BLACKFOOT â When Rachel McClellan was growing up, she never planned to become an author; she just enjoyed writing stories.
However, this former Blackfoot resident is now using her fiction writing skills to contribute to the young adult fiction genre. Her first novel, âFractured Lightâ, is receiving superb reviews from other authors and is highly rated on Goodreads, a popular website for book recommendations, by those who have previewed the novel.
McClellan decided to become an author during a trip to Ireland in 2007. She went to Ireland to fulfill her motherâs dream of visiting the land of their ancestors. Something about Ireland encouraged her to write novels.
âMaybe it was one of [my motherâs] pesky ghost relatives who possessed me with all these strange story ideas,â jokes McClellan.
McClellanâs âstrange story ideasâ are part of the reason âFractured Lightâ is generating positive buzz. Readers enjoy the unique plot.
In the story, 17-year-old Llona Reese is an Aura, which means she has the power of manipulating light. This power causes her to be targeted by the deadly Vykens and Llona must learn to fight in order to survive. McClellan says she always played with the idea of auras and light manipulation, but her idea for her main character did not come about until she was completing a writing exercise with a friend.
While McClellan wrote about a funeral experience for the exercise, she imagined a girl with white hair and this led to the plot for âFractured Lightâ.
McClellan states that she wrote âFractured Lightâ for young adults because she worked with teenagers for many years and noticed that everything is fresh and new with them, including romance.
âSome of my favorite words are âterribly romantic,ââ she explains. âWhen people grow older and have kids, they become jaded.â
âFractured Lightâ will be released on Feb. 8. âFractured Lightâ will be the first book in a trilogy. The second book of the series, tentatively called âFractured Truth,â will be released in February 2013.