Author Guest Post With Rebecca Roland

Rebecca Roland, has kindly agreed to guest post about her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, Shards of History.

 About The Author:

Rebecca Roland lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she writes primarily fantasy and horror. Her short fiction has appeared in Uncle John’s Flush Fiction and in Stupefying Stories, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When she’s not writing, she’s usually spending time with her family, torturing patients as a physical therapist, or eating way too much chocolate. You can find her online at Spice of Life, her blog, or follow her on Twitter @rebecca_roland.

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 Guest Post:
 
There are several things that inspired me to become a writer. The first is a passion for reading, which my parents instilled in me. My father enjoyed news magazines and newspapers daily, while my mother is a fan of thrillers, mysteries, and romance novels. There was always a multitude of things in the house to read, and I pestered my parents often for more books. I’m glad to say, they caved a lot.

I love to fall into somebody else’s world and forget about this one for a while. I enjoy it when an author takes me on a wild, emotional, unexpected ride, and one of my goals as a writer is to do the same for my readers. Part of the reason I’ve always enjoyed science fiction and fantasy more than other genres is that often I can truly escape into a world unlike this one.

I can also say I feel driven to write. If I don’t get the chance to write for several days, I start to feel out of sorts. It’s cathartic for me, and it’s a necessary part of a good day, much in the same way that a nice, brisk walk helps clear the mind. Ray Bradbury said, “If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy, or both.” If I don’t address the writer part of me on a daily, or near daily, basis, I certainly wouldn’t be pleasant to be around.

Writing is just plain fun. I like crawling into someone else’s head and roaming around for a bit. I can try on different personas. I can figure out what it’s like to see the world from somebody else’s point of view. It’s the perfect excuse to research or explore ideas you wouldn’t normally entertain.

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald put it succinctly when he said, “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.” I’ve got plenty to say about the world and the people living in it. I’ve heard other writers talk about how they keep exploring the same themes over and over in their work. There are issues that we all feel passionate about, and writing fiction is an excellent way to explore those issues from every angle. My writing is often driven by the things that anger me and by my fears, and also by the big questions that loom over me every day. It helps me make sense of what is often a nonsensical world.

  Shards of History:

Title: Shards of History

Author: Rebecca Roland
Release Date: August 21, 2012

Like all Taakwa, Malia fears the fierce winged creatures known as Jeguduns who live in the cliffs surrounding her valley. When the river dries up and Malia is forced to scavenge farther from the village than normal, she discovers a Jegudun, injured and in need of help.

Malia’s existence — her status as clan mother in training, her marriage, her very life in the village — is threatened by her choice to befriend the Jegudun. But she’s the only Taakwa who knows the truth: that the threat to her people is much bigger and much more malicious than the Jeguduns who’ve lived alongside them for decades. Lurking on the edge of the valley is an Outsider army seeking to plunder and destroy the Taakwa, and it’s only a matter of time before the Outsiders find a way through the magic that protects the valley — a magic that can only be created by Taakwa and Jeguduns working together.

Now Malia is in a race against time. She must warn the Jeguduns that the Taakwa march against them and somehow convince the Taakwa that their real enemy isn’t who they think it is before the Outsiders find a way into the valley and destroy everything she holds dear.


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Happy reading until next time!