Today I have the pleasure of featuring Tierney James on my blog. Wow! I found out so many things about this amazing woman, educator, and world traveler. Tierney gives us a picture of Afghanistan that that very few of us in the U.S. would be aware of. Here we go!
I believe world geography connects everything around us. I was a geo-teacher for National Geographic where we taught students 5 very important themes: Location, Place, Human Environmental Interaction, Movement and Region. This training brought such a love for the world community to my life that I tied it to everything I taught, wrote and read. In my mind’s eye, the earth became a series of dominoes, balancing precariously on a shaky table where every action forced a reaction.
When my father gave me one of his National Geographic magazines, I found an article about the Wakhan Valley in Northern Afghanistan. As of today, I think I’ve read it some fifteen times, and each time I’m captivated. After reading everything I could find plus watching numerous YouTube videos about this amazing culture, I just had to include them in my Enigma Series. The things I learned about Afghanistan cemented my love of Central Asia. Its raw beauty and ability to survive wave after of invasion convinced me to put it on my bucket list.
Rooftop Angels was born from a need to create a journey others could share and maybe begin to investigate for themselves, what is Afghanistan.
When I was doing research on Afghanistan, I began a collection pictures of various places that showcased the rugged beauty as well as the people and architecture. You can take a look at them on my Pinterest board. Even though the book is complete, I still add to the board. I am smitten with Central Asia. One of the things I didn’t get to include in the book was the national sport of Buzkashi. Buzkashi means “goat dragging” in Persian. In Afghanistan, you might hear it called Kokpar. Horse mounted players attempt to drag a goat, sometimes a calf carcass toward a goal. It was banned under the Taliban regime. The horses they use can go for a small fortune. There have been moments when the men and horses plow right into the crowds watching, causing more danger and excitement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7KP_W-e_cM I hope you’ll take the time to watch this. These riders sometimes participate with cracked ribs and head injuries. It is pretty breathtaking.
Two more YouTube videos on the Wakhan in Northern Afghanistan will also get you to dreaming or at least say, “No way!” But for me it is on my bucket list along with Petra, Jordon and Tibet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cDsbsRBoKs There are a number of videos to watch and all of them are interesting. One really quick shot at this area can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_GMa_GnneM
So why make my setting in Afghanistan? When we think of that country we think war, terrorists, and savage people. The side story of Afghanistan is that even though that is true, there are incredible places, animals, people and culture that has survived and is endangered if we don’t pay attention. The Kyrgyz people of the Wakhan are an endangered people. Only a couple of thousand remain. I tried to tell their story within my story in hopes of helping you get acquainted with them before they disappear forever.
When Tessa Scott wakes with blood on her hands in a rat infested shack in Afghanistan, she discovers six orphan girls and the Undersecretary of State counting on her for protection. Confused at how she got there or why a smoldering Black Hawk helicopter has crashed outside the village, forces her into yet another adventure of cat and mouse with the Taliban who intend to kidnap them. With the help of a Kyrgyz tribesman and his men, they elude the danger only to discover their protection comes at a price, which involves marriage to the leader. An unexpected chance at new love outweighs the secret Tessa must now carry forever. Meanwhile Captain Hunter, an Enigma agent, desperately searches for her before she disappears on the rooftop of the world. A race against time and ruthless drug lords, who work with the U.S. government, create obstacles, which change Tessa’s life in a way she never expected.
Tierney has been in education for over thirty years. She recently stopped teaching World Geography for a nearby college to pursue her writing career. Creating a workshop for beginning writers, speaking at schools and serving as an officer in the writing group Sleuths’ Ink, are some of the work she does when not writing. With the creation of Winds of Deception, Tierney is now working with one of the crew members of USS Liberty in hopes of obtaining the Medal of Honor for him.
Besides serving as a Solar System Ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and attending Space Camp for Educators, Tierney has traveled across the world. From the Great Wall of China to floating the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Africa, she ties her unique experiences into other writing projects such as the action thriller novel, An Unlikely Hero, the first in the Enigma Series. Winds of Deception is the second in that series. Living on a Native American reservation and in a mining town for many years fuels the kind of characters she never tires of creating.
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