Hi! You’ve found me, me, Christina Anne Hawthorne. Me, the foremost authority on the World of Ontyre. It’s a fantasy world with technology, but also there are mammoths and gryphons. There are also sorcerers, witches, wizards, and those who possess specialized abilities.
The true beauty of Ontyre is that I can tell any story there—and it all starts on the continent of Tremjara during a time of great change. Carrdia is an isolated nation near the continent’s center and has fallen into a dystopian downward spiral.
Fifty years on, hope surfaces in the most unlikely of people. Riparia Dellbane, a courier for the rebel Keepers, lives a cherished life in isolation, but in a single night her quiet place in the world dies at the hands of Dioptric Ministry Practitioners…
Currently, my plan is for five Riparia novels. At present, there are three drafted. The fourth and fifth will be drafted in November-December of 2021. There’s also a prequel drafted (Exhuming Truths), along with a periphery novel (Torment Surfacing) that’s linked to the series and another that’s a link to the island nation of Pannulus (Following the Essence Stone).
Oh yes, I’d be amiss if I don’t mention Pannulus, the island nation. Needing a change about five years ago, I began writing short stories about the isolated islands with the 1920s -esque society. Since then there have been numerous novellas and novels: Stealing Light, Protecting the Pneuma Key, and Case of the Deadly Stroll.
In addition to those books, in 2014 I published a book of poetry,, that focuses on the important themes in my life: hope, determination, freedom, equality, and purpose. Those are also themes in my fiction.
Oh, right, this is supposed to be about me…
Childhood taught me about holding onto hope, despite the Childhood PTSD that followed. Returning to college for my degree opened my mind to the world and myself. It was my personal crossroads and pointed me at my purpose, though it’d require more years before I’d truly see the path. Surviving a lengthy illness (2009-11), where I literally came within a whisper of my last breath, taught me about determination, as did the recovery that lasted until 2017. LGBTIQA has taught me about equality, and its absence.
It’s all in my writing, all those elements and so much more. The reason is that, although these stories take place in a fantasy world with magic, they’re otherwise Women’s Fiction, stories that follow a character’s emotional journey.
The tales of Ontyre are about adventure, suspense, and romance, but above all they’re about purpose, personal triumph, and all that cooperation makes possible. Each story is intended as an engrossing tale worthy of multiple readings, each time revealing more to the reader. Too, each book enhances the book that preceded it.
Not everyone, of course, will be interested. That’s okay. I’m looking for those few…
Me in a nutshell? It’s vital we believe in ourselves and in each other. No matter the good or bad in my past, it’s still the story of how I arrived in the present. Its value exists in lessons for myself and my characters. Rather then focusing on what we believe cannot be done, let’s strive for the impossible and make it possible for the betterment of all. For my part, I’m tired of hearing “can’t” from those lacking vision. “Can’t” was what I was told after disease ravaged my lungs. I declared my intention to shed my dependence on the cannula, tank, and tubbing that pumped oxygen into my lungs to keep me alive.
The oxygen tank and accompanying paraphernalia? They’re all gone.
These days I walk, bike, practice yoga, and meditate. It all serves my purpose, which is to find a way to publish, to fill my little writing corner of the world with stories about people who overcome their own adversity to find purpose. It will happen. In the meantime, there are samples of my writing style under Short Stories. Taking Flight is a light version of a Pannulus Story. There’s also the blog, which I’m faithful about maintaining each Thursday, along with poetry on other days.