Gillian Rhodes is a multi-dimensional artist working primarily as a dancer and choreographer. She has performed and dance professionally in the US, France, Cambodia, and South Korea. As a writer, she has co-authored books with her sister, novelist Hilary Rhodes, and her father, Kevin. She lives and works globally.
We've heard some things about a new book, The Book of Noah. Tell us about it!
Yes! The Book of Noah is set to be released on November 4th, 2014, and I'm just delighted to introduce it. It's a collaboration between me and my sister, Hilary, who is already published on Smashwords with her historical fiction series, The Lion and The Rose. It's a science fiction dystopian novel with two parallel storylines, one in the near future with the devastating World War 3, and the second 500 years in the future. In many ways it's also a personal manifesto for Hilary and I and expresses a lot of our critiques of religion and politics -- but don't get scared! It's also a darn good story.
So you wrote Book of Noah with your sister? How did that work?
Hilary and I have been telling stories together for as long as I can remember, and this was only an extension of that. The essential storyline of BON - most of which plays into Christopher Cordwainer's part - was told as one of those stories in late 2006, early 2007. In fall 2008, for whatever reason, I found myself thinking about the story again, but from a different perspective. I mentioned it to Hilary and we spent a whole weekend bashing out the details and the basic plot. From there, I wrote out a sketch of the story, like a very detailed outline, around 60 pages. Hilary did her magic on it and worked it into a proper draft. We sent it back and forth several times with comments and edits until we had something we liked. At that point, we had our dad read it (Kevin Rhodes, also on Smashwords). He came back with some pretty detailed critique, so we took some time to think about it and then once again reworked it and sent it back and forth until at last we were both happy with it. It's been a very close collaboration from the beginning and I think the finished product is an equal balance of both of us.
The war that ended the world has been over for a hundred years, but nobody knows it. The League, a powerful organization of wizards, have rewritten history, but deep in the blackened hills, whispers of the legendary angels pass from ear to ear. Some have even learned the most dangerous secret of all: the secret of the blue sky
Tell Me A Story collects short stories written by a father and daughter, based on shared prompts. Dad limited his entries to 100 words (exactly), producing piercingly realistic snapshots taken over his lifespan. Daughter preferred fantasy, sci-fi, post- apocalyptic fiction, and futurism. Their strikingly different stories are a testament to ingenuity, imagination, and creative commitment.
The Book of Noah is a post-apocalyptic science fiction dystopian novel. Taking place both in the near future and five hundred years from now, it unfolds the parallel stories of U.S. Attorney General Chris Cordwainer during World War III, and Noah, the young High Priest-in-training of the Church of Noah, when the “war to end all wars” and its aftermath have radically transformed the country.