The common link between Celtic mythology, King Arthur and witches is Anastasia Conklin, a Jamestown author.
Conklin, author of the "Emerald Fire" series, has released the second book about Vivienne the fire witch.
A former feature writer for The Post-Journal, Conklin released the first book of the series, "Emerald Fire: The Winds of Fate" in 2010. Upon receiving interest in the book, and finding that she had a desire to continue the adventure of the book's main character, Vivienne, Conklin set out to wrap the series up with the second, and final book of the series. She released "Emerald Fire: The Path to Knowledge" in June.
Anastasia Conklin, of Jamestown, author of the “Emerald Fire” series, is pictured with book one and two of her series. Book two of the series, “Emerald Fire: The Path to Knowledge,” was released in June.
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"It's a contemporary story, which takes place in modern day New York City, with flashbacks to medieval France," said Conklin.
"Emerald Fire: The Path to Knowledge" focuses on Vivienne, a fire witch, and her immortal lover, Vincent.
"Too much of contemporary society puts a bad stigma on witches, but if you take it down to its bare bones it's very much nature-based - father sun and mother moon," said Conklin. "Vivienne embodies the character of fire. When she walks into a room the candles and torches ignite higher. There's a scene in book one where she's sitting in the middle of a field of buttercups, and as she flexes her hand they are blooming and dying all within seconds. She starts to get angry, focusing her powers further, until the entire circle catches on fire - but she's never burned because she is fire."
Conklin's interest in writing began as a young reader. She drew inspiration from books such as "The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table" by Thomas Malory and "The Mists of Avalon" by Marian Zimmer Bradley.
"In the spring of 2000 I took a class on The Romance of King Arthur at JCC and I read 'The Mists of Avalon.' It's my favorite book, and I read it every spring," said Conklin.
Conklin is a 1999 graduate of Jamestown High School who studied at Jamestown Community College and majored in creative writing with a minor in Celtic mythology at Edinboro. In addition to writing, she works at Heritage Park in Jamestown as a unit secretary. She lives on a homestead farm with her family.
Conklin is also the author of "The Wolf Queen," which was released in 2008. She is currently working on a new series, entitled "The Legend of Jade." Her books are available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. For more information, visit www.anastasiaconklin.com or find her and her books on Facebook.