Interview with sci-fi author Roxanne Bland

A hearty welcome goes to
author Roxanne Bland today. She’s
chatting with me about her new science fiction work, The Moreva of Astoreth.
This is just one of many
stops Roxanne is making as she does a virtual
book tour
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.  
Welcome, Roxanne. Please tell us about your current
In a world where gods and
science are indelibly intertwined, Moreva Tehi, priestess, scientist, healer,
and the spoiled, headstrong granddaughter of a powerful goddess, is temporarily
exiled from Temple life in her beloved desert home to a volatile, far northern
corner of the planet for willfully neglecting to perform her sacred duty, only
to venture into dangerous realms of banned experimentation, spiritual rebirth,
and fervent, forbidden love.
What inspired you to write this book?
In a way, you could say
this story was thirty years in the making. A friend from college and I
collaborated on a story. I always meant to write it down, but you know how life
gets in the way. Then, years later, I read Zecharia Sitchin’s Earth Chronicles
series, wherein he posits that ancient astronauts came to Earth, created humans
and founded the Sumerian civilization. Later, I got the bright idea to meld the
story my friend and I had created with Sitchin’s theories. 
Excerpt from The
Moreva of Astoreth:
“I could have you executed for this, Moreva Tehi,”
Astoreth said. My Devi grandmother, the Goddess of Love, scowled at me from Her
golden throne in the massive Great Hall of Her equally massive Temple.
Sitting on my heels, I bowed my head and stared at
the black and gold polished floor, trying to ignore the trickle of sweat
snaking its way down my spine. “Yes, Most Holy One.”
“You blaspheme by not celebrating Ohra, My holiest of
rites. And this one was important—the worthiest of the hakoi, handpicked by Me,
celebrated with us. ”
“I can only offer my most abject apologies, Most Holy
“Your apologies are not accepted.”
“Yes, Most Holy One.”
“Where were you?”
“I was in the laboratory, working on a cure for red
fever. Many hakoi died last winter—”
“I know that,” my grandmother snapped. “But why did
you miss Ohra? Did you not hear the bells?”
“Yes, Most Holy One. I heard them. I was about to lay
aside my work when I noticed an anomaly in one of my pareon solutions. It was
odd, so I decided to investigate. What I found…I just lost track of time.”
“You lost track of time?” Astoreth repeated, sounding
“Do you expect Me to believe that?”
“Yes, Most Holy One. It is the truth.”
A moment later, my head and hearts started to throb.
I knew why. My grandmother was probing me for signs I had lied. But She
wouldn’t find any. There was no point in lying to Astoreth, and it was
dangerous, too. Swaying under the onslaught from Her power, I endured the pain
without making a sound. After what seemed like forever the throbbing subsided,
leaving me feeling sick and dizzy.
What exciting story are you working on next?
The sequel to my first
book, a paranormal urban fantasy in which a werewolf trapped in a bitter love
triangle falls for an amnesiac space alien who may or may not be a serial
killer. Now the four have to get over their differences and work together to
stop an invasion of Earth by the alien’s enemies.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve written on and off
since I was a child, but it wasn’t until 2001 that I started taking it
seriously. So I’d date it from then.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day
like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
I wish I could write full
time! No, I have a day job—I write for a tax-related trade magazine—so I’m a
part-timer. I usually get up when most people are sleeping—around two or three
in the morning—and write until it’s time for the workday to begin. Needless to
say, I don’t get much sleep.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I really don’t think I
have any. No rituals, no “everything-must-be-just-so”. I just sit down, fire up
the old computer and write.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
My very, very first career
goal that I remember was to be a jockey. Then I grew too big. So my second
career goal was to be a concert pianist. My career goal now is to be a
full-time author.
Anything additional you want to share with the
Believe in yourself and go
for your dreams. You’ll be amazed by the places the journey takes you.
Thanks for being here today, Roxanne!

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