Monday, December 19, 2011

Fractured Light Blog Tour • Why I Write

Today, I am honored to welcome author Rachel McClellan, author of Fractured Light.
She's here to share about why she writes and a bit of writing advice.
About the Author

I was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When I'm not in my writing lair, I'm partying with my husband and four small children.  My love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night.  For when the lights went out, my imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was... Oh, and my debut YA novel Fractured Light will be out February 2012.

For more about Rachel, you can find her here: Blog || Website || Facebook
And now, on to Rachel's words of wisdom.

Why I Write

There are a select few who claim to see dead people. I’m not one of them, but I do see characters, and, honestly, some of them are just as scary. The other day I reached for a hanger that had slid partially beneath an attic door in the back of my son’s closet. Just as my fingers touched the hard, white plastic, something, or someone, sucked the hanger into the attic. It was only a moment later that I realized the thing in my attic is the ghost of a seriously pissed-off, murdered woman.

None of this happened, of course. It was only in my imagination, but now the woman is there. Stuck inside my head as much as she’s stuck in my attic. She joins the countless others who are just waiting for their story to be told. I listen best I can, and when I have time I write down their stories. The sooner the better.

It wasn’t always this way. There was a time when I could look at an oddly-shaped tree and keep walking; the deep hole in its side was merely a squirrel’s home and not an entrance to a world where humans hide at night and travel at day to avoid the growing number of Junks (those who have had their humanity turned off by the Authorities).

At first I tried ignoring the characters, pretended they didn’t exist. But this only made them louder. When their cries started to contend with that of my children’s, I knew I had to listen. It took some time, but eventually I found a way to balance my own life with that of theirs.

Llona wasn’t the first character I wrote about, but she was the loudest, and, gratefully, wasn’t as scary as the others. I like writing about her. She makes me laugh so I’m glad she has more to say in the sequel of Fractured Light.

Those of you interested in writing, listen to characters. They’re all around us desperately waiting to be heard. Help them find their voice. Work hard. Stay focused. And most importantly don’t give up on them. They only want to exist.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog Rachel! It was an honor to have you, and the advice you've given us aspiring writers will definitely be taken to heart.

Don't forget to check out Rachel's book, Fractured Light! You can see my review here.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.

Go get your hands on Fractured Light when it comes out in February 2012!

For more about Fractured Light, check out these sites: Website || Goodreads
For more about Cedar Fort Publishing, check out these sites: Blog || Facebook || Twitter || Goodreads


This post was published as part of the official blog tour for Fractured Light.

1 comment:

  1. great writr advice the cooles so far i've seen

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