Get to know Rochelle Maya Callen, one of the 22 contributors to the recently-released†Allegories of the Tarot†Anthology (which is already trailblazing its way up the fantasy anthology charts on Amazon!). Rochelle (known affectionately as “Rocky” by her friends and fans) wrote her tale, A Promise in the Dark, based on the Strength card. You can read an excerpt of†her story below.†
Rochelle grew up wanting to be a novelist, but tucked away her stories when she entered high school. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Communication when she was twenty years old. After years away from her writing, Rochelle picked up a pen and started fleshing out a character sketch that she outlined when she was twelve. That sketch was the start of the Ashes and Ice story, her debut novel that was published in 2013. Her debut rocked bestseller charts only hours after its release. She plans on releasing its sequel in 2014. Rochelle lives in the DC metro area with her husband and daughter. By day, she works as a behavioral therapist and life coach. By night, she is a dreamer and is busy tapping out new stories on her keyboard. You can find her here: rochellemayacallen.com.
Just a few questions…
What intrigues you about this particular Tarot card? The card and its meaning are truly beautiful. The maiden and the lion reflect our physical and inner strength and power.
Why did you decide to get roped into this project? Um, because Netta is all sorts of awesome. DUH! I have also been itching to write a story based on the Major Arcana. Also, did you see the author line up?? That list sparkles!
Have you ever had dealings with the Tarot before? Not too much. I messed around with Rune Cards when I was younger, but stopped when a card nearly attacked me.
What other projects do you have planned? I am writing the sequel to Ashes and Ice! **gets back to writing so Netta doesn’t whip me**
How did you decide what to write about?†It took a while! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING was coming to mind UNTIL one day I got an image of a girl in an alleyway trying to get away from the Red Robes. I immediately sat down and got to writing and the story flowed from there. I am a very visual person so I had three images that inspired me (or looked like) the Strength card posted all over a place. I think it just took some time for it to click into place!
How literal did you want to get with your card?†I pretty much stuck with the card’s message, but I wasn’t sure how to allow it to play out. I tend to like the violent and rage-proned (*diabolical smile*), but the card is all about NOT needing physical strength to conquer and overcome. I played around with it a bit and like the outcome.
Is your story a part of something you’ve written about previously?†Not at all. But I L-O-V-E the world that I created with this story and would love to make it into a novel-length project.
Would you like to have written about any other card? Which card? Why?†Death. Um, because DEATH is simply badass. Endings, new beginnings. So much delicious material to work with. Maybe that’s why I pulled him into my story. 🙂
If you could have the power to divine the future, would you or would you not and why?†Oh you wicked thing you! SUCH a hard question. But if I had to be honest, I would say no. Sure, I could probably save myself time and money and heartache if I knew what was coming, but not knowing makes every precious moment sparkle with the POSSIBILITY of something awesome happening. I choose to rock possibility. It may bite my ass from time to time, but life is much more exciting this way.
An excerpt from†A Promise in the Dark
I couldn’t remember when I first dreamed of the boy. We sat on the cliffs above Zorilah in silence, the wind whipping at us, threatening to tear us apart. His black hair tickled my cheek as he leaned in close whispering in my ear. At first, I couldn’t hear his words, but his breath was a warm caress against my cheek so I never leaned away.
One night, his voice was as clear and real as the cold nipping at my toes through my torn boots. He spoke of death, of ashes, of blood, but his words never frightened me. They were a comfort, a promise in the dark so I always snuggled down onto the wet concrete and stayed in dreams, dreams where our Zorilah was free, beautiful, and ours.
I haven’t dreamed in a very long time.
Read the rest of†A Promise in the Dark†in the Allegories of the Tarot Anthology!
About Allegories of the Tarot
Once upon a time, there was an editor with a fascination for the Tarot. She was struck one day by a crazy idea. ìHey,î she said. ìWhat if twenty-two writers each wrote a story about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and were fashioned into an anthology?î
The idea would not leave her alone.
And thus, the Allegories of the Tarot was born.
Crowdfunded by a campaign on Indiegogo with the help and support of an amazing group of writers, twenty-two stories were crafted around the mysteries of the Tarot. The group includes a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Pulp Ark nominee, a former Bigfoot researcher, a journalist, an award-winning YA author, and a Rhysling Award winner. Professional writers, new talent, and a range of genres boggling the mind: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Bizarro Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Humor, Paranormal, Epic Fantasy, Literary, Romance, and Historical Fantasy.
What has emerged is an outstanding collection of fiction, unique and mysterious. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you think. Stories that make you feel the touch of the Universe.
Dare to step through the portal to shadowy realms and emotional journeys.