A. Lynden Rolland
Publication Date: November 10th, 2015
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.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog! Let’s go with backstory/little known facts about the afterworld in the Of Breakable Things series.
- The meaning of the word : a phantom or apparition. Completely fitting since the world is for ghosts. But the term also means an ideal. For Alex, the afterworld seems to be perfect when she enters it, but it’s explained to her that she sees what she wants to see. She discovers more as her mind opens. As the series progresses, she learns how to see through the façade of the ‘ideal.’
- The city of Eidolon was created as a safeguard for spirits especially once the western movement brought more of the living to that part of the country. (This is explained in OF DELICATE PIECES!)
- In my afterworld, spirits aren’t immortal. Their minds keep them alive. In Of Delicate Pieces, Alex meets the Memory Miner who harvests the memories of people who have died and didn’t pass into the afterworld. He’s over four hundred years old because the memories make his mind strong. Spirits live as long as they keep expanding their minds through knowledge, understanding, new experiences, etc.
- The spirit city of Eidolon is hidden inside Redwood National Park. There’s a barrier made of trees explained in Of Delicate Pieces, and the bark on the trees causes people to forget. So if they see the gate to Eidolon, they don’t remember it.
- The ability to enter the afterworld is hereditary. Most spirits have other family members who live there. The longer the lineage, the stronger the spirit. The fact that Alex is unnaturally strong in death indicates that her family has an extensive spiritual history. Readers learn from which family in Of Delicate Pieces.
- Almost every name has a meaning. Character names. Street names. Fictional stones or plants. Some are anagrams. Some are Latin or derived from other languages, etc. For example, the Voix stone in Of Breakable Things. It helps spirits to be heard by the living and it’s found in France. Voix is just French for voice.
- The real stones, plants, and herbs used by Professor Duvall and Skye have meanings also. Skye keeps particular plants in her pocket. Duvall uses stones, plants, and other concoctions to understand people or situations (like the goo she puts on the walls in the haunted house while talking to Alex.)
I love hiding little details into my stories. Although it’s time-consuming, those details are the things I research and create when I have writer’s block or when I’m feeling creative and can’t be in front of my computer!
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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