pleased to interview Maria Lucia, who is here to talk about her new novel “Liberation: Book One of The Andrusian Chronicles.”
Born in Havana, Cuba, and having immigrated to the United States in 1960, Maria possesses a true and in-depth understanding of the power and unlimited potential of evolving and beginning again. A University of Memphis education graduate and a professional musician and vocalist, Maria moved deeply into the study of music and launched a very successful musical career in 1984, which included experiencing music on the performance level and the educational level as well. Her experience includes programs for gifted children in the public school system and creativity seminars for musicians at the university level. She has been a musical director for church programs, composer of music, and a producer of concerts. She has traveled nationally, performing and delivering seminars for more than twenty years.
In 1997, Maria launched her first school focused on spiritual heart studies in North Carolina and became a full time spiritual growth teacher. She developed both her school and a personal national dream, The Foundation for the Evolution of America; she re-located to Washington D.C. to make this dream a reality.
Maria Lucia is the author of “The Heart’s Unraveling,” a guidebook for her current school. She is working full-time on her writing and has just launched her new book, “Liberation: Book One of The Andrusian Chronicles.”
Tyler: Welcome, Maria. I’m very impressed with your music and teaching career, so tell me first of all, what made you decide to transition into writing?
Maria: Hello, Tyler! Frankly, I never imagined I would be writing a fantasy at anytime in my life. I didn’t consider myself a writer as such, and felt I would be focusing in other areas, but this story began burning a hole through me. It began coming out in my work, even in my sleep. My friends began commenting on it. So, I decided to let the story out, to create a space where it could be told freely and here it is! I’ve become a writer to tell this story.
Tyler: What first gave you the idea to write “Liberation”?
Maria: It was like the story just emerged from inside of me one day. I started seeing the pieces when I would go downtown and visit the Archives or one of the monuments. The Andrusian race began calling me until I sat down to tell their story. I drove everybody crazy writing everything down when I would be in the middle of eating dinner, or out exercising or driving in the car. I would have to stop and pull over and take a pad out and write and write. Having never done this before, I was quite over taken by the experience. I would wake up in the middle of the night and write entire passages. It just kept coming and coming. I would finish one thing and another piece would merge. I didn’t get much sleep during the first two years of this!
Tyler: Why do you think the story was so persistent about wanting to be told that you didn’t just dismiss it right away, telling yourself that you are not a writer?
Maria: I did try to dismiss it with just that reason! But the story is perfect for the times and it kept pushing me to do it. I feel there is a lot within the pages that is touching and will be touching more and more readers in a profound way. The fact that there may be other races out there somewhere that have and are affecting us is not a new idea. Michio Kaku, the physicist, talks about it all of the time. He speaks about multi-universes, and many dimensions and entire realities that may exist that we cannot see. I feel that humanity as a race is ready to entertain the idea that there is more to discover about our surroundings and that’s why the story had to be told.
Tyler: “Liberation” is the first book in “The Andrusian Chronicles.” Just who or what does “Andrusian refer to?
Maria: Andrusia is a sector of the Milky Way, deep inside the constellation of Ophiuchus. It’s made up of many celestial bodies created and inhabited by the Andrusians, a race of love beings. This story is about these people, their worlds, and their interaction with our time/space.
Tyler: What exactly is a “love being”?
Maria: For that answer we have to go into the prologue of the book one more time and delve into the Andrusian race as it is described there. Love beings are souls that come from another dimension with different laws of physics than ours. In that dimension and expression of life, evil does not exist. Everything is love, and creation takes place differently than it does within our violent laws of physics. In the worlds of Andrusia, love beings create through sound and manifest matter in the Milky Way as an expression of their dimension. In their Milky Worlds there is no violence, no evil, no conflict, and animals don’t eat each other. Love beings are souls that create extreme beauty and harmony in their worlds and sustain it. They are always connected to the Universal Current, to their creations and to each other.
Tyler: Will you explain the title “Liberation” to us and explain what it refers to?
Maria: For this answer, we have to dive deeply into the book’s prologue where we discover the existence of the four dominant races in the area around Andrusia. As explorers and adventurers, these races travel the galaxy and establish a base blueprint or matrix to guide in the formation of the new worlds they are discovering. One of them is earth. Liberation pertains to the confrontation that takes place between those who want the existing matrix to remain in place and those who wish to dismantle it and Liberate themselves from it forever.
Tyler: What happens when they discover earth, or should I ask, what is earth like when they discover it? Is it an earlier world, or is it the earth of the twenty-first century?
Maria: In the prologue, the races discover earth at its infancy and return many times to take part in its upbringing.
Tyler: Will you tell us a little about Amora Madre, the main character and about the mission she finds she must accomplish in the book?
Maria: To me Amora is an archetype. She is a mixture of the highest attributes of expanded and evolved galactic Andrusian moms. In the story, she is unaware of who she is and discovers her true self as the tale is told. Amora has unusual abilities, and as she begins to remember them, events begin to unfold and an intricate map emerges that unveils her mission. She begins to remember the four races, she begins to remember the galactic fights, she begins to uncover her allies and her enemies and an enormous dark syndicate of two of the races that lies hidden in a dimension that cannot be seen. The first part of her mission is to let the world know that they exist, that they are real and that they are manipulating events on earth right now.
Tyler: Can you tell us why she is unaware of who she really is?
Maria: Without giving away too much, let’s just say something happens to her at birth that causes her to forget her true origins.
Tyler: And just who are the bad guys in the story?
Maria: The challengers are the two races that have created this organized dark spirit syndicate invisible to the naked eye that is guiding the human race without their knowing. They feel sure that earth belongs to them and that humanity has to remain under their control.
Tyler: In the group of allies who band together to fight evil, I’m most struck by the spirits of former humans you chose. Why did you choose these certain people?
Maria: There are certain tasks the Andrusian strike team must perform in order to execute its mission of dismantling the dark matrix and igniting the Andrusian seed capsule of love. Only certain humans have the galactic spiritual clearance from Andrusia to perform such deeds. The humans who come forth in the story are such people, chosen for their soul maturity by the Andrusians.
Tyler: Maria, you now live in Washington D.C. so I imagine that partly inspired you to choose it for the setting of the book, but is there more to it, or if you had lived in Omaha or any other city, would that have likely been the place you chose for the setting?
Maria: Absolutely not. Washington D.C. is the only setting for this story; the plot has a special twist concerning the nation’s capital and its founding. There is something VERY special about this area. It holds something powerful in place that’s not quite tangible, something you feel when you walk its streets and its monuments. People come from all over the world to walks its grounds and experience its character. You can only feel it when you are walking it in person, seeing it with your own eyes, and touching it with your own hands. Something really big happened here 234 years ago and it made a huge imprint deep in the grounds of the city. And as Andrusians tell it, it was bigger than just a nation.
Tyler: In the book, Amora discovers the United States has been under control of this darkness for a long time. Can you tell us exactly for how long?
Maria: As the Andrusian record keepers tell it, this darkness has held earth under its control for a long, long time, since the discovery of earth by the four races. Everything that developed on the planet became affected by the oppressive and overbearing force of two of the four groups, the Scorpillians and the Draconians. The United States, like humanity, came way after this dark matrix was fully in place and hidden from our race. It had no choice but to be part of the insanity of it as did the human race as we know it.
Tyler: Maria, who do you think will enjoy your book? Will older children enjoy it, or because of its “political” nature is it more for older readers? Will regular readers of fantasy be attracted to it?
Maria: Tyler, this book is first and foremost a fantasy/adventure with strong paranormal and science fiction qualities. Anyone who loves paranormal fantasy will love this book! It is written in the present and so present day events play a part in the telling. But, for those of us who love fantasy and adventure and the paranormal and science fiction, this story will transport us all into an amazing and exciting journey that goes way way beyond national politics! We will travel the galaxy, dive into dimensional worlds, encounter dangerous spirits and beautiful ones too. We will delve deep into the human psyche and study the hidden worlds of our human mind and play a part in the future of our race and world.
Being a huge fan of such works as “The Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars,” I know regular fantasy readers will love this book and many who love the paranormal and science fiction will too. No one is prepared for what’s in the pages; no one can even guess it.
Tyler: What do you most hope readers will understand or learn from your book, or do you simply hope they will find it entertaining?
Maria: Well, yes, I hope they find it very entertaining and engaging, but I also hope that if they want to get something from it, they allow it, like I have from other works. I hope that readers allow the story to travel deep inside them and show them what it wants them to know, that readers allow the story to teach them what it wants them to learn. Books have a tendency to do that and characters do too and certainly there is room for that in “Liberation”!
Tyler: So, in other words, might we say that readers will find themselves “liberated” in some way by reading the book?
Maria: Challenged, moved, and liberated!
Tyler: Maria, can you tell us how many more books there will be in the series?
Maria: To be honest, at first I was under the impression there would be only one, but before I could finish the first manuscript the second started blazing its way into me. Well, we know how fiction works and there are always three. I’m stopping there because that’s a tall order for someone like me. The story wants to be told in as true a form as possible. The Andrusians have a lot to say!
Tyler: Will you consider writing other books once “The Andrusian Chronicles” are completed?
Maria: Tyler, right now the next two books of the trilogy are a huge order for me. I’m having to work overtime to keep up with my own demands. I just want to deliver the story in its entirety. I can’t see past that for now.
Tyler: First things first, Maria. Better to focus on what needs to be done now, so I perfectly understand that. Thank you for allowing me to interview you today, Maria. Before we go, will you tell us about your website and what additional information can be found there about “Liberation: Book One of The Andrusian Chronicles”?
Maria: My website is www.AndrusianChronicles.com. As the story gets out, I will be adding incoming reviews by reviewers and readers for them to read what others are saying; I will be adding interviews and updates about the progress. Folks can also learn a little about me and read a portion of the prologue to “Liberation,” if they are interested in buying it. The book trailer will also be posted there for them to enjoy and preview the storyline, and it’s really great!
Wonderful, Maria. I wish you much success in completing your trilogy and hope you’ll come back again to tell us all about it.