I thought I’d talk about an author whose work I like, but is also some-one I know personally, and some-one who I think everyone else should get to know, at least through her work.
I have been lucky enough to know Lilliana Rose for a few years as a fellow South Australian writer. I first met her as a very talented fantasy and science fiction author whose stories always had an element of the dark, macabre and sometimes downright strange. But she is also a writer of romance and horror and probably anything else she sets her mind to.
Her story Christmas Wings is a beautiful tale of Zarna, a fairy who only wanted wings of her own. It is well-written and a pleasant little story that I have recommended to quite a few people. The main character feels real, and the situation she finds herself in is that fear of many teenagers – being seen as being different and trying so desperately to fit in.
However, she is better known in Adelaide as a writer of poetry. In this regard I recently got hold of a copy of her book Creating Wings. The theme of the book is there in its title, a metaphor for letting go and flying on wings of creativity. I think my favourite in the book is ‘The Librarian’, but there is not a bad poem in here. Her use of language is sublime and represents much more than just what they say. As the final lines of ‘Words’ says: “cos I know you / are so much more / than just words / on a page.” This applies to every poem in this book.
She recently wrote a guest post on the Dark Side DownUnder blog called ‘Creative Currency’, A really well written piece about the writing process and how it is not the sort of easy job that just anyone can do. Again, like everything else she has written, a thoughtful, well-thought out piece that certainly made me think.
You can find some of her books at the Infinity Dreaming site as well.
I guess, finally, go on over to her website and see what else she has to offer, including links, examples of her poetry and other bits and pieces.