Tree of Life: Chimera is a collaborative journey in epic writing, where I had a blast interpreting the soaring cinematic tracks of audiomachine’s Tree of Life album, to create an original, music-driven tale.
Every artist–whether a painter or poet, dancer or director, storyteller or sculptor, choreographer or composer–is driven by their passion to create. When you let your passion guide you, great things are born. It is when these passions converge that the real magic happens.
My passion lies in pulling the threads of imagination that live and breath in each eager note until I have woven a story worthy of the song.
On September 18th, I unveiled excerpts of the Chimera serial, each one featuring an inspirational album track. As the story unfolded, readers had the opportunity to win daily prizes such as signed novels and ebooks from our exciting lineup of featured authors. I highlighted each of these amazing writers, who graciously donated their novels, during the course of the promotion under a special “what inspires you” segment! Fans left their feedback in the comments section of the daily chapters for a chance to win!
▶ Winners of the daily featured author prizes were announced on November 1st, HERE!
Creative ventures tend to take on a life of their own, and this one was no different. Chimera is currently under development for a future video game release and is closed for viewing.
Chapter 6: Leaving the Nest — Featuring Author M. Pax
Chapter 7: Apotheosis — Featuring Author Chris Howard
Chapter 8: The Truth — Featuring Author Gwen Gardner
Chapter 9: Homecoming — Featuring Author Shana Abé
Chapter 11: Ashes to Ashes — Featuring Author Angela Brown
Chapter 13: Cry Freedom — Featuring Author Mina Lobo
Chapter 14: Turning Point — Featuring Author KC Hunter
Chapter 16: Life Chronicles — Featuring Author Susan Scott
Chapter 17: Solstice Sun — Featuring Author Lisa Shambrook
Tree of Life Flash Fiction Challenge
In the spirit of creative collaborations, we invited writers to create their own music-inspired tale. Beginning September 18th, fans posted their flash-fiction of no more than 150 words and their favorite inspiring Tree of Life track in the comments section of this page to enter our Tree of Life Flash Fiction Challenge! One entry per person, open internationally, deadline to enter was October 14th by midnight EST. This was their moment to shine!
The winners of the Tree of Life: Branching Out collaborative writing challenge chose their Top 5 favorites to send over to audiomachine’s composers for final judging. The Top 2 Winners were awarded signed Tree of Life albums by celebrated composer, Paul Dinletir!
Top 5 Favorites
Julia for “Ashes to Ashes”, Moira for “Life Chronicles”, Sam for “Above and Beyond”, Dijinnia for “The Fire Within”, Susan for ”Turning Point”
“Our favorite two entries are Moira and Dijinnia. All five were great, but these two stood out to us.” — audiomachine
Should you become a slap-happy fan of audiomachine’s cinematic genius, subscribe to their YT channel and “like” them on FB! If you feel equally compelled to purchase their music, follow your instincts to the following locations:
A portion of the proceeds from each audiomachine album sale will be donated directly to the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, an organization that helps enrich the lives of students through the power of music.
And now for our list of master storytellers who graciously donated the following for your reading pleasure! Be sure to visit their websites to learn more about these amazing authors:
Maggie Stiefvater — signed copy of The Dream Thieves with signed and hand-designed bookplate
Shana Abé — signed copies of The Sweetest Dark and The Deepest Night
Stacey Jay — signed copy Of Beast and Beauty
Chris Howard — signed copy of Rootless
Susan Kaye Quinn —The Debt Collector Season one ebooks
Ellie Garratt — Taking Time and Passing Time ebooks
M. Pax — The Backworlds audiobook and The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear ebook
Alex J. Cavanaugh — signed copy of CassaStorm
Alexandra Monir — signed copies of Timeless and Timekeeper as well as the Timeless album of original songs from the series
Amy Willoughby-Burle — signed copy of Out Across the Nowhere
C. Lee McKenzie — signed copy of Alligators Overhead
Susan Scott — In Praise of Lilith, Eve & the Serpent in the Garden of Eden & Other Stories ebook
Angela Brown — Neverlove and Atone ebooks
Gwen Gardner — signed copy of Givin’ Up The Ghost with signed bookmark
KC Hunter — The Immanent World ebook
Yolanda Renee — signed copy of Memories of Murder
Mina Lobo — That Fatal Kiss ebook
Lisa Shambrook — Beneath the Rainbow ebook
Roland Yeomans— END OF DAYS audiobook and HER BONES ARE IN THE BADLANDS ebook