This question has so many facets. It really depends on what is happening at the moment. One of the hardest things is to face a blank page trying to figure out that first sentence, that “hook” that will draw the reader in. Another hard part is making the time to write when there are so many other things—life stuff—pulling you in one direction or another. Then there’s marketing. That’s really hard for me because I’m a bit on the shy side. Getting up and talking in front of a bunch of people isn’t that hard because I can always put up a kind of psychic/emotional wall between them and me, but trying to engage people in conversation one on one is a different story. I like to think I’m getting better at it, though.
What inspired you to write this book?
It was an aha! moment when I was sort of stuck on a work-in-progress and, letting my mind wander, I thought about a story a friend and I collaborated on in college and Zecharia Sitchin’s Earth Chronicles series. The idea struck me that I could meld the story my friend and I made up with the theories presented in the Earth Chronicles into a single story. And so The Moreva of Astoreth was born.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Not enough! I wish I could write all the time, but I have a day job that prevents me from doing that. So I write in the wee hours of the morning, when most people are just going to bed or are already asleep. Depending on when I start, I can get a good three to five solid hours in before I have go about paying attention to life. But I don’t do this every day. I need my sleep, too!
Name your top five favourite books?
Well, my absolute favorite is the Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. I simply love his writing, the way it flows. And his stories are so haunting. My number two book is “The Anubis Gates” by Tim Powers. I have read this book so many times since discovering it while in college, and I still can’t sum it up for you in one sentence. Time travel, sinister and eccentric millionaires, ancient Egyptian magic and more all rolled into one. Number three, “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Actually, I love anything by Ray Bradbury. Number four, “The Physics of Immortality” by Frank Tipler, wherein he sets out to “prove” the existence of God through physics. I don’t completely buy his theory, but it’s a fascinating read. Five would be “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein. Though I know it’s impossible, I like the idea of a computer being stuffed with so much knowledge that it “wakes up” and becomes sentient.
What are you working on now?
The sequel to my book, The Underground. In that book, our three paranormal heroes, who weren’t too fond of each other to begin with, engaged in a spellcasting to keep Seattle, Washington from burning to the ground from the riots, but it went horribly wrong. While the spell stopped the rioting, it left the three with their paranormal powers crippled. Now they have to find a way to put things to rights before something worse happens. And what could be worse than that? The return of our fourth hero, the alien, with her enemies on her tail, who find Earth to be an enticing prize. So not only do the three have to find a way to get their powers sorted out, they and the alien have to find a way to stop a wholesale invasion of the planet. As you might imagine, I’m having a lot of fun with this one
Title: The Moreva of Astoreth
Author: Roxanne Bland
Genre: Science Fiction
In the world-building tradition of Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. LeGuin, The Moreva of Astoreth is a blend of science fiction, romance, and adventure in a unique, richly imagined imperialistic society in which gods and science are indelibly intertwined. It is the story of priestess, scientist, and healer Moreva Tehi, the spoiled, headstrong granddaughter of a powerful goddess who is temporarily exiled from Temple life in her beloved desert home to a volatile far northern corner of the planet for neglecting to perform her sacred duty, only to venture into dangerous realms of banned experimentation, spiritual rebirth, and fervent, forbidden love.
Roxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local public library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated. Ms. Bland lives in Rosedale, Maryland with her Great Dane, Daisy Mae.
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