Wednesday, May 24, 2017



The magic barrier protecting the Taakwa from their enemies, the Maddion, is gone. Malia, who led the Taakwa against the Maddion in the Dragon War, must convince the magical being, the changer, to repair the barrier before the Maddion invade to take revenge on her people and the winged Jeguduns who also call the valley home, even if it means reversing the healing the changer wrought for her.

Chanwa, the wife of the Maddion leader, uses the disorder created by the changer to lead a coup against her husband in a desperate attempt to ensure she and the other Maddion women are treated as equals. Her life, and the future of every Maddion woman, depends on her success.

Both women know the only way to succeed is to come together in an unlikely alliance.


Love it or hate it, take it or leave it, yes, please or no thank you . . . Rebecca gets first crack at my new interview. I hope you love it!

Favorite things to do: Writing, reading, drinking coffee, exploring the outdoors, running, crocheting, skiing, ice skating, going to the beach.
Things you'd run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: Making phone calls, going to a party or a function where I know nobody (or only one person).

Things to say to an author:
I bought copies of your books for everybody I know! Would you sign them please?
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: If you're an author, why don't you quit your day job? Aren't you rich from your books?

Favorite places you've been: Vancouver, British Columbia; Cancun, Mexico; Key West, Florida; South Padre Island, TX; Disneyland.
Places you never want to go to again: The DMV in Florida. That place is the hellmouth.

Things you love about writing: Discovering new characters and stories and cool ideas. The sheer fun and thrill that comes along when a story or a character really surprises me. Making stuff up.
Things you hate about writing: There's never enough time for it. Sometimes it goes poorly and I feel like the biggest fraud and a talentless hack and like I should quit. Then I get over it and keep on writing.

Things you love about where you live: We recently moved to Portland, Oregon. It's green and beautiful, and there are so many places to explore outdoors. There's a lot of good coffee and chocolate and food here.
Things that make you want to move: A ton of other people are moving here, too, and the traffic and sheer number of humans is sometimes overwhelming. Then I go sit outside under a tree, and I feel much better.

Words that describe you: Driven, weird (I think this describes all writers), caring, enthusiastic.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn't: Short-tempered, impulsive, shy, and prone to extreme expletives while driving.

Favorite beverage: Other than water, coffee.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Ginger ale. I can't stand it. It's supposed to settle your stomach when it's upset, but it just makes me feel worse.

Something you're really good at: I'd like to think I'm good at writing!
Something you're really bad at: Speaking in front of crowds, making small talk.

Things you need in order to write: My laptop, coffee, and sometimes snacks. Also quiet or steady white noise. I usually get up before anyone else so I can write, or I go to coffee shops where nobody will demand anything of me (other than to pay for what I eat and drink) and write.
Things that hamper your writing: Obligations like the day job or school, or stressing about something going on in my life, or intrusive noises. The other day I was trying to write from home and somebody was using a jackhammer nearby. That didn't last long, fortunately.

Things you never want to run out of: Time! And also toilet paper. I have toilet paper tucked away in all sorts of places. I also make sure I never run out of coffee or coffee filters because I would be such a bear without my morning coffee.
Things you wish you'd never bought: Sometimes I buy clothes that I enjoyed in the store, but then when I try wearing them around the house while doing my usual routine, they aren't so great. Those end up getting donated.


Rebecca Roland is the author of the Shards of History series, The Necromancer's Inheritance series, and The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Nature, Flash Fiction Online, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, New Myths, and Every Day Fiction, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

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