Rage Against the Dying Light by Jan Surasky

Welcome to Author Jan Surasky

Jan Surasky has worked as a book reviewer, movie reviewer, and entertainment writer for a San Francisco daily newspaper. Her many articles and short stories have been published in national, regional and local magazines and newspapers. She has also taught writing at a literary center and a number of area colleges near her home in upstate New York.

She is a graduate of Cornell University and has studied English literature in the graduate department of the University of Rochester.

Her novel Rage Against the Dying Light has won the Eric Hoffer Award for commercial fiction. Her forthcoming novel is Back to Jerusalem.


What is the one book everyone should read?
The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago
Please tell us in one sentence only why we should read your book.
To take a journey in the shoes of a woman whose courage has echoed through the centuries.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
My novel Back to Jerusalem which is set along New York State’s southern tier in the 1970s will be published in 2013. I am working on a third novel.
What inspired you to become a writer?
I suppose all the beautiful books I have ever read.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have always wanted to be a writer.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Be true to yourself and your work.
What is your favorite quote?
“It is only with the heart one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”—Antoine de Saint-Exupery
What is your favorite food?
Which authors have influenced you the most?
All the authors of the many fairy tales I read as a child, Louisa May Alcott(“Little Women”), Frances Hodgson Burnett (“The Secret Garden”) , as an adult Thomas Hardy, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Winning the Eric Hoffer award for commercial fiction, the very nice reviews the book has received, and the very kind feedback I received from readers who took the time to let me know how much they enjoyed the book.
Favorite place you’ve been?
Key West.
What inspired your last book?
Reading of Boudicca’s courage despite the tragic elements of her life.
What is your favorite smell?
The scent of a rose garden.
What things inspire you?
The beauty of nature, the kindness of strangers, the beauty of love, a small child’s happiness, understanding someone without the aid of language.
What is your favorite ice cream?
Peanut butter.

Rage Against the Dying Light

Of all the woman warriors in myth and legend, few are more storied than Boudicca, the fierce redheaded queen who, in the first century A.C.E., led the most celebrated Celtic rebellion in history. Until now, books about her have been based on the only written records that exist—ancient Roman writings. But here, for the first time, Jan Surasky imagines Boudicca’s enthralling story of bravery and triumph from the Celtic perspective. In her extensively researched, vividly told novel, Boudicca bursts to life as never before in all her bold passion, brazen courage and heroic glory.
At first a carefree young princess who revels in friendships and the beauty of her land, Boudicca learns the ways and rites of her Druid tribe. She prepares for the day she will be queen, wife, and mother. Soon after her politically matched marriage to a much older king, however, her world turns dark. Roman invaders, intent on conquering the loosely allied Celts, break a pact that would have saved Boudicca s tribe from doom. Throughout the land, the legions wreak brutal havoc, taking slaves, publicly humiliating Boudicca and assaulting her two young daughters. Betrayed and outraged, Boudicca will not back down. She leads thousands of warriors into an epic battle to avenge her daughters and rid her beloved island of Roman tyranny.

Grand in scope and intimate in detail, Rage Against the Dying Light resonates with the queen s indomitable spirit. Thanks to Jan SuraskyÂ’s beautifully written novel, Boudicca takes her place alongside no lesser woman warrior than Joan of Arc herself.

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