Rae wears too many hats: novelist, poet, playwright, homeschool mom, foster parent, actress, director, and theatre educator. She received Honorable Mention in the Malice in Memphis Hit Me With Your Best Shot Contest in 2018 and has two short stories being published in a local writers anthology, Malfunction Junction. You can catch her on Twitter and Instagram @raehardingbooks where she hosts a monthly thread about writing called #WritingwithRae. Rae loves video games (sucker for Final Fantasy), blues music, and Mediterranean food. She writes every spare moment she can steal, which is mostly at night when the kids are asleep. Therefore, she is always sleep deprived.
She is currently working on her second novel and hoping to edit her first, WILL FALL, with the help of an awesome CP who’s not afraid to dive into a first person present tense speculative fiction, even though the market is not currently supporting dystopia-esque genres. After all, if vampires can make a comeback…
I love good world-building, strong character arcs, and well-paced plots. I love most genres, but mostly read fantasy. Some authors I enjoy (not an exhaustive list) include: Neil Gaiman, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, Libba Bray, Brandon Sanderson, Philip Pulman, Kiersten White, Leigh Bardugo, and Anthony Doerr.
Anything gratuitous, whether sex, violence, or otherwise.
When the Harrowing began, angels decimated mankind. Thrown from the heavens and stripped of their immortality, they are forced to live amongst the human remnant.
Seventeen-year-old Deavan has spent the last decade disguised as a boy and surviving as a scavenger in the outlying lands of Bastion, North America’s last human stronghold. With her life’s savings stolen and a determination to find her older brother, Deavan agrees to take one last high-paying job smuggling three mysterious infiltrators through Bastion’s nightmarish apocalyptic territories. But Deavan has more to worry about than border guards or the voices in her head. They are being hunted and it’s not long before she discovers why: two of her passengers are Winged, the very beings responsible for the death of six billion humans. But these angels are unlike the brutal titans of death and destruction Deavan beheld as a young child. They protect another human—well, currently human. Will, the last Nephilim, may hold the key to not only ending the rule of Bastion’s merciless Judges, but possibly stopping the Harrowing once and for all. Aiding the enemy goes against everything Deavan knows, but can her betrayal bring about mankind’s salvation?
WILL FALL is Joan of Arc meets Angelfall in landscapes inspired by Dante’s Inferno. It is a story of self-sacrifice, being human, and the costs of surrender for those we love. Complete at 78,500 words, WILL FALL stands alone as a Young Adult Speculative Fiction with crossover and series potential.
I tug the end of the bandages wrapped around my chest tightly and secure it into the folds. A gust lifts the corner of a sheet metal roof on a makeshift shelter. It rumbles like last night’s thunder as it crashes back down onto the boards. The breeze is a reprieve from the humidity but circulates a stench of wet animals and manure. There are also sweet smells: wild garlic in the pasture and roasting flesh of God-knows-what-kind-of-meat impaled upon a grill spit. A new group of outsiders arrived in the night, and the Clearing is abuzz with activity.
My boots sink slightly into the damp earth with each step as I drag my palm along the chicken wire running the length of a refuge. The metal is coarse from a coat of rust, and my fingers bounce up and down as they might read an arcane Braille. Another breeze hits my face and I close my eyes. The cattle lows. Dogs bark. Horses nicker. And so many voices. A thousand voices.
None of which are in my head. Those whispers are far louder.
This voice belongs to a person who has recently hopped over the fence from boy to man. He’s around my age, twenty at the most, with wavy brown hair. A cloud passes from the sun, revealing a smattering of golden highlights along the edges of several curls atop his head.
I enjoy exploring mortality by writing about the immortal. I am currently drafting an adult paranormal thriller.
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