RG2E Featured Author Heather Sutherlin shares Why She Writes Fantasy

Happy Thursday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

For all of you Fantasy Fans, here’s a Sneak Peek into the world of RG2E Featured Author Heather Sutherlin

Hey, there, RG2E friends! I am thrilled to get this chance to say hello and introduce myself a bit to all of you fabulous readers out there. I adore the mixture of genres and styles we have represented here on RG2E and have discovered some fantastic writers. Haven’t you? I am so glad to be a part of it.

I shocked a lot of my friends and family this year by publishing a book. Most of them didn’t even know I was a writer. Surprise! So, I spent all summer answering the question, “What kind of book did you write?” This always embarrassed me a little because I didn’t think many of them would understand. I write fantasy with young adults as the main characters, but most of my friends had never mentioned reading that genre. To top it off, my first series turned out to have a lot of spiritual undertones that I hadn’t anticipated. How exactly do you market that to the general population? All their questions made me really analyze my motivations. I wanted to explain it to myself every bit as much as I wanted to explain it to them. This question kept buzzing in my head: Why do I write fantasy?

I write fantasy to soothe that part of me that longs for the world beyond this one.  It reminds me of something C.S. Lewis once said, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

I believe with all my heart that we were not created for this world alone.  There is another place, another time line altogether, which calls to me.  I can feel it inside sometimes when I am quiet and still.  There is this awesome awareness of infinity both in time and space, and I am trapped here for a short time within boundaries that keep me from fully seeing or comprehending all that is beyond.  If I am right, then there will come a day when those bonds will be broken and we will all be pushed out into the open, our eyes widened to somehow grasp what it is that lay there just beyond our sight for so long.  Isn’t it incredible to think, to consider?

I write fantasy because it is easy for me to imagine escaping this world and exploring another.  Whether you believe in another world or not, why not come escape with me for a little while?  Let me share with you the worlds that I have seen in my dreams and longed to visit in my heart.  Explore and enjoy them while they last.  And until the day comes where I can see the other side with my own eyes, I will keep writing more for us to share.

~ Heather

A Light In The Darkness by Heather Sutherlin

Merrilyn’s life is quiet and predictable. An apprentice to the royal healer, she spends her days helping in the village or up to mischief with her best friend who happens to be the handsome younger son of the king. But when a mysterious archer shows up in the forest and shoots their escort, Merrilyn’s life is forever changed. Caught in a battle between two forgotten gods, she must embrace her destiny and fight the very powers of darkness before it’s too late.

On Amazon , B&N Nook , and Kobo

Price: $2.99

Light Series #1

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Welcome to The RG2E, Heather, and thanks for sharing your luuuvvv for the fantasy genre. What a fabulous way to think about the genre!

Who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of Heather’s A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS? Let us know below, and you just might win one from Heather!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

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24 thoughts on “RG2E Featured Author Heather Sutherlin shares Why She Writes Fantasy

  1. Heather, I see where you’re looking. It’s the reason I write fantasy, too. I feel the energy of those other worlds around us, hear them in the wind and travel them in my dreams. I don’t think anyone could convince me that we simply die and rot in the ground: the end. Or go to heaven or hell for that matter.

    My sister tried once. I asked her what proof she offered that we didn’t continue on in some form after death. She said that when she was put under during an operation, there was nothing there. Blackness. Stillness. She said she felt nothing. As if she were dead.

    I asked her, “How did you know you were in empty blackness?”

    “I woke up,” she said.

    “Exactly. And you’ll wake again after this body dies and you’ll know where you’ve been.”

    I’d love a chance to win a copy of “A Light in the Darkness” for Kindle. I don’t have one yet, but that’s what I’m asking for for Christmas. 🙂

  2. I’m not ashamed to admit I read YA fantasy. Who doesn’t want to escape to another world and feel young again. I would love to have a copy of A Light in the Darkness on my Kindle.

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