Today’s guest post is by Pat Bertram, author of the recently released novel Light Bringer (Second Wind Publishing, March 27). She is also the author of “More Deaths Than One,” “A Spark of Heavenly Fire,” and “Daughter Am I.”
Pat and I discussed “Daughter Am I” here on Malcolm’s Round Table on October 19, 2009 and October 20, 2009
The Sumerians believed there were twelve celestial bodies in our solar system: the sun, the moon, the planets we know — including poor demoted Pluto — and one other. This twelfth planet goes by many names. Astronomers today call it planet X. Sumerians called it Nibiru, Babylonians Marduk, Greeks Nemesis, Hebrews the Winged Globe. Prophets called it the Fiery Messenger and the Comet of Doom. They also called it Lucifer, which means light bringer, because it brought its own light rather than reflecting the light of the sun like the moon does.
Hence, the title of my latest book: Light Bringer. Though it doesn’t make an appearance, this Planet X, this bringer of light and destruction, is the reason for the happenings of the story.
Light Bringer is not only the title; it is also a statement of the theme, or at least one of them. All of my novels explore the same themes, such as love in its various guises and a search for identity, but Light Bringer has one theme uniquely it’s own: bringing light. This light is both figurative and metaphorical. During the course of the story, light is brought to hidden places, both in the world and in my characters’ hearts. Light is brought to truth, or at least the possibility of truth. Light, as love, is brought into the lives of my characters.
Harmonics of Light and Sound
This theme of bringing light also refers to different aspects of light itself, including the harmonics of light and sound (where sound becomes light and light becomes sound) and color (different wave lengths of reflected light).
Light Bringer took years of research, of enlightenment. The plot demanded extensive information about mythology, conspiracies, UFOs, history, cosmologies, forgotten technologies, ancient monuments, and color. Especially color. Color is the thread connecting all the story elements, and all the colors have a special meaning. (You can find a brief listing of color meanings here: The Meaning of Color.)
Rena’s dark eyes brighten to amber when she is delighted, (yellow denotes joy and intelligence). The auras that envelop her and Philip show their moods: a magenta cloud of distrust, a mauve of confusion, a pale pink of love and devotion. And the world itself reflects their growing love: After the sun set, they headed home in a rich, warm alpenglow that turned the world to gold. (Gold counteracts feelings of loss, enhances feelings of security.)
Because of this theme of light, it is fitting, then, that Light Bringer begins with a bright light in the sky and ends with a new clarity of light in my little town. Perhaps the novel will even bring a bit of light into your life.
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Sandra Shwayder Sanchez’s review of Light Bringer on Bookpleasures.
A free preview of the first chapter of Light Bringer is available here.
11 thoughts on “Light Conquers All”
So good to be here talking about Light Bringer, Malcolm! Thank you for inviting me. I am thrilled that Light Bringer is finally available and am pleased that people are enjoying the novel.
Light Bringer sounds like a book to be more than read and enjoyed. It sounds like a book to be cherished that brings light to and meaning to others as you have done for so many. Thank you.
Thank you too Malcolm for sharing this and so many other interesting things.
Thank you for stopping by, Linda. It’s great to have such supportive friends!
Thanks for the great guest post, Pat. I very much enjoyed Light Bringer and was happy you could stop by the round table and talk about it.
Thanks for the visit, Linda. Nice to see you here to learn more about Pat’s latest novel.
This intro to your book is perfect.
So glad to know that, Mickey. It’s hard to talk about the book without giving away any plot secrets.
Pat, this book is my favorite of your books. I love the themes, the characters you’ve drawn so well and the story you crafted. This introduction does a great job of peaking interest without giving the story away.
Great job all around.
Thank you, Wanda! BTW, you and Malcolm both belong to the rarified club of those who have read all of my books.
It’s a high-class club, Pat.
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