Welcome Author Roseanne Sittler
I’ve been writing novels on and off since 1985, and recently decided that it’s time for the rest of the world to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I specialize in Science Fiction/Fantasy novels.
I’ve written 3 series novels in that time, and am currently working on getting them ready for publishing. I am currently editing the Prince of Malledore series, starting with the first novel in the series, Yeoman of Chaos. The story continues in The New Modrain. A sequel to Modrain is in the works. I also have a trilogy, The Queen of Heaven, which begins with Knight’s Errand, followed by the eponymous Queen of Heaven. The story concludes with Queen to Knight’s Level. There are several more books planned in this series, however.
The other series I’m working on is set in an alternate universe future where Earth’s sun has gone nova. It begins with This Mortal Coil. The second novel in the series is entitled Those Ills We Have.
1.What is your mental health issue?
2. How long have you been writing fiction? Tell us about your career so far.
3. How long have you been writing fiction? Tell us about your career so far.
Having bipolar disorder has been a mixed blessing. On the one hand I can sit and write for 36 hours straight when the work is really pouring out. This can be great in terms of productivity. It isn’t very good for me, though, it tends to provoke the Fibromyalgia.
4. How has mental ill health helped your writing?
On the other hand, BP can make me sit for hours and not be able to get a single thought down on paper. At times like that I usually can concentrate enough to edit what I’ve written so far.
Seasonal Affective Disorder has been more of a challenge. I don’t get very much writing done between October and April, unless I really am getting good copy. Writing helps me not mind the SAD so much.
When I’m writing I can sort of ignore the Winter season, though it is harder to write then. When the FM acts up, I get very tired and have brain fog and can’t string words together to make sentences very well. I take a medication to keep it at bay, and I can tell if I’ve missed a dose by the amount of fatigue and confusion that ensues.
5. How has it not?
There’s always payback afterwards and I often find that I get writer’s block with the depression that inevitably follows a high. The block can last for weeks, months or even years. The anxiety that goes with the depression drains my confidence which makes me feel like I’m not going to be able to write anything good so there’s no point even trying.
Also there’s that terrible realisation when you thought you’d written the best song in the world at three o’clock in the morning and you wake up in the cold light of day to discover that it’s nothing special. I can have whole weeks where I think I’m writing great stuff but actually it’s not great at all, it’s mediocre at best. That’s very hard to face when I come back down to earth.
6. What advice do you have for other writers with mental health issues.
Try to work with the illness when you can. It’s hard to ignore some things, but I find if I focus my concentration on writing it helps combat the ill effects. There are times when I can write for hours at a time, the novel is just flowing through me like a swift river and I’m trying to capture it in words. Even with the medications my BP cycles a bit. When I am up, I try to channel that energy into getting words on paper. When I am low, I try to focus on critique and editing. That negative energy helps me fine-tune what I am writing.
Don’t ever give up and quit.
Just remember that no matter how low you get or how much your illness takes you down, this too will pass. There will be light on the other side of the temporary obstacle that your situation causes you. When you have bad days remember that they will pass.
View all obstructions as temporary.
Keep writing or working on your projects even when you are down. It gives stability to my life. I try to sit down every day and write something, even if it is only an email. Some days, especially in Winter, that is all I get done, but I keep typing.
Keep an ear to the ground for editors and publishers who are accepting submissions in your genre. You never know when one will turn up.
In a universe where psychic powers are yesterday’s news, Doug, a well-intentioned young man, is about to embark on his fateful first adventure as a freshly forged Crystal Matrix Knight. A portentous encounter with Prince Rangar, an insectoid alien and bounty hunter leaves Doug pitted squarely against the High Council, to which every Knight swears an oath of loyalty. In order to pay back a life-debt, Doug resolves to free Rangar from the clutches of the Council and return him to his home planet for essential medical care.
Racing against time, Doug attempts to keep the dying insectoid alive long enough to return him to his people. Doug’s intervention wreaks havoc on the Council’s plans and spurs a galactic cold war. Labeled a Rogue Knight, Doug, the long-prophesied Yeoman of Chaos, must convince the Council they have been mistaken about Rangar’s arrest—or face execution for treason.
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