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The process of writing a book differs with each author. My process is one of writing what I see. My stories play like movies in my mind. I am a virtual Peeping-Tom spying in the make believe world I create, frantically writing everything I see as the scenes shift and change in my three dimensional world.

When I wrote Book 1 of the Spirit Warriors series, the animals just seemed to come to me. The majesty of the grizzly, the softness of the mountain lion, the loneliness of the coyote, the pride of the mustang, and the soaring beauty of the osprey. In my mind, they were alive, their eyes alert, their ears listening, their bodies strong and regal. Each special aspect and trait of these animals is echoed in their human spirit counterpart. Can you see Ollie’s playful spirit in Zephyr the coyote? Can you see Charlie’s strength and power in Hercules the grizzly? Can you see Bets loyalty and beauty in Electra the mountain lion? How about Lilly’s soft eyes and kind spirit in Arion the mustang? Soaring above them all, do you see Emme’s gracefulness and honor in Eros the osprey? To me they are so real, so powerful, so beautiful, but I can’t let you see them as I do. That world, unfortunately, exists only for me. I try to let you see it by writing about it. It is the best way I can share the magic.

For Christmas this year, my amazing daughter, Alanna, gave me the greatest set of gifts. She discovered a Portland, Oregon watercolor artist named Dean Crouser. He worked with her to get a matched set of his paintings of the five animals that are in my Spirit Warriors book. I opened the the first one, which just happened to be the grizzly and it took my breath away. For a moment I wondered how this stranger managed to see the magic in my mind! It was eery and unsettling. I had never seen a painting of his before, yet they echoed the fantasy of my special mind animals. The framed pictures can’t even do justice to the painting, but they give you an idea of the ability of this gifted man.

Hercules:

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Electra:

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Zephyr:

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Arion:

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Eros:

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The Spirit Warriors:

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Thank you Dean Crouser for creating something so beautiful and so special. You rock my world! I’ll be your fan forever (in a good way, not in a creepy way). LOL

Check out his work:

http://www.crouserart.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dean-Crouser-Fine-Art/135052649883384