Thursday, 3 December 2015

Rena Rocford talks Unicorns

It's my absolute pleasure to have Rena Rocford on my blog today, celebrating the launch of her new book. I've known Rena for a long time through our blogs, and I'm delighted she's finally achieved her ambition to get her first book published. May there be many more!


Thanks for hosting a stop along my book release blog tour, Annalisa!



Unicorns aren't always nice.

People always want to know where an idea for a book comes from, but the truth is, they come from many different places, and my book was no different. When I built the world around my story, I started with one little idea: 

We've stereotyped mythical creatures. People talk about how dogs have lots of personality, or cats are so different from each other (though, all cats are convinced my keyboard is the holy grail of nap locations!) but no one ever talks like that about dragons. If you look up dragons, there's a pretty good set of cranky, dangerous, cantankerous, do not approach do not approach types. Literature is littered with these great reptiles, their greed a tangible thing that burns inside them as they brood over their gold.

Which made me think about what it would be like if dragons were more like a roaming people, drifters, and less sit-in-one-place-and-have-gems-and-coins-fuse-into-your-scales kind of people. But almost as soon as I thought about dragons as being their polar opposite, it hit me: What about all the other mythical creatures?

What would happen if unicorns were lawyers and doctors? What if all of the gryphons had tight knit family groups? And then, as I always do, I started building a world around these ideas. What if Centaurs were really like cowboys, and what if all the different kinds of creatures were as suspicious of each other as different religious groups are? One idea led to another, and eventually, the plot bunnies showed up to take over.

And now, the manuscript that started out by wondering what it would be like if unicorns were lawyers is a book! Check it out, here!






Allyson fights acne, not trolls. As an inhaler-carrying member of the asthma society, she just wants to meet the father who turned her mother into a paranoid, move-across-the-nation freak. Now she’s trying to fit in at yet another school, but for the first time in her life, she has a best friend, Beth. When Allyson accidentally spits fire at kidnappers in the mall, she realizes why her father isn’t in the picture: she’s half dragon. Her acne? Emerging scales. Her asthma? The side effects of her dragon’s fire breath. Instead of freaking out, unflappable Beth reveals her own troll heritage and explains how things work with the supernatural creatures hiding within the modern world of smartphones and skyscrapers.

When trolls kidnap a unicorn, Beth gets blamed. Allyson is determined to prove Beth’s innocence and keep her friend off the unicorn chopping block. When they start looking for the kidnappers, they get a call from the last person they expect: Allyson’s father. He tries to warn them off, but he’s been put under a spell by the kidnappers to keep the victims from escaping. Nothing short of death can stop him. Now Allyson must choose between killing the father she’s always dreamed of, or letting her best friend die for a crime she didn’t commit. 






Like most mad scientists, Rena Rocford’s early works were largely met with scorn and mockery, but she bided her time. After all, what did her fellow kindergarteners know about literature? From that day forward, Rena kept her writing on the mythical back burner as she pursued more logical goals. Today, crayons. Tomorrow, the world. She moved on to essays and egg drops, then experiments in shady laboratories. 

Living as a muggle brought Rena some levels of success, procuring a master’s degree from a well vetted university, but always the stories returned, calling her to the keyboard in the dark of night. Now, having built armies from words, Rena has set her sights on world domination, one book at a time.

From her secret base in the wine country, Rena has enlisted the help of her cats, her loyal dogs, and her family―who can be relied upon to hide the launch codes at a moment’s notice. You can find Rena at her blog, follow her on Twitter, or find her on Facebook. Her debut novel, Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon just released with Curiosity Quills. You can find it here on Goodreads, or buy it here!




17 comments:

  1. This book sounds just more and more awesome. I really can't wait to read it.

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    1. It's out now, you can pick up an electric copy anywhere in the world at this point, but I'm not sure if it's available in paper in all markets.

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  2. very clever twist to a unicorn myth. Good luck to her and glad as a muggle she functions by day and creates at night.

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    1. Thank you! Writing is always a balance between the real world and the imagined.

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  3. You know I love unicorns but I have never thought of them being doctors or lawyers. Interesting twist, I'll have to check it out. Congratulations with the book, Rena it sounds great.

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  4. Ah, unicorns. So many directions you can go in. My daughters love unicorns on roller skates gliding over a rainbow.

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    1. My daughter is in to that as well. In fact, she might be a little offended by the idea that they could ever be normal and have normal seeming lives.

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  5. Hi Annalisa and Rena - what a creative idea for a heroine ... interesting story line - particularly with dragons and unicorns. Cheers Hilary

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  6. Hi everyone, thanks for visiting and supporting Rena :-)

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  7. Congrats to Rena! This sounds like lots of fun, from the title onwards. I like anything that turns old tropes on their head.

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  8. This book sounds so clever! Congratulations and all the best to Rena. :)

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  9. I love seeing this book on blogs. Congrats and best of luck with world domination...I mean writing.

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  10. Hi Annalisa and Rena,

    What an awesome concept book, Rena. Hearty to congrats to you! There is a rumour that my doctor is a part-time Unicorn :)

    Of course, being my usual incredibly nice self, I shall now take the liberty of sharing your post, Annalisa.

    Have a lovely, although probably stormy weekend.

    Gary :)

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  11. Hahaha it's funny. Endless (which I'll be releasing next year) follows a similar line of thought, but with different creatures and different results.

    Your book sounds like a ton of fun, Rena. :-)

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