Teresa Joyce Jackson
Author of the Mystic Gates magical realism series, a fictional reading adventure for ages 11 and up.
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to Dead Moon Awakens, Book 1
Welcome to the Mystic Gates Books website. I’m honored you’re here! You’re invited to come explore the myth, magicks, and lore of both the seen and unseen worlds of this young adult, magical realism series about an ancient Cherokee myth and four contemporary young teens who collide with it.
The earliest “written” historical reference to the great dragon-serpent called the Uktena and its powerful and magical talisman, the Ulunsuti, is from the 1762 memoirs of Lt. Henry Timberlake, a Virginian officer who volunteered on a peace mission to live among the Cherokee people, or Ani-Yunwiya. While staying with the Cherokees, Lt. Timberlake learned that one Ulunsuti remained, hidden and controlled by two women and the conjuror who had seized it. Within the fictional world of the Mystic Gates series, these three Cherokees were the first generation of Ulunsuti Holders. Mystic Gates is the story of the thirteenth generation—the last generation . . . the last chance for us all.
I was born on Beltaine in the year of the Dragon in Shawnee, Oklahoma. I’ve been a cheerleader, legal secretary, and poet. I’ve made shakes and scooped ice cream in an ice cream parlor, played guitar for an all-girls rock band, and even had my own secretarial service—phew, that was lots of work! One of my favorite jobs was as editor of an in-house newsletter for Walt Disney World Resorts. I’ve also written and produced a monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine for a metaphysical bookstore in Orlando, Florida. Late in life, I graduated from the University of Central Florida with an Honors Degree in Elementary Education. (For my thesis, I wrote a book about a new way of teaching.)
Now, I live in the deliciously gorgeous mountains of Western North Carolina surrounded by trees—wonderful, wonderful trees—with my husband (who’s also my best friend), and our senior cat, Midnight, and rescued Border collie, Ozzie. I’m a mother and grandmother; and whether my family be by blood or heart, I love them all, wherever they may be—whether here in this reality or in the Otherworld.
I enjoy reading, exploring, and writing about the magic in life. Some of my favorite topics include faery traditions, Cherokee and Celtic myths and lore, and Druid and earth-based traditions.
Being a lifelong explorer of the paranormal and supernatural, I believe magical, mystical events play before us all the time. I think each of us can develop our own innate abilities enough to perceive magic everywhere. Once we do, we’ll realize that the paranormal is normal and supernatural natural, and we’ll open our lives up to a fantastic world of magical realism.
The creed I live by is found in Book 1, Dead Moon Awakens. You can also find it on The Book of Gates page.
John Lennon of the Beatles—a famous rock group in my tween through young adult years—once said, “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in faeries, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” I love this quote. Keep it in mind while reading my stories.
By the way . . . it’s true, my stores are whispered to me through the trees.