By Rebecca Roland.
Shards of History emerged from a short story that felt too big to fit into a small word count, but when I finished the novel, I thought I was done. I wrote other stories. I moved on. But in the back of my mind, the characters from the novel kept on speaking. I started to wonder how Malia was getting along. At the end of the novel she was essentially a wounded warrior. I thought of all the soldiers who return from war, often with injuries not readily visible, and I thought of those who returned with very visible wounds. I wondered what might haunt Malia, and whether she could be haunted if she couldn't remember the war.
I also kept thinking about the Maddion women. They couldn't just go on living as they were in that horrible misogynistic society. And, even when I was writing Shards of History, I kept thinking of them and what they were going through back home. With the men off trying to find a cure for the illness killing them all, they were left to tend to the sick and to see their dead cared for. There was already a lot of upheaval going on in their lives with the illness, so I decided to push some more and see what happened. I found a woman among the Maddion whose story captured me, so I followed her, and through her I discovered that some of the women have been holding onto a secret.
I also did a lot of world building for Shards of History. A lot. I have oodles of notes that never made it into the book. In a way that's a good thing, because even though the details didn't make it into that first book, I think the idea that there's more to the world comes through in the writing. It feels more fully realized. And it provides plenty of fodder for a second book. I just couldn't let all that work go to waste. Plus, Shards of History takes place in a pretty cool world. I wanted to explore more of it.
Fractured Days, the sequel to Shards of History, is available now in trade paperback and ebook.
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