Special Guest Post ~ Angela Wallace: Finding Freedom In Fantasy

Continuing our week-long love affair with Fantasy, today I have the spectacular Angela Wallace on my blog! If you missed the interview I had with Angela on Monday, you can find it here. Also, if you missed my guest blog over at her place on Wednesday, you can check it out here.

Before you go all bouncing around the blogosphere, read on my friends and find out how Angela found freedom in fantasy…

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If I had to choose one word to describe myself, it would be “dreamer.”  I’m always imagining fantastical worlds, adventurous escapades, magical encounters.  My love of fantasy has evolved as I’ve grown, but it started out as an escape.  As a child, illness kept me from enjoying the common pursuits of my peers.  Fantasy provided me a much-needed way out, not just from my physical pain, but also from the helplessness and lack of control that pressed upon my spirit.  I devoured books, losing myself in their fantasy worlds where disease was nonexistent and children were capable of great things.  Within their pages, I could escape the confines of my body and find freedom in imagination.

Soon, it wasn’t enough just to read as a way to give my oppressed spirit a chance to fly.  I took to writing.  Writers inevitably pour pieces of themselves into their characters, and so I poured myself into heroines, vicariously living another life where I was stronger, braver—free.

Now that I’m an adult, I’ve made the move to the urban fantasy genre, a world a little closer to my own.  Rather than using it as a means of escape, though, fantasy has become a place where I can dream of being better.  I read of characters doing the right thing, of standing up for justice and goodness, of fighting for their beliefs and loved ones.  And then I can believe that heroes do exist, that I never have to settle for less than nobility and honor—in others and in myself.

I also read about people with flaws, with emotional issues, and I watch them overcome incredible odds, triumphing over supernatural forces.  I may never fight vampires, or face the things that lurk in the night, but if the heroines I read and write about can fight real demons, then I can face personal ones.  No longer am I stuck in this weakened form, finding solace in fictional others; I choose my destiny.  It is not a dream.  I am strong.  Fantasy does not allow me to escape my troubles; it continues to bolster and encourage me as I face them.  There is freedom in inspiration.

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Thank you so much for sharing such a raw and personal story with us, Angela. There is power in your words and even though your body isn’t of superhero caliber, I think what’s inside of you is. Like you said, ‘There is freedom in inspiration’ and you are quite an inspiration to all of us!

All you fabulous readers, don’t forget! Angela is giving away a copy of her book, Elemental Magic. Comment, tweet, post to Facebook, do what you gotta do to get your name in the hat! A huge thank you to everyone who tweeted Monday’s post. You all are amazing.

So, share with us, what do you find freedom in? Does your writing give you wings? Have you ever used the arts as a means of escape?

24 thoughts on “Special Guest Post ~ Angela Wallace: Finding Freedom In Fantasy

  1. August McLaughlin

    Beautiful story, Angela. I admire the way you now use the very “medicine” that helped you to inspire others. Writing and books are my favorite remedies, too. :)

    Thanks for sharing Angela with us, Tameri!

    1. Angela Wallace

      Thanks Jillian! It was good to get this post into words. I always knew the reasons behind my writing, but finally putting it into words is powerful medicine, like August said. :-)

  2. jennifer tanner

    Hi Angela and Tameri!

    My family was the only non-white family on the block and some kids gave me a hard time at school. I found my escape in books and old black and white movies and created, in a child’s mind, my own perfect world. The characters I create now have share some of insecurities I experienced during those years as well as my resilence.

    I’ve enjoyed your blog tour!

    1. Angela Wallace

      Jennifer, that is great that you were also able to find comfort and encouragement in other worlds. My characters get some of my issues as well. It helps me process, but I think it’s a great way to inspire others who are going through the same thing you did. :-)

  3. mj monaghan

    Too late, I’m bouncing all over the internets. hehehe

    Okay, I’m back.

    Angela, great insight into why and what you write. Books are such a great tool for the imagination, and writing takes the gift further. You have been given a gift – thank you for sharing it!

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Thanks Julie! I’ll be in touch with you about children’s books- I met some fascinating authors at the conference I’m attending and I’d like to get you all together some how. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Angela Orlowski-Peart

    Angela W., your story is beautiful and inspiring. Living with an illness is hard enough. Living with an illness as a young child is terrifying. You are a strong and a very positive-minded woman.

    Art is my escape from the negativity that I sometimes experience from others, or from boredom, or from pain. In addition to being a writer, I am also a watercolor painter. Art gives me an amazing inspiration, happiness and fullfilment.

    1. Angela Wallace

      I didn’t know you also painted, Angela! I can understand how that type of art can be very soothing. It takes a different kind of creativity, maybe not as mentally strenuous as writing. Sometimes I draw just to lose myself in the simplicity of it. Thanks for sharing that little tidbit! :-)

  5. Ali Dent

    Angela,
    Your story inspires me. Your journey into writing fiction is a story in itself. I know you better because you are willing to be honest about your life. I love your heart for creating heroes that we can believe in and for creating flawed characters to give us hope. Thanks.

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