Rachel Strayer Releases Fantasy, 'Falling Night and Rising Day'
"I have been writing small poetry pieces for years, but there was never a story I wanted to sustain. I woke up one morning and realized there was a story that I wanted to tell, and I could do nothing else until I had done so," author Rachel Strayer says. In her quest to be heard and be understood, Strayer holds on to a deck of tarot cards to ease expressing deep and personal pains, eventually creating relatable fantasies through her book "Falling Night and Rising Day."
Creativity and madness have always had a very tenuous relationship in the public mind. This is the journey of a mind that encounters madness and forges a path through it by way of shifting visions. Creating a safe mental path through the million anxieties of a day is something a lot of people could benefit from. A soul and a mind that needs to speak out and the sanity she needs to hold on to, Strayer uses her book as an outlet and an inspiration for everyone that has a difficulty of expressing themselves.
"Falling Night and Rising Day" however is not a clean linear story of someone wondering what is wrong with them and then marching along an outlined path towards recovery. Instead, this is a free-flowing, mind cutting book of thoughts through the clutter of the collective subconscious finding its own voice. Through this book readers will see that taking one's nightmares and creating fantasies from them is not unhealthy, but can rather be an adventure. The lone, echoing thoughts of this book bring lanterns to these shadows, and examine what weaknesses and lessons lay therein for the author and each person. Strayer therefore invites everyone to a journey of exploring the suicide drop of sanity in order to find the light of recovery.
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About the Author
Rachel Strayer is 23 years old, a long time writer of poetry, and has a bachelor's degree in psychology. Her favorite stories have always been modern tales embellished with fairy tale themes and the chaotic romances of Greek mythology. She has been working with her own tarot deck for eight years, but does not pretend to have any fortune telling powers, nor does she attribute much mysticism to the practice. She believes having a bigger picture to look at makes the immediate seem less intense. Having been diagnosed with and managing clinical depression for nearly three years after several of aimless struggle, she believes those with similar invisible illnesses need an environment where they can speak about the tumult inside their minds without being marginalized. She does not feel particularly stigmatized by her need for medication and occasional therapy, and believes that by starting a dialogue about these elements, American audiences may begin to relate to the dark side of our creator's minds.
FALLING NIGHT AND RISING DAY * by Rachel Strayer
Book of Swords
Publication Date: December 26, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 138 pages; 978-1-4931-5108-0
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