Rebecca Roland

In Silence She Says Much, fiction, Issue 36, September 1, 2016

When did you start writing? I began writing seriously in 2006, but I had written fan fiction in junior high and high school, as well as a murder mystery in high school. The murder mystery was a strange choice as most of my reading material at the time involved science fiction, fantasy, and romance.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication was a flash fiction story titled "The Secret Ingredient" in the anthology Shelter of Daylight in 2009. That story later appeared as a reprint in Flush Fiction, which is an Uncle John Bathroom Reader book. I loved that series when I was younger, and I was both amused and pleased to have a story appear in one of their books.
What themes do you like to write about? I find myself writing most often about the bond between identity and memory, women's rights, and personal sacrifice for the greater good.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? My favorite author is Lois McMaster Bujold, and her Vorkosigan series in particular resonates with me. She actually addresses the themes I just mentioned, as well as how medical advances affect one's rights, aging gracefully, and many other issues. My hope is that one day I write characters as vivid and memorable as hers. She breathes such life into them.
Rebecca is the author of the Shards of History series, The Necromancer's Inheritance series, and The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Nature, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, New Myths, and Every Day Fiction, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. You can find out more about her and her work at or follow her on Twitter at @rebecca_roland.