Author: A. Lynden Rolland
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Blurb Description: Settling into her second year of death, Alex is ready to explore her limitless mind in an afterworld that changes each day, but she still isn’t resting in peace.
The ‘gifted’ are humans who see spirits and have the same extraordinary mental powers, though they aren’t considered equals. Centuries ago, Alex’s family led the movement to keep the living and dead separated, but the gifted believe Alex is a reincarnation of their slain civil leader. When they begin to break down the barriers that protect the city, the afterworld becomes dangerous and vulnerable to exposure. The living and dead both want to use Alex for their own gain, but what they don’t realize is that neither side will want her when they find out who she really is.
In the afterworld, nothing stays buried for long.
OF DELICATE PIECES is the follow-up to A. Lynden Rolland's OF BREAKABLE THINGS.
ABOUT A. LYNDEN ROLLAND:
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and thunderstorms. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She resides in Maryland with her husband and young sons.
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Advice to aspiring writers
1. My number one piece of advice is to take every opportunity you can to learn. About writing. About outlining. About world building. About characterization. Every writer (aspiring, recreational, or published) can teach you something you didn’t know. I’ve learned so much from meeting other writers during conventions, events, and signings, but I feel like I learn just as much when I go into classrooms and talk to students.
2. Grow thick skin. Not everyone is going to like your writing (notice I said writing and not book.) We are all different. We like different things and different sorts of stories, and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but rejection still stings. Use it as constructive criticism if the reader has something useful to say. Don’t dwell on it.
3. Do some writing work every day. You don’t necessary have to write several chapters to have a successful ‘work’ day. Some of my favorite days are when I’m sitting with a notebook and brainstorming. I might write a few scenes by hand while taking the notes but mainly I’m just generating ideas.
4. Writer’s block is an opportunity to work on other things within the same story. Make a play list. Go to Pinterest and find pictures that go along with your story. Usually if I’m stuck while writing a scene, I can go find songs and pictures that depict the mood or tone of the scene and I can write myself out of the block. If not, spend some time with your characters. Make webs. Print headshots. Write scenes from other characters’ perspectives.
5. Have fun. If you aren’t having fun while writing the story, people aren’t going to enjoy reading it. You should be writing because it makes you happy. I feel like I’ve said this to so many writer friends because there are endless ups and downs during publishing. You should write because it’s a part of you, because you have to write to be you. If I had a billion dollars, I would still write. That’s how it should be. I’ve written novels that didn’t sell because they ‘weren’t marketable’ but I don’t regret writing them even if no one else ever gets to read them.
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