Eternal Inka: A Novel (Past Life Library)

“Are my paintings good enough to keep on painting?” Inka is on a quest to discover if she is good enough at painting to pursue it as her lifelong dream. But how would she ever find out and who would be able to tell her? Abandoned on the roadside in a rainstorm at a young age, Inka was lucky enough to have been adopted by a finishing school for girls. But that roof over her head wouldn’t last forever. After finding an advertisement for a psychic, Inka puts her trust in the universe and recklessly jumps ship, intent on finding her way across the country to the great Madga Gaska where she believes she will find peace in finally knowing her destiny. On the way, she gets caught up in a whirlwind of outlaws and bandits, twirling through the colours of the world around her, and Inka’s desire to know her fate before it’s due to arrive lands her in the terrifying truth of a life worth painting.

Meet Clare-Rose Trevelyan

Philosophy has been a passion of mine since a young age when the riddles of the universe first snuck into my soul and the everyday everydayness of life coming alive left me spellbound as if I could see things through a pair of kaleidoscopic spectacles. My focus over the past twenty years of working in schools, external literacy programs and theatre has been to awaken the philosopher inside the minds of children to get them thinking about how they are thinking and wondering about why they are wondering by enchanting them with vivid stories, complex creatures, twinkling soundtracks and most importantly, questions. I write books for parents and children. Fragments of thoughts were ripped from the pages of my own journals and became my first nine illustrated children’s books in two series: the Past Life Library and the Young Philosophers Series. As a mum, reading my stories to my kids around the kitchen table, I found that they eagerly wanted to participate and create their own stories. So I made an additional series of books called the Blankish Journals which prompt children with the questions of eternity, to eventually collect enough of their imaginations, and with gentle guidance, lead them to write books of their own. I then created a place for all these books, creatures and songs to live called Everything-World ~ A Theme Park of the Mind®️ where the questions of eternity are woven through each imaginary theme park ride. The rides inside Everything-World each relate to a deep concept about life. Each ride correlates with one of my fictional books connected to that specific concept and also to an accompanying Blankish Journal of the same theme, so you too can keep the memories of your mind somewhere. And so at the kitchen table in the everydayness of your everyday, you may come to find, not only can you and your children read and write stories, but you can also read and write life through a pair of kaleidoscopic spectacles. x Clare-Rose Trevelyan