vrijdag 5 september 2014

Guest Post Spring Blessings

I'm hosting a guest post today for the book tour for urban fantasy "Spring Blessings". I hope you enjoy the guest post. 

Guest Post

One of my favorite Oscar Wilde quotes has always been “Man is least himself when he speaks in his own person.  Give him a mask and he’ll tell you everything”. I hadn’t thought about it too terribly much until I started working on the promotional work for Spring Blessings.  I hadn’t originally set out to write a deep meaning and personal story.  After all, I wrote a novel about a guy who had an okay life that ended up being almost a lie based on some sort of reality that isn’t the case.  I didn’t intend to make it any more than that but that’s where it went.
                Writing and rewriting is a process to smooth away the rough edges though I will always see them.  Art of me always thinks that the lines of dialogue aren’t smooth but I could pick it to death and then become frustrating.  However in the process pieces of yourself bleed in.  It’s like the old Chinese story about the woman who made the tapestry.  She cried making it so her tears became a pond.  She bled into the work so she made a blood red sun from her.  She ran out of black thread so she used her hair.  It became a part of her and she was a part of the tapestry.  To the point she made a utopia for her favorite son with a princess for ever and ever.  So too do our stories become.  They are more apart of us than we would ever want to admit.  Spring Blessings because really became more autobiographical than I ever wanted to tell.
                This is what we do as writers.  I don’t think I’ve ran across anyone who writes for fun or profit that doesn’t have something that they feel that they need to get out.  Some sort of creative monster that needs to be expressed though a mix of words and tricks upon the unsuspecting populous.  We do it because we want to tell people our stories and we are either too afraid or not capable of sharing our secrets.  For me Asher’s story about recovering and redemption is less about a man finding out he’s a wizard and a savoir in that weird Keanu Reeves sort of way as it is about a man who felt guilt for being weird descended into madness and recovered attempting to find some sort of redemption and being about value.  The mirror of things I dealt on my path is more than I would care to share but I don’t have to.  I wrote a novel and working on a second one that tells the same story.
                It isn’t that uncommon for storytellers to use some sort of mask to tell a story.  When he started working on his own anthology series after leaving Playhouse Sixty, Rod Serling chose to make his work a science fiction show because he could get around the censors and explore subjects that the early sixties considered taboo.  Roddenberry followed his example years later with Star Trek.  These are handful of examples and probably the better known ones.  You can throw around names like Atwood, Bradbury and Orwell and not even gleam the surface of these masks.  But the fact of the matter is that we all do it.  The reason To Kill a Mockingbird resonates beyond its message about race poverty and life in the south during the heyday of Jim Crowe is that there is a story there told about Harper Lee that is easy to forget is the story of a real person.  One time there was a little girl who lived that life. 
                At one time behind this masked lived a lost addict who had no purpose and direction who is still searching for that higher goal.

About the Book

Title: Spring Blessings
Author: S.C. Houff
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Asher Stone didn’t want to be a hero. After spending two years recovering from an isolating drug habit, his life was getting on track. He had a girlfriend who he loved very much. He was holding down a job and had a repaired relationship with his mother. One day, Asher was attacked by a manticore that escaped the clutches an order of magi and his world gets turned upside down. Now, Asher is dealing with old temptations and new problems and a destiny that he has to embrace or the fate of the world will crash down on him. The only thing Asher can hope is that Blessings and Hope do spring eternal in this first book in a series.

Author Bio

   S.C. Houff was born in the backwoods of Southwestern Virginia to a small town lawyer and a recovering radical.  She has been a telemarketer, a part-time educator and occasional bodyguard but now is working on writing.  She has started working on her very first novel which is fun for everyone.  When she is not writing she’s perusing her other love which is history.  She also is an avid fan all things nerdy and fun.
                While she’s not received any accolades for her writing, S.C. Houff is a two time Geography B champion.


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