Rebecca Snow is the author of Glassmusic, shortlisted for the 2015 International Rubery Book Award. A freelance editor, writer, and teacher, she relocated this last summer from Colorado to her home state of Washington.
Click here for more information about her debut novel. The best way to order it is through your local bookstore. Here are a couple to choose from:
Make Way for Trolls in the Pacific Northwest!
I’m off to Washington State to finish my second novel in solitude! I’ll be renting a small apartment over a garage in the country, northwest of Spokane. My plan is to take a break from teaching English and grading papers, work part-time, have plenty of energy to write, and stay out of debt. Moving out of state is more expensive than I expected! I leave on Tuesday, July 11th.
See below for donation prizes.
My second book is very different than my debut novel, Glassmusic, released by Conundrum Press in 2014. Inspired by my family history in Norway, it’s set in the 1920s & 30s. See below for more about novel #1.
My second novel is a fantasy set in the Pacific Northwest, much closer to where I grew up in Seattle, and features trolls who have immigrated from Norway. While I am in charge of the writing, my brother Michael Snow co-authored the plot and is the creator and backbone behind the story. We are first generation Norwegian-Americans, so we love the idea of integrating Norse mythology into the book. The protagonist is a young female magician coming of age in the Cascade Mountains.
I applied for a grant to work on the book, and though I didn’t get it, the jurors gave me some wonderful feedback. From the Sustainable Arts Foundation:
“The troll mythology from your Norwegian background is really interesting. . . . This is strong speculative fiction. The action is clearly plotted and the pace is right on.”
My brother Michael and me in Kaupanger, Norway, August 2015.
Please help make this book a reality! So far, I have written about 25,000 words over the last few years inbetween semesters of teaching. To finish, I need to focus on writing the rest of it for an entire year while working a much less demanding job.
Thank you so much for your support!
For donations of $50 or more by the 11th, I’ll send you a signed copy of my second novel (assuming it gets published, of course!).
For donations of $100 or more by the 11th, I’ll send you a signed copy of my novel Glassmusic + a signed copy of the new novel.
If you dontate $100 or more after the 11th, you’ll get a signed copy of the new novel.
My first reading and book signing of Glassmusic, BookBar , Denver, CO, 2015.
About Glassmusic: Released by Conundrum Press in 2014, Snow’s debut novel is set in the serene fjordlands of Norway in the early twentieth century. Ingrid has led a blissful childhood until, through no choice of her own, she becomes holder of her family’s secrets. Her father, a blind preacher who ministers through sacred music played on glassware, increasingly relies on Ingrid to see for him even as it threatens to tear apart his marriage. And after she witnesses an assault against her sister, Ingrid must decide when to speak and when to remain silent, whom to trust and when to run away. Glassmusic explores the sometimes devastating realities of loyalty and jealousy, with philosophy, music, and love serving as guides.
“Listen to Glassmusic. Its delicate beauty will resonate long after you close the cover on the final page.”
–William Haywood Henderson, author of Augusta Locke
“Glassmusic explores the perils of childhood and the burden of holding dark secrets with prose as resonant as the music at the center of the story. Young Ingrid navigates chilling territory as she learns to make music alongside her father, and tries to make sense of a terrible incident she witnesses. The world through Ingrid’s eyes is fragile and fraught with danger. Snow’s debut novel is as beautiful as the frozen landscape she describes with such precision.”
–Tiffany Quay Tyson, author of Three Rivers
“Glassmusic is as elegant and finely wrought a novel as the title suggests. Snow’s stunning prose evokes the Norwegian Fjordlands with the sensory impact of a lucid dream and delivers a symphonic combination of emotionally complex characters and immersive story that lingers in memory long after the pages have turned.”
–Doug Kurtz, author of Mosquito
“Rebecca Snow’s Glassmusic is a wonder of imagination and skill. Part coming-of-age story, part examination of faith and evil, part family portrait and a consideration of how young women become their truest selves, part tribute to both the creative spirit and the enduring bonds between sisters, the book unfolds with uncommon beauty, terror, grace and restraint. Rural, 1920’s Norway is evoked so vividly it becomes a character itself, an animate, spiritual landscape that makes us feel we are there, one with Ingrid’s developing awareness, as the story hurtles toward its startling – and satisfying – denouement. Luminously written, in language as precise and delicate as “the echoes of water and glass” made by the magical musical instrument at its heart, this book has the authority and resonance of a fable. I read in one sitting, spellbound by its beauty, insights, and power.”
–Alison Townsend, author of Persephone in America