Not your average ghost story.
You know those moments when you think you see something, but then you turn and nothing is there? I was going to write about something completely different, but this just happened to me. It has so much to do with Of Breakable Things, so I’m taking it as a sign.
Some things are considered a ‘trick of the light’ or an optical illusion. The characters in Of Breakable Things learn to expect the unexpected and believe in the impossible. For them, illusions and tricks are just excuses for when the mind doesn’t believe something enough to see what’s really there. Being without a body, the minds of the dead are free, and therefore trainable.
My main character, Alex, dies and chooses to enter a world of crooked doors, pulsating walls, and temperamental objects. She can see happiness in the form of light. She can see the trajectory of sound. It’s pretty cool to write about, but it was also a challenge because the world itself became a character. I didn’t want it to steal the spotlight too much.
Google Erik Johannson, and you’ll see what I’m talking about (although he takes it to the extreme). His photography and retouch is so inspirational, and much of his work epitomizes what I saw while dreaming up the afterworld in Of Breakable Things.
Alex was sick, sheltered, and naïve during her life, so it’s even more difficult for her to accept such radical sights. She questions everything. One day she could walk down a road and see two buildings. The next day, she might walk down the same road and see ten buildings, five sets of stairs leading to nothing, and a rowboat in the air. It’s all a little psychedelic. The best part? As Alex matures as a spirit and explores the boundaries of possibility, the world grows and becomes more and more exciting. Of Breakable Things is just the beginning. An open mind is an open door.
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Of Breakable Things by A. Lynden Rolland
Genre: urban fantasy
About Of Breakable Things:
A captivating debut about the fragility of life, love, and perspective.Source: Info in the About Of Breakable Things was from the press kit from the publicity team.
Alex Ash was born broken. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, but she is willing to fight for her frail life as long as it includes the boy next door. Chase has always held the pieces of her together, but when he dies tragically, Alex’s unfavorable fate becomes a blessing in disguise.
Faced with a choice, she finds herself in a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under. Among limitless minds, envious spirits, and soulless banshees, Alex hardly rests in peace
Meet The Author
About A. Lynden Rolland:
A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. As a child she spent much of her free time compiling dramatic stories of tragic characters in a weathered notebook which she still keeps. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc, thunderstorms and autumn leaves.
She is a former high school English teacher and a mother of two who moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. When she isn't chasing her two vivacious boys or arguing about football with her husband, she can be found hiding behind a laptop at her local bookstore. She is represented by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services. Of Breakable Things, her debut novel, will be released by Month9Books in the spring of 2014.
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