Saturday, 24 March 2012

Guest Post with author Dina Rae

In my recent novel, Halo of the Damned, I used research about an ancient Middle Eastern religion, Yezidism. The Yezidis originated from northern Iraq and spread throughout the Kurdish community, eventually making its way into part of Europe.

Yezidis worship angels, especially Malak Tawas who many believe to be Satan. The peacock symbolizes this angel. Malak Tawas' story in the Koran matches the stories in the Bible and Old Testament about a rebellious angel who wages war with a third of all of God’s angels against God. Once defeated, God sends all of them to Hell and denies them mercy.

Yezidis believe God created Malak first, before all other angels, in His image, therefore he is also God. They also believe the world was first created as a pearl. Their holy books are Black Book and Book of Revelation. Their afterlife ideas are vague, but lean towards reincarnation. I found the religion fascinating and used it for my plot.

Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her two novels, Halo of the Damned and The Last Degree, weave research and suspense throughout the plots.

Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. When she is not writing, she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Brad Thor, Jim Marrs, Alex Jones, C.C. Finlay, and Preston & Childs. 

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Book Trailers:

The Last Degree

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  1. Dina, your research sounds fascinating. Good luck with your books!

  2. Fascinating stuff, Dina...I had no knowledge of Yezidism until reading your Halo of the Damned. It was an eerie and interesting premise to bring forward in your book, that the ancient battles continue in our midst.

    Enjoyed your post!

  3. Wow, another great interview with Dina Rae. This book is great reading, over the top. I love it. Can't wait for more of this stuff. Keep writing Dina!
    Linda Hays-Gibbs
    My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls


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