The new book: The Vibratory Matrix

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The adventure of Chrysalis continues

Be ready!

The protagonists find themselves in front of a new device that, combined with the Vibratony Matrix, would allow its operation.
Lord Warden has found in Beckett a new ally, evil and ready for any criminal act to hinder that the club composed of young annwyn can follow the advice of Magister Kalistos.
Even the commander Fenix does not remain with his arms folded. With the trusted Sergio, he decides to meet with Hator Var Darquen de Aguillar. The book that the latter had left him in “custody” before leaving, must absolutely be able to serve to make order among the high ranks of the Unified Power.
Surprises will not miss, the twists will be many and unexpected…

See you around!

 

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L’avventura di Chrysalis continua

Siete pronti?

I protagonisti si ritrovano davanti ad un nuovo oggetto che, combinato con la Matrice Vibrazionale, permetterebbe il suo funzionamento.
Lord Warden ha trovato in Beckett un nuovo alleato, malvagio e pronto a qualsiasi atto criminale pur di ostacolare che il Circolo composto da giovani annwyn possa seguire i consigli del Magister Kalistos.
Anche il comandante Fenix non resta con le mani in mano. Col fidato Sergio, decide di trovarsi con Hator Var Darquen de Aguillar. Il libro che quest’ultimo gli aveva lasciato in “custodia” prima di congedarsi, deve assolutamente poter servire a fare ordine tra gli alti ranghi del Potere Unificato.
Le sorprese non mancheranno, i colpi di scena saranno tanti e inaspettati.

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Presentation of the workshop CBI (Character Based Improvisation) ¦ Robert Marchand

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Since always, I ‘m interested in how to put into “action” the stories I write… short movie? TV series?
A couple year ago, with TFL Torino Film Lab, I had my first experience with the “scriptwriting” and all the nuances of misinterpretation of the plot aimed by the “creator of the story”.
As a writer, you may have some specific ideas how the characters of your story interact, you describe scenes and happenings in a vivid way, with great care of the details…
But at the moment of elaborating the story into a script for a movie, actually, everything may happen. From the better to the worst of the nightmares.
And this was the case: a disgusting experience with a young screenwriter too full of herself with bumpy ideas and without any consideration and respect of my will.
I dropped the deal, in the due time of the contract signed for a year.
I soon enough realized that, if I wanted the job done professionally and with an experienced scriptwriter, I should put on the table between 20.000.- / 25.000.- euros.
Alright, this is not on my schedule, since I like to use the small royalties I receive, to help shelters for animals or kids in need.
So I started looking around trying to get into this specific work of transmuting a book into a script.
And to do it in the best way, you need to learn quite a few important things about how a film director works, which type of way they use to get into action the actors and so on.
Thanks to Maria, I was able to attend the presentation of  R.Marchand Workshop, taking several notes… and start getting some clearer ideas about this huge world totally different from putting your feelings on a paper trying to capture the attention of your reader and make them dream!
I know it will take me a long time, I’m very patient… and will take small steps at a time.

 

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Sono da sempre interessata a come mettere in “azione” le storie che scrivo… Fare un film, un cortometraggio? Una serie TV?
Un paio di anni fa, con la TFL Torino Film Lab, ho avuto la mia prima esperienza con la “sceneggiatura” e con essa, ogni possibile sfumatura di erronea interpretazione della trama voluta dall’autore.
In qualità di scrittore, puoi avere idee specifiche su come interagiscono i personaggi della tua storia, puoi descrivere scene e avvenimenti in modo vivido, ponendo grande cura ai dettagli…
Ma al momento di elaborare la storia in una sceneggiatura per un film, in realtà tutto può accadere. Dal bene, al peggiore degli incubi.
E ques’ultimo è stato il caso: una disgustosa esperienza con una giovane sceneggiatrice troppo piena di sé e con idee sballate e senza alcuna considerazione e rispetto della mia volontà.
Sono quindi uscita dal contratto firmato, alla conclusione dell’anno d’impegno.
Presto ho capito che, se desidero un lavoro eseguito in modo professionale e con uno sceneggiatore esperto, avrei dovuto mettere sul tavolo tra 20.000 e 25.000 euro.
Sfortunatamente, questo non è nel mio programma, poiché mi piace usare le poche royalties che ricevo, per aiutare i rifugi per animali o bambini in difficoltà.
Così ho iniziato a guardarmi intorno cercando di entrare in questo mondo sconosciuto, con la specifica idea di imparare a trasmutare i miei libri in sceneggiature.
E per farlo nel modo migliore, bisogna imparare alcune cose importanti su come funziona il lavoro di un regista, quale modo egli utilizzare per pianificare ecc.
Grazie a Maria ho potuto assistere alla presentazione del Workshop di R.Marchand, prendendo varie note… per iniziare a chiarirmi le idee su questo enorme mondo completamente diverso da quello di mettere le tue idee su un foglio di carta, cercando di catturare l’attenzione del tuo lettore e per poi farlo sognare!
So che mi ci vorrà molto tempo, ma sono indulgente con me stessa!

 

On sale * in vendita

La prossima domenica 9 aprile, in occasione degli Eventi Letterari Monte Verità, il mio ultimo romanzo Il Segreto degli Annwyn (in lingua italiana e inglese) sarà in vendita sul Lungolago di Ascona.

Un’occasione da non perdere per chi desidera acquistare una copia autografata!

The next Sunday, April 9, at the Literary Events Monte Verità, my latest novel The Annwyn’s Secret (in Italian and English) will be on sale on the lake shore of Ascona.

An opportunity not to be missed for those who want to buy an autographed copy!

Review of the English version of the novel

Read from the Blog “Translature” di Marian Altamura

 

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I was pleased to read on the author’s blog that one of her recent books, Il Segreto degli Annwyn, has been translated from Italian into English.
The Annwyn’s Secret is a novel set in the XXIII century and the future scenario it presents is not as positive as one could possibly hope for. In fairness, some may find it not so surprising, considering the numerous red flags on matters of environment and pollution. Providing a bit of background on the events, the first pages of the book reveal that in 2022 a fatal cataclysm raged out across the planet, causing immeasurable damage and the death of millions of people. Thus, the surviving world population was forced to move to those few remaining habitable areas. However, they had to adapt severe security measures and get used to live under the constant threat of emergency occurrences.

Remarkably, Claudine’s book is not about the end of the world, there’s still a fainting hope in it. I imagined Mother Nature depicted as a woman mutilated by her children: they executed the worst of the sacrifices, and provoked irreversible damage as well as the extinction of several living species. It is impossible to turn a blind eye to the desperate and alarming message that violently comes to the surface: we must act immediately to save the planet, as failing to do so will easily turn the apocalyptic scenario into reality.

Although I am not a fan of fantasy books, the environmental concern was one of the aspects that most attracted my attention when the first Italian version of the book was published. sAt the time the events of the novel are set, the world  has also undergone several major changes, and the social, political and economic administration has fallen under the full control  of a unified system, a  Single Party, that to me inevitably echoed George Orwell’s Big Brother. There is also a unified security authority, state-controlled, which cooperates with the central government and carries on investigations on its behalf. Whereas on the one hand the unified power took the leadership and temporarily restored the order in a time of general confusion following the natural disaster, on the other hand its despotic and totalitarian character inevitably mined the ground of freedom.
The starting point of the multi-layered narrative structure can be find in the nucleus of the three main characters: Crysalis, her brother Joshua and their precious Irish friend Marcus, who seems to be constantly  looking after them with pure affection and yet discretion, thus compensating the absence of parental loving.

The genuine love between Chrysa and Joshua is the symbol of the unbreakable bond of family that goes beyond any circumstances, and although they are in their twenties, there’s still something innocently childish in their mutual behaviour, something that tends to remain unchanged in a life-long brother-sister relationship.  The geographical starting point of the novel is the pleasant village of Ascona, located in Switzerland, a place that somehow managed to preserve the beautiful vestiges of a violated nature.

After the tragic death of both parents under obscured and unresolved circumstances, Chrisa and Joshua decided to sell out the family house and live on board of the boat they inherited, the Avalon’s Mist, which their late beloved mother had called after the Island where, according to the legend,  King Arthur’s mortally wounded body sailed to. It is also said that his magic sword was forged in this enchanted and ethereal place.

The one thing that makes Chrisa different from her brother, although they had the same biological parents, is her peculiar double-nature. Unlike her brother, she was born an Annwyn: a dreamer, an over-sensitive elected creature, made of the exact same human molecular structure but gifted with a superior mental power. Apparently, the first Annwyns arrived on the planet in the 1970s. At first, they were suspiciously looked upon, they were considered anomalies to be kept under observation. However, when the sacred ancient codes were discovered, the meaning behind their presence on the hearth became clearer:  by acting as a spiritual guidance, the Annwyns’ aim is the betterment of society by educating and changing the direction of the energy of the Universe.

One night, while rambling during one of her frequent extra-corporeal adventures, Chrisa stumbles over an unknown object and, attracted by its alone of mystery, she decides to take it with her. When her spirit rejoins the body, an ordinary power for an Annwyn, she shares her finding with her brother and Marius, but the latter seems to know much more that she would have tough. It turns out that the mysterious object is a matrix vibration device that needs activation in order to work. Shortly afterwards, they find themselves trapped into an intrigued knot of events and take off to Ireland on a board of an old-fashioned aircraft. At this point, the events spread across Switzerland, Ireland and France, the three points of a mystic triangle, but at times I found that the chapter structure was a bit too fragmentary.

Chrisa, supported by other mysterious characters, will have to unravel the most ancient enigma of life:
Where do we come from, why are we here, where do we go when we die?
She finds herself struggling at times while descending deep down inside the soul of Man Kind, where she is not always able to discern Good from Bad, friend from foe.
Readers may loose the track in the intrigued maze of this enigmatic plot, and so happens to the representative members of the local authority that will give up investigating the case. Joshua, fully involved but being 100% human, appears sceptical and attracted by the unknown at the same time, but he trusts his sister and knows she’ll be able to take him off serious troubles.

There’s a multitude of characters, both human and semi-human ones, that flocks into the pages as the story moves forward, but I won’t go into too much details here because it is not my intention to unveil the surprising outcomes of the events.

I found Claudine’s writing style sophisticated, but at the same time neat and simple. The reviewing and researching behind her writing is evident, both in regards to the content (references to mythology, to the quantum theory and philosophy) and to the refined lexical selection.  Nevertheless, she maintains an informal tone throughout the book, making it easy to read and accessible, in spite of its plenty encrypted messages. This is why I would feel recommend The Annwyn’s Secret to young readers, but I think it may suit the taste of a wide range of people of all ages. I am sure that different target readers will be able to access different level of interpretations and reflections. From my perspective, there may not necessarily be specific readings for certain ages.

Claudine’s writing is imbued with feminine sensibility and acute wittiness; it reflects her hunger for knowledge, her attitude to analyse and explore reality with her critical sense of observation and self-awareness. Readers may be disappointed at the end if they expect to find all answers revealed, as clear as a cloudless sky. The epilogue is quite inconclusive and it remains pretty much wrapped up in a cloud of mystery. Nevertheless, I think that the responses to the enigmas are to be found elsewhere and not in the conclusion of this book. It encourages researching through the act of living and dreaming, and maybe the knot will be untied at some point. The book itself is a tool and should be used as such, together with other resources. I fancy finding an analogy between the power of the Annwyns and the power of literature, I feel they share the same mission on the planet (betterment), they both aim to change the direction of the energy and try to put an end to the endless struggle between Good and Evil.

You may buy the book on Amazon

 

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Chrysalis will tell you her story…
after the success of the original version in Italian, the novel “The Annwyn’s Secret” is purchasable on Amazon.com in English.
Don’t miss the chance for the special discounted price for £ 7.99! Get your copy now…

 

Get your copy here on Amazon.co.uk

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By the way… if you need the original version in Italian, click on the link below.
A proposito… se desideri ordinare la versione originale in lingua italiana, accedi al link

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English version: the book cover

Everything is ready … this cover is very different from the original version in Italian.
Do you like it? I find it very special B. Kiss of the Graphics Department has done a great job!

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Tutto è pronto… questa copertina è molto diversa da quella della versione originale in lingua italiana.
Vi piace? Io la trovo molto speciale… B. Kiss del Graphics Department ha fatto un ottimo lavoro!

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Between the pages of the novel * tra le pagine del romanzo

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When I started to write down my thoughts, I wanted to leave an ecological and sensitive footprint that it could reflect not only my beliefs.
Many environmental, humanitarian and spiritual issues are mixed together in the writing of my novels, always enriched with a touch of magical fantasy that makes them exciting.
The Annwyn’s Secret follows then a conscious strand with a vision projected to the 2222, as the facts of current political/religious, environmentalism and climate chronicle are showing us that we actually go toward selfannihilation.
Today’s migration? It will be a very small thing compared to the apocalyptic movement of people put to flight by extreme climate change. Floods and droughts will create new refugees…
If we will not make radical changes NOW, what it is described in the novel will become reality.
NOW we have to put a stop to these factors, such as fossil fuels, causing the climate disaster.
Remember, climate change is now no longer just a problem of pollution but rather a humanitarian emergency which affects the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
This is also my clear message in this fascinating novel: let us protect our Planet Earth!

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Quando ho iniziato a trascrivere i miei pensieri, ho voluto lasciare un’impronta ecologica e sensibile che potesse rispecchiare le mie convinzioni.
Molti temi ambientali, umanitari, spirituali sono mescolati tra loro nella stesura dei miei romanzi, sempre arricchiti con un tocco di magica fantasia che li rende avvincenti.
Il Segreto degli Annwyn segue quindi un filone cosciente con una visione proiettata al 2222, poiché i fatti di cronaca attuale politici/religiosi, climatici e ambientalistici ci stanno mostrando che realmente andiamo verso l’auto-annientamento.
Le migrazioni attuali? Saranno ben poca cosa confrontate agli spostamenti apocalittici di popolazioni messe in fuga dai cambiamenti climatici estremi. Inondazioni e siccità creeranno nuovi profughi…
Se non effettueremo ORA dei cambiamenti radicali, quanto è descritto nel romanzo diventerà realtà.
ORA dobbiamo mettere un freno a quei fattori, come ad esempio le energie fossili, all’origine del disastro climatico.
Ricordate, il cambiamento climatico non è più ormai solo un problema d’inquinamento quanto piuttosto un’emergenza umanitaria che colpisce le comunità più vulnerabili e più povere.
Questo è anche il mio messaggio chiaro all’interno di quest’avvincente romanzo: proteggiamo il nostro Pianeta Terra!

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