Author Spotlight: Maria E. L. Thomassen & The Metanoia Phases (with Q&A)

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The life of authors and readers – besides being amazing fun – are ultra-busy and complex. With the market having tons of books that are easily accessible and full of fantastic content, how do you know which ones to choose? That’s where I come in… sharing news about new authors or old favorites who might be launching upcoming releases.

Today, I’m highlighting a fellow author I’ve come to know in the last few months, Maria E. L. Thomassen. Maria recently published the first two books in her fantasy series, The Metanoia Phases. They’ve been added to my Goodreads TBR for a future read, but I wanted to share some news with everyone sooner rather than later because Maria will launch the third book soon… stay tuned and check out her Twitter and Instagram accounts below during the week of 7/23 for the exciting release date, cover reveal, and how/where you can find the book.

When you scroll through the pictures below, pay close attention to the GORGEOUS covers she and her team have designed. That blue! The magical elements! The font! Stunning… For now, let’s recap what I know about books one and two in her very curious and powerful series… as well as her responses to my twelve interview questions. Then see if you find yourself so smitten you’ve got to get a copy.

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Get to Know the Books

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The Metanoia Phases: The Change of Heart – Kindle edition by Maria E. L. Thomassen. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Metanoia Phases: The Change of Heart.

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Kindle edition by Maria E. L. Thomassen. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Metanoia Phases: The Change of Mind & Self (The Metanoia Phases Part Two).

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Quote from the 1st Book

The tingling sensation appeared, spreading like wildfire inside me. I just wanted it to go away, I grabbed Hayden’s shirt, squeezing my eyes tighter, willing the feeling to go away, but with no luck, it was remaining, grabbing on to me. I was on fire, every inch of me was instantly burning. I wanted to crawl out of my body, just ripping off my skin to relieve the burning.”

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Get to Know the Author: Q&A

Twitter: @MariaThom002
Instagram: maria.e.l.thomassen002
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  • You have several books available in this series… tell us a little bit about your past work and the genres you most enjoy exploring.
    • Answer: Actually The Metanoia Phases is the first story I’ve been working on, It started out 14 years ago, being rewritten and reshaped many times, to the result that it is today. I love writing fantasy anything can happen. But, I can reveal that after this project is finished I will be diving into some horror/thriller. 
  • Where do you live? Country, city, area, type of home, etc. Whatever you feel comfortable with… just an opportunity for readers and fans to picture where you spend much of your time.
    • Answer: I live in the small Denmark, on the country in a big house with my dog, and my boyfriend. We have a huge garden, and the most amazing part about that, is a swinging chair I have hanging from a tree. I love to sit there; reading and writing, just feeling myself being carefully swung, that’s heaven.
  • Name a few favorite authors or influencers as well as someone you are always impressed by in the literary world.
    • Answer: Well, I’m a sucker for Nicholas Sparks. But if we dive into fantasy I really love L. J. Smith, she’s amazing, and I get inspired by her voice and stories.
  • What’s your next writing project?
    • Answer: Oh, there’s a few actually; the first new project will be a horror/thriller called Thirteen Days of Winter. And after that my mind have traveled toward a spin off, of the Metanoia Phases, showing what happens many years after the first.
  • Besides writing novels, what keeps you busy?
    • Answer: I have a full-time job on a Café, making the food. My family is very important to me, so I spent a lot of time with them. I enjoy going to the movies, playing games all night long with my girlfriend.
  • What’s the most frustrating part of the book publishing process – anything that comes to mind from the beginning to the end?
    • Answer: The worst part for me, is figuring out that you missed something critical for the book. I like the read through and the edits, seeing the book in a whole new light.
  • Have you ever co-written a book or considered doing it? How would that work?
    • Answer: No, I haven’t, and honestly I don’t think I could make it work, I’m pretty determined and stubborn as hell, I like things a certain way, and there’s no arguing once I put my mind on that.
  • What type of characters do you love and hate to write?
    • Answer: I love to write the vulnerable, but also the evil villains, I like flawed characters, and broken fighter to become stronger. I don’t think there’s any character I hate to write, not yet at least.
  • How much research do you usually put into your writing before and during the process?
    • Answer: A lot, I sat down to create a story board, writing down every character,  and basically everything about them, then I described the world, and the house they were living in, researching about every little part of that. I have a lot of different language in the books, and I did a whole lot of research on that.
  • How did you come up with the name “Metanoia” for this book?
    • Answer: It was actually called Dragonfly, but as I went on it didn’t really make sense, so I dived into researched, and then it just came to me, a picture of Metanoia written down, with the meaning of it, and I thought that’s exactly what the main character is going through, so I decided to use the phases of Metanoia for each book. Metanoia is originally Greek, which was perfect, due to the fact that I have Greek mythology in the books. Metanoia stands for changing one’s life, mind, heart and self. And that’s what the MC does through out the books.
  • What’s a perfect evening out for you?
    • Answer: going to a fancy place to eat, enjoying the company, and then a great movie. That’s always a winner.
  • What do you want to accomplish with your writing and books?
    • Answer: I hope to reach the world, sharing my stories, I want the reader to be entertained, shocked and touched, and somehow amazed by what is happening in the books. I hope that one day, I will be able to quit my day job, and work as a writer, earning enough, I don’t have to make millions, I just want to support myself by what I love to do.

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About Me
I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS.  My second novel, Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/FatherFigure.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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24 thoughts on “Author Spotlight: Maria E. L. Thomassen & The Metanoia Phases (with Q&A)

    Priyasha said:
    July 20, 2018 at 7:18 AM

    Beautiful questions and answers ❤

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    Misty Mount said:
    July 20, 2018 at 7:46 AM

    Enjoyed this lovely interview 😊❤️

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    July 20, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Check you out with your fancy pictures! These covers are wonderfully photogenic though. Lol. And I also enjoyed the interview.

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    The covers immediately grabbed my attention and I loved the interview as well. These are definitely going on my tbr.☺️

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    tylerus said:
    July 21, 2018 at 4:49 AM

    Lovely covers indeed. And a most interesting interview.

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    July 21, 2018 at 8:44 PM

    Lovely intereview! 🙂

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    Alicia said:
    July 24, 2018 at 6:43 AM

    Those covers are superb 😍 and I think I’m becoming a fan of your Q&As 😁

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 24, 2018 at 6:45 AM

      Aw, thank you! I change the questions up every few weeks. It’s probably time to do some again for the next author coming up soon. 🙂

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        Alicia said:
        July 24, 2018 at 6:47 AM

        Yay new author coming soon! Can’t wait to read them! 😎

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    Rae Longest said:
    July 28, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Sounds like a lovely person and lovely books as well. Fine interview, Jay.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM

      Thanks, Rae. Hope you are doing well!

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        Rae Longest said:
        July 30, 2018 at 8:18 PM

        If things got any better, I couldn’t stand it! Taught today in a writing class (mostly coaching students individually with suggestions on a paper they are writing) and in a course which is an Introduction to Women’s Studies–covered women in literature, specifically short stories. It is so seldom I get to teach in my own field! LOL

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        July 30, 2018 at 8:20 PM

        I’m glad they are good. And it sounds like an amazing day.

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        Rae Longest said:
        August 7, 2018 at 11:33 AM

        I’ve had more and more amazing days lately!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 7, 2018 at 6:07 PM

        🙂

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    July 31, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    I am ABSOLUTELY IN!! Going to pick up the 1st book ASAP! I love that quote, and anyone who is influenced by L.J Smith (who’s writing I grew up in love with!), and vulnerable, yet evil villains… YES, PLEASE!! 💖💖

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