Around 3 years ago I incorporated Transcendental Meditation (TM) into my life. This was also the time that I met Michael Neer, a fellow TM practitioner and TM teacher. Michael recently published The Elixir of Freedom and has an upcoming book launch. He was gracious enough to allow me to ask him a few questions to share on my blog.
What is your book about?
It takes you on a journey with the heroes, 21-year-old Ravi and Verda, to discover the elixir at the Heart of the Sun as told in the ancient legends of Raam. They use the elixir to attain freedom from doubt, narrow thinking, fear, captivity, and even time itself, and live their own true purpose. It is a journey of awakening that will stir the heart and soul. It’s a love story for nature and life itself. It is a mythic tale that suggests a path to real freedom for all of us, giving a vision of a better tomorrow.
For which age group is your book intended?
The book – and the planned 6-book series called The Light Finder Legends – is similar to The Chronicles of Narnia, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Alchemist. Thus, it’s for young adults to all adults!
What was your inspiration for the book?
I was giving a talk on the qualities of pure consciousness – the silent level of life which is the source of creativity. I noted how there are six main qualities – freedom, bliss, health, knowledge, peace, and fortune. Then I realized that these concepts seem so abstract that making them real through a story would help people appreciate the power they have within them. So, I wrote six rough drafts in 2014 to convince myself I had some good plots and characters, and now in 2016 I have fine-tuned the first book and published it.
How long did it take you to complete?
As I mentioned, I wrote the rough draft – about 20,000 words. Then it took me about six months to polish it into the current 49,000-word novel.
Thanks for sharing. I know you have a book launch coming up as well, so tell me about it.
Well, we are trying to make it an Amazon bestseller. So we are promoting it widely through all social media during the week of Aug. 15 to Aug. 19 with the official launch day on Aug. 17. The real goal is to reach as many people as possible with the message of freedom, living by intuition, tuning into nature, and defeating darkness with light.
I have done several book signings in Fresno and in Berkeley. But this launch will be strictly online – via email, twitter, and facebook. On the author website and some of the online promotions, readers will get to see the new Video Trailer for the book, and can get the first two chapters free. We have had three 5-star reviews and two 4-star reviews. One reviewer said she read the first chapter and couldn’t put it down!
Where can one purchase your book?
You can find the book (Kindle or paperback) on Amazon, or at my author website at www.MRNeer.com
What else would you like people to know about you and/or your book?
Check out the reviews on Amazon. Here is what others have said:
“Take this adventure with [the characters] and you find the light in your own heart.”
“A riveting tale of adventure to discover your passion and purpose.”
“I felt my own heart open with hope.”
“In the tradition of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien…
“I picked up this book, read the first page, and was hooked.”
“I loved the plot, how it sprung up and became a giant, living being.”
“A captivating tale of intrigue, love, and danger…”
“The story draws you in from the first page and takes you on a magical journey.”
“… full of the stuff legends are made of…”
“This book is a classic literary effort…”