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Published:June 14th, 2012 14:55 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Dr. Richard N. Funk, Author of The Winds of the Gods: An Archeological Action-Adventure Novel

Judyth Piazza interviews Dr. Richard N. Funk, Author of The Winds of the Gods: An Archeological Action-Adventure Novel

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Richard N. Funk graduated from The University of Texas in 1965 and received his PhD in 1977. He taught in high school and college for over twenty years. Following that, he worked as Senior Policy Analyst for both Governors Bush and Perry. In the governor`s office, he researched state policy issues and wrote extensively for agency publication. He is currently retired and living with his wife on Lake Travis in Lago Vista, Texas. Dr. Funk has long been interested in history and archeology and has done extensive reading and research in both Mayan and Roman history. 


The Winds of the Gods: An Archeological Action-Adventure Novel 

The newly-released novel The Winds of the Gods introduces Dr. Elena Juarez, a University of Texas professor who has broken the code for interpreting Mayan glyphs. But her system has come under attack and she can only validate her research by finding reliable samples of early Mayan writing in a virgin pre-classic Mayan site. Looking for the dig site, she begins having disturbing visions of a robed apparition. Clue by clue this spirit-guide draws her to Acatenango, an ancient mountain-volcano in Southern Guatemala. Elena was born in a small village in the shadows of Acatenango, or Where the God Lives . "  Not just any Mayan god , but Itzamna "Father of all Mayan Gods.

When the archeology team from the University of Texas arrives on Acatenango, they uncover a small pre-classic Mayan village high on the mountain "possibly an outpost from Kaminaljuyu, the capitol city of the Mayans. Then, quite by accident, they discover a large structure built into the mountain, which was covered by lava from the eruption of Acatenango in 250 A.D. As the team begins uncovering the temple-like structure, Elena realizes that it couldn`t have been built by the Mayans because it was constructed with technology that didn`t exist "at any time in Mayan history. Yet, dating of the mortar places the structure in the village at the time of the eruption " a building out of time, out of place. Elena struggles to discover the secrets buried in the temple and to find out who possessed the knowledge and technology to build such a building in 240 A.D. She wonders if it has something to do with Itzamna, the Father of the Gods, who according to legend, lived on this mountain? What she finds will shake the very foundations of Christianity .

The character of Elena is loosely based on Dr. Linda Schele, a world-renowned scholar of Mayan art and writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr Schele, along with others working in the field, actually broke the code " in interpreting the Mayan glyphs. She traveled to Mexico and Guatemala countless times to interpret the glyphs on newly-discovered Mayan buildings.

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