Continuing our week-long love affair with Fantasy, today I have the spectacular Angela Wallace on my blog! If you missed the interview I had with Angela on Monday, you can find it here. Also, if you missed my guest blog over at her place on Wednesday, you can check it out here.
Before you go all bouncing around the blogosphere, read on my friends and find out how Angela found freedom in fantasy…
If I had to choose one word to describe myself, it would be “dreamer.” I’m always imagining fantastical worlds, adventurous escapades, magical encounters. My love of fantasy has evolved as I’ve grown, but it started out as an escape. As a child, illness kept me from enjoying the common pursuits of my peers. Fantasy provided me a much-needed way out, not just from my physical pain, but also from the helplessness and lack of control that pressed upon my spirit. I devoured books, losing myself in their fantasy worlds where disease was nonexistent and children were capable of great things. Within their pages, I could escape the confines of my body and find freedom in imagination.
Soon, it wasn’t enough just to read as a way to give my oppressed spirit a chance to fly. I took to writing. Writers inevitably pour pieces of themselves into their characters, and so I poured myself into heroines, vicariously living another life where I was stronger, braver—free.
Now that I’m an adult, I’ve made the move to the urban fantasy genre, a world a little closer to my own. Rather than using it as a means of escape, though, fantasy has become a place where I can dream of being better. I read of characters doing the right thing, of standing up for justice and goodness, of fighting for their beliefs and loved ones. And then I can believe that heroes do exist, that I never have to settle for less than nobility and honor—in others and in myself.
I also read about people with flaws, with emotional issues, and I watch them overcome incredible odds, triumphing over supernatural forces. I may never fight vampires, or face the things that lurk in the night, but if the heroines I read and write about can fight real demons, then I can face personal ones. No longer am I stuck in this weakened form, finding solace in fictional others; I choose my destiny. It is not a dream. I am strong. Fantasy does not allow me to escape my troubles; it continues to bolster and encourage me as I face them. There is freedom in inspiration.
Thank you so much for sharing such a raw and personal story with us, Angela. There is power in your words and even though your body isn’t of superhero caliber, I think what’s inside of you is. Like you said, ‘There is freedom in inspiration’ and you are quite an inspiration to all of us!
All you fabulous readers, don’t forget! Angela is giving away a copy of her book, Elemental Magic. Comment, tweet, post to Facebook, do what you gotta do to get your name in the hat! A huge thank you to everyone who tweeted Monday’s post. You all are amazing.
So, share with us, what do you find freedom in? Does your writing give you wings? Have you ever used the arts as a means of escape?