Xlibris Publishing introduces Jaylee Balch, author of Seal of Power.
Please briefly describe your book.
My first book in the trilogy, is Tomas of Terra and the first time the that Realmians made contact with me, I sat entranced for hours, taking down notes and seeing into their world. What was extraordinary, was the human boy, without parents, who lived with them. My first book is an introduction to Tomas, the creatures who live on him and with him, who clothe him and serve as his guardians. As he approaches his coming of age, he faces a number of trials. Perhaps the most noteworthy snippet of information is the host of Realmians who are delightfully eager to be a part of the books. They wanted to be known on earth and they wanted to be heard. Tomas faces his greatest nemesis – the Unknown – whilst making a stand for mankind as the first of his kind.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
I am Jaylee Balch and I have been writing for twenty years. To date, I have written a trilogy, the Energetic Anatomy of a Yogi and 5 childrens books – I have only just begun. I have a degree in Psychology, am a Certified Clinical Hypnosis Instructor (USA), lecture globally and host many seminars and online workshops. I am a Trainer and Assessor with the Australian Government and have created the first ever – YogiDeck© (a system of cards which every Yogi can use). I have also created the Opticon Series – a deck of oracle cards and a 21 day series of lectures helping people to understand themselves.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
I was inspired as a child by Enid Blyton and the Magic Faraway Tree and introduced my own kids to them. I raised them with dragons and talking trees and kept their imaginations working. Being African, as an adult I was inspired by the author Wilbur Smith and all his well researched African stories. I live on a rural property and have many wild animals, bonsais and fruit trees. I have worked extensively with psychic phenomena and hypnosis and have especially worked with animals. I have called many animals to me in various countries – all of them wild and many of them dangerous. I was always in company so I always had witnesses.
I work with a film producer in Cape Town who films for National Geo and other such organizations. My Genre and style come simply from an active imagination but coupled with my spiritual inclination and love to help people, I form everything with hints of inspiration. I am currently working on an interesting book channelled In Africa, of a woman who lived thousands of years ago and I knew I was onto something when I described the ritualistic loss of her small finger to a historian and he confirmed that there was vague evidence of it, found in parts of Southern Africa.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
I was inspired on Table Mountain, Cape Town, while hiking with the film producer friend. He shared a few snippets of the secrets of the mountain with me and it enchanted me so much I ran with it. The first book took me 2 years to write.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
Take the plunge into your imagination – go for the ride – leave everything behind and allow the story to grip you. It is only then that the magic can course through your veins and your entire being can be transformed. When you emerge, you can never be the same again (proven by science).
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book? Please feel free to mention any accolades you have received.
I have been on radio in Tampa, Florida, have been on radio (Seattle), I have been on the front cover of a New York magazine and have a website dedicated to the first book. I have given free talks and signed books.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
The hope in the beginning. The receiving of my books for the first time – to visually see them.
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Go into publishing with your eyes wide open. Let go of the innocence and back yourself.
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