Release Date: September 21, 2022
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
In War in the Hearts of Men, Eli Coberly details his lifelong quest to understand the Maya culture and its impact on the present. The author shares his discovery of the artistry of stone-carved symbols on the heels of his extensive travels to both Central and South America. In this intimate and inspirational text, Coberly contrasts contemporary life with the past as he explores spiritual rituals that formed the framework of the ancient Maya culture. War in the Hearts of Men, which identifies and interprets the historical ideologies that suppressed the feminine, displayed the cultural imbalances caused by rampant colonialism, and resulted in the subjugation of Native populations over many centuries, furthers the journey of enlightenment sought by those wise enough to learn from the past.
Can you tell us a little about the process of getting this
book published? How did you come up with the idea and how did you start?
I was actually pissed at my ex and the armies of people
doing things that seemed superficial to me and called it spiritual. That was
But eventually the
drive of anger gave way to compassion and I realized that even if feeling out
of control. My idea of mansplaining my way through the book gave way to a quest
to understand the world from a feminine perspective.
I had made friends at many writing conferences and found an
independent publisher that worked for me.
What surprised you most about getting your book published?
I am serious when I say that not much surprises me.
Tell us a little about what you do when you aren’t writing
I like to slave away doing remodeling myself and saving a
buck while destroying the integrity of my vertebrae. I go to Mexico and see
pyramids. I’ve always been a gardener and like anything that takes me out of my
comfort zone. Most of my spare time goes to researching my topics, I
essentially create a work environment wherever I go. The rest is all for my
As a published author, what would you say was the most
pivotal point of your writing life?
When I realized that I better get better if this is all I
want to do. But I have a better imagination than spare time or hand dexterity.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that
I believe in a spirit and spirits. I do get high on coffee
that seems to help instigate rebellion and passion in my spirit. No one can
stare at a computer screen that long, but seriously if you’re not an Atheist then
you probably are afraid of death. So you lean to a reason for the seasons and I
tend to feel that I have a message of the sort. Plus, I wrote War in the Hearts
of Men following signs and guides along the way with no idea exactly where my
next adventure might lead and it always did. That to me was miraculous.
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
The person that said, “ What is this New age, no one will
buy this.” We are now great friends because I chose to embrace her criticism
after being crushed. I worked really hard to make it not be that book she
described. Also, because I chose to take her advice and I had her critique it
in great length. In the process she encouraged a last minute change that dug
deeper. So deep that I was diagnosed with PTSD for my military service. She
happened to be a psychiatric nurse before a writer. I truly believe that since
I chose to face my fears of rejection and gently challenged them, that the
toughest criticism was the best.
In contrast, no one needs to be beat up over motivation.
What has been your best accomplishment as a writer?
I have yet to accomplish it yet, since I am inspired to be
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Just a sci fi with more chops than a Jackie Chan movie. Oh
yeah, another one that I still may write…
About the Author
Eli Coberly is a world traveler and seeker of truth through adventure. At seventeen, he left his small Pacific Northwest town to fulfill his dream of becoming an Army paratrooper. At twenty, he was honorably discharged and began his search for a new dream. Eli’s writing has taken him worldwide to explore a few of the bigger questions of our human existence, and his prophetic worldview combines military service, counterculture, and the anthropology and archeology of the world’s religious symbols. He has studied the migration of the indigenous and ingested their medicine, absorbed their art, and embodied their cosmovision. A yoga therapist, Eli has been a student of yoga for over a decade. When he isn’t writing or practicing yoga, Eli can be found examining Tibetan Buddhist tradition, sitting in ceremony with Maya priests, and traversing caves deep in the Belize jungle. He currently resides in Northern California.