I am excited to be part of Just B. Jordan’s book tour for her latest book, To Ashes We Run! It’s been a long awaited sequel to her debut novel, Never to Live. She’ll be celebrating tomorrow night with a few special guests at a Facebook Party. You don’t want to miss out!
For this stop, I invited her to share about the themes within the book. So without further ado:
Please welcome Just B. Jordan!
Running From Your Problems
“I can’t do this.”
“I’ve let it go for too long already.”
“It will be hard.”
“It won’t make a difference anyways.”
…I’ve thought these things on many occasions. Recognizing this pattern in myself is probably what wove the theme into To Ashes We Run so strongly. It was kind of like confronting and understanding a flaw in myself by unfolding it all on a grand scale in a world that was (at the time) only real to me. I could use story to show myself what might happen if a pattern of avoidance was never changed.
In TAWR, Adisa (our contagonist) has a problem in the form of a witch. He thinks she’s a small problem that will disappear on its own, so he pretends she doesn’t exist. But the problem only grows and becomes stronger, more dangerous.
So he runs away. He escapes discomfort for a short time, and he thinks he’s avoided any repercussions…but problems don’t disappear. They fester.
Adisa’s “little problem” begins to affect more and more people. Others’ lives are altered and put in danger because he keeps running away from something that would have been much simpler to face in the beginning.
But changing a pattern in yourself is incredibly difficult. It doesn’t just happen. Adisa only begins to see that change is possible when he meets Dieon, our protagonist. Dieon is his opposite. If a problem arises, he faces it. He doesn’t let it negatively dictate his life.
Sometimes the harshest wakeup call is when we see someone so different from ourselves. It can be bitter, but it can also be the strongest instigator of change. Adisa hates Dieon at first. He doesn’t realize that it’s because he sees Dieon as the person he once wanted to be.
This knowledge forces him to consider how out of hand his problem has become…but it can be incredibly difficult to stop running and do what needs to be done. Especially when it feels like things have spiraled out of control.
When it feels like no matter what you do, the only thing waiting for you is ashes.
Writing TAWR taught me to have the courage to face things I wouldn’t have before. My gut still flips and my brain still tries to ignore it, but I know that if I avoid these things, they will become problems. And problems left alone become ashes in your wake.
My one hope is that, besides enjoying the story, those who read TAWR will walk away with the courage to face whatever obstacle is casting a shadow on their life. To be a Dieon in a world of Adisa’s. To lean into their problem with bravery rather than run away.
Because on the other side of your problem is a stronger, more confident you. 🙂
Dieon used to lead his people. Now he must protect them from himself… and from the one who possessed him.
Echofall needs an izdihar, the bridge between realms, but every girl they take becomes a witch. In desperation they reclaim their original izdihar. The one who broke them. Adisa.
Abandoned by Echofall and stripped of the power she once had, the Queen of Witches rises. She lives to see Adisa burn. But Adisa’s soul is transferred into Dieon, and he has control of their shared body.
Dieon is desperate to free his clan from their curse. Adisa only wants to escape his pursuer. Their coexistence is becoming increasingly unstable. If they don’t find a way to separate their merging minds, neither of them will survive long enough to face—or outrun—the witch’s flames.
The contract has been signed.
Echofall claims you.
“Powerful epic fantasy… an excellent read that is worthy of a place on any fantasy fan’s shelves.” *Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review
About the author:
Just B. Jordan was born to live a thousand lives, but she’s only mortal, so she took to telling herself stories. One day she decided to give those worlds flesh and bone through paper and ink.
Her first novel, Never to Live, was originally published by Marcher Lord Press (now Enclave Publishing), and she has had multiple short stories published in magazines and ezines. For a behind the scenes look at her books, visit www.JustBJordan.com