Friday, 14 October 2011

Cleanse Fire (The First Chronicle) The Story Behind The Story

Me: It is my greatest pleasure to introduce you today to a great writer and a very good friend of mine, Anastasia V. Pergakis. I have invited her on my blog to tell you about her awesome new book, Cleanse Fire, and give you some background behind how this series came into being. Welcome to my humble blog, Anastasia.

Anastasia: Hi Kurt! :)

Before I tell you about the story itself, I want to share with you the original idea of where this story came from. My Dad served in the US Army for twenty years. As a writer, I had the urge to write a story about him, telling the world about his dedication to this country. Proud of my Dad as I am, I wanted the world to know of his service, and not have him fall between the cracks and be another 'nameless soldier' as it were. When I began writing the story however, I realized that I could never do justice to him, or any soldier for that matter. I couldn't capture the emotions involved with being a soldier and no amount of talking to my Dad was going to help.

So, I resorted to my passion – fantasy. I took the general idea of a soldier - the steadfast warrior protecting his country - and crafted my characters. The main character originally was to be "my Dad" in a sense, but over time, he grew into his own personality.

Now, while the story as it exists now is completely fictional, the characters and story line are all in dedication to my Dad and all soldiers who have served, are serving, and will serve in the military. It is my hope that, even though in fantasy form, the story of a soldier’s sacrifice and dedication to their country still shines through.

With all that in mind, protions of my royalties will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. This organization helps wounded soldiers and their families heal when they return home.

The Kinir Elite is made up of six elves. They are the Special Forces in their country - like Delta Force here in the States. or the S.A.S in the United Kingdom. They have unique and specialized training that allows them to handle missions of all kinds, ranging from hostage rescue to information gathering to “spy” work.

Now, that I've told you where the story came from, let me tell you what the book is about!

Complete the mission, no matter what…
Captain Derac Vidor has served Kinir for nearly twenty years. It’s his life, his blood, his soul. And then his Commander betrays everything Derac holds dear. Now he has to focus on his own life and his team instead of saving the citizens of Kinir.

Treason is only the beginning…
Fueled by rage, the team chases the source to their Commander’s betrayal – a powerful wizard bent on revenge. The wizard seeks to destroy the Kinir Elite, in both mind and body. No place is safe, even among their allies.

The past holds the key…
Derac’s tragic past may be the key to saving the team. But can he face the gruesome nightmare in time?

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Thank you Kurt, for having me here today! You've been a great support for me to get my book out into the world. Your friendship and encouragement mean the world to me!


  1. The pleasure was all mine, Anastasia :) This is such a great book and a very worthy cause. I wish you all the success in the world, my dear friend <3 You deserve it!

  2. Hey Ana, saw this on facebook and popped in to show my support. Great post!

  3. Thanks so much Kurt and J.D.! You two are the best and some of my biggest support. I love you both!

  4. Very good post! I enjoyed reading it. Interesting to find out the "story behind the story". And now I really want to read your book! When is it coming in print?

    I also want to interview you on my blog to find out all about your path to self-publishing. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has questions about that. Seems like many writers take that route nowadays.

    Good luck with everything!

  5. this sounds very very familiar. Have I read this before? at any rate, sounds awesome! good for you!