Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland – Guest Post

Welcome to author Tahlia Newland

Hi. I’m an author, avid reader, extremely casual high school teacher & occasional mask-maker. I write urban fantasy and magical realism for adults & young adults and like to challenge readers to look more closely at the nature of their world, their mind and their perception. After creating, scripting and performing in Visual Theatre shows for 20 years, I’m now a bone-fide expatriate of the performing arts. I live in an Australian rainforest, am married with a teenage daughter and love cats, but I don’t have one because they eat native birds.


Truth in fiction? Or, do they really grow rice in Tibet?

This guest post is by Tahlia Newland, author of the YA contemporary fantasy,  Lethal Inheritance and the acclaimed, You Can’t Shatter Me, a YA novel about inspiring and empowering ways to deal with bullying.

Some time ago, I read a fantasy novel—not sure what it was called now—where the main character ended up on a mountain in Tibet looking down over rice fields. She’d appeared there through some form of magic. That wasn’t a problem for me, but the rice in Tibet was. Why? Because they don’t grow rice in Tibet, they grow barley.
Why is that a problem, you might ask? It was fantasy, wasn’t it? Maybe you think it doesn’t matter, but since the character was supposed to actually be in Tibet, I figured that Tibet should be rendered truthfully. It looked like the author hadn’t bothered to do her homework, and that threw my trust in her out the window. After that, I viewed everything in the book with suspicion.
If you’re in a fantasy world, then it’s fine for the author to make it all up. So long as it all makes sense within the parameters of the world they’ve created it’s fine. But when a recognisably real place, being, philosophy or culture is portrayed in a novel, readers tend to automatically assume that it is truthfully rendered. If it’s not, then we might spend the rest of our life thinking that they grow rice in Tibet.
Like that’s a big deal! Okay, so maybe it’s not, but what say a Christian writer, writes a story with a Muslim character in it, or a Jew or a Buddhist, and since they don’t know much about the other religion, they just write their own ideas as if it’s actually the truth? I’d guess that they’d not only annoy anyone of the misrepresented religion but, worse, they would be responsible for propagating misunderstanding. It’s easy to read a novel and absorb what sounds like the truth as truth. I like to be able to trust that when I read about New York or any other real place, that it really is as it’s described.
I read another book with large passages about magic made from the essences of flowers. I hoped it was truthful to the principles of bark flower remedies, because if it was, then it was informative as well as entertaining. If it wasn’t, then it replaced my lack of knowledge on the subject with false knowledge, which is way worse than knowing nothing.
You see what I’m saying here?
In  Lethal Inheritance, Ariel, my main character, has to enter a hidden realm to rescue her mother from shadow demons. Unfortunately, the demons are hunting Ariel, they aim to kill and they feed on fear. How do you kill a demon that feeds on fear? You have to learn to deal with your fear first. The training Ariel goes through in  Lethal Inheritance is made up of genuine meditation instructions. In the book, it’s called mind training, not meditation, but every instruction her teacher gives her, is an actual meditation instruction, so you can learn from it. There’s truth in my fiction.
Do you like what’s portrayed as real in fiction to be truthful to reality? Have you read a novel where feel like you’ve learned something?

Lethal Inheritance

How do you kill a demon that feeds on fear? When shadow demons kidnap her mother, Ariel follows them into a hidden layer of reality, but her rescue mission goes awry when she discovers that the demons feed on fear, they’re hunting her and they’re aiming to kill. A quirky old guide teaches her how to locate and unleash her inner power, and while battling hallucinogenic mist, treacherous terrain, murderous earth spirits and self-doubt, she falls in love with Nick, a Warrior whose power is more than either of them can handle. Can she defeat the demons before they slay her and enslave her mother? Ariel’s journey challenges her perception, tests her awareness and takes her deep into her heart and mind to confront, and ultimately transcend, her fear and anger.

Run (Prequel)
Nick runs from the hidden realm of Diamond Peak to the ordinary world to try to forget his failed battle with Cogin, head of one of the Rasa demon clans. Will immersing himself in the distractions of our world exorcise the terrible memory, and will making a new life for himself away from the hidden realm free him from the attentions of the demons?
This urban fantasy short story is a prequel to ‘Lethal Inheritance’, a young adult contemporary fantasy novel from the same author.

Prequel Giveaway
Anyone who comments on this post will receive a free ebook of the prequel Run.
Be sure to leave a way for me to email it to you OR just leave a comment then send me an email requesting the prequel and I’ll send it to you if you prefer not to leave you contact info online.
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Ends 12/31/12