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April 7, 2017

Last year after finishing The Destruction of Silence, I wondered whether I’d ever have another book in me. “How can I ever push myself further than I did with that novel?” This question has been haunting me for months. The emotional drain of completing The Destruction of Silence hit me hard. I was separated from the characters of Thomas and Great Star for the first time in three years, and it hurt to the point where I broke down and wept. I started to think I could never possibly experience anything with that type of intensity again. I realized, however, my emotions were similar to the way I’d felt after finishing my other books.

But something was different with finishing The Destruction of Silence. The pain and redemption of the story made me nervous about ever wanting to commit to another work if the new work couldn’t produce the same emotional impact. Seven months after the book was released, I had nothing in mind. With the completion of my other books, I found myself immersed in a new project within a few months. But not until last week did the idea for my next novel arrive, and it feels as powerful as anything I’ve ever considered writing about. The root of a story is now planted in my heart, and it’s beginning to course through my blood. And so I’m compelled to undertake the next journey. What’s most interesting is this new idea has been living in my head for over twenty years. But it’s only now in the last week that I’m finally seeing it with clarity.

This next novel will take place in the antebellum south and will cover American slavery and the Civil War years and its aftermath. More specifically, it will deal with African Muslim slaves and the presence of Islam in America during the Civil War era. That’s all I know right now, but I will again be charting my progress with all of you over the next two, three, four, or however many years it takes to tell this story. And so I’m on the verge of the most challenging endeavor I’ve ever undertaken. Thoughts of fear and doubt are swirling, but mostly I’m driven by the need to tell this story, to relive the past. I have no choice. The story must be told. I can hear the great Irish poet Seamus Heaney echoing to me, “Get started, keep going, and get started again.” And so I’m on my way.

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February 6, 2017

So excited to announce that I have seven events set for February, March, and April. Having the opportunity to appear at such a variety of venues requires me to express my appreciation and gratitude to everyone who has invited me to speak and give presentations. It’s a writers dream to be able to talk about their work and share their ideas. Please visit the “Events & Appearances” tab here on my website for the complete list of all the places I’ll be at in the upcoming months.

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September 19, 2016

Take 30 seconds to watch the book trailer to my new novel, The Destruction of Silence:  https://animoto.com/play/25SjDnh1503vIfGYQt6wTg

Then order your copy in paperback or on Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1537079522

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September 16, 2016

My new novel The Destruction of Silence is now available on Amazon (trade paperback or Kindle) or anywhere books are sold. Many thanks to everyone for your continued interest and support.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1537079522

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July 11, 2016

The editing and revision of my new novel, The Destruction of Silence, is reaching the final stages. It’s at the point where I must decide when to let go. I recently finished rereading McCarthy’s Border Trilogy to keep pushing myself to perfect my craft. I’m now moving on to Toni Morrison and Micheal Ondaatje to help me finish up my final edits. Below is the most updated book “jacket” description of The Destruction of Silence due out in September. If you have a second, let me know how it sounds by leaving a message on any of my social media accounts. All the links are on the home page or contact option on the main menu.

In his most accomplished novel to date, Roger DeBlanck delivers an unforgettable contemporary story of a young Native American man on the road to recovery. Abuse and addiction have ruined Thomas Newsome’s youth, but he refuses to follow the wasted path of his father, Gilbert. After Thomas narrowly avoids tragedy, he vows to get clean and stay that way. Before he can bury his past and move on, he wants answers from his father for why he never changed. But then Gilbert falls ill and takes off on a road trip. With only a handful of clues from his Apache past, Thomas sets out on a journey to track down his father. Along the way, he meets an elderly Native American sage by the name of Great Star. While traveling with the old man deep into the heart of Apache country through Arizona, New Mexico, and across the border, Thomas’s search for his father becomes an odyssey of self-discovery and an excavation into the roots of his Mescalero ancestors and the truth of his family history. The native individuals he encounters and the enchanting places he visits will forever alter his perspective on life. In going from destruction to redemption, Thomas learns how the Apache spirit within him can lead towards a meaningful purpose in life. The Destruction of Silence is a heartfelt novel of remarkable beauty and compassion. It will sweep you up, carry you along, and leave you both bereft and ultimately uplifted.

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June 5, 2016

As the editing and revision moves steadily forward on my new novel, The Destruction of Silence, I’ve been rereading my favorite authors. Right now I’m once again embracing the greatness of Cormac McCarthy. Every time I read All the Pretty Horses, it’s more beautiful. This is the fourth time I’ve read the novel, and each rereading reinforces McCarthy’s brilliance. No one captures the mood and atmosphere of the borderland in quite the same vivid and breathtaking fashion as does McCarthy. Next up for me is the second book in his border trilogy, The Crossing. This will be the second time I’ve undertaken this portion of the trilogy and from what I remember, it’s a more ambitious tale of resilience and survival. Man’s connection to the landscape is essential in McCarthy’s work, and my new novel pursues similar themes. So there’s no better way to refine your craft than to return to McCarthy. My gratitude is immense for what he has taught me.

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May 23, 2016

The hard work of editing and revision continues in earnest on my forthcoming novel, The Destruction of Silence, due out this fall.

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April 4, 2016

Writing a novel is mostly hard work, dedication, and staying committed to your vision. But one of the toughest components is putting together the summary. Below is the most updated “book jacket” description of my new novel, The Destruction of Silence, due out in September.

In his most accomplished novel to date, Roger DeBlanck delivers an unforgettable contemporary story of a young Native American man on the road to recovery. Abuse and addiction have ruined Thomas Newsome’s youth, but he refuses to follow the wasted path of his father, Gilbert. After Thomas narrowly avoids tragedy, he vows to get clean and stay that way. Before he can bury his past and move on, he wants answers from his father for why he never changed. But then Gilbert falls ill and takes off on a road trip. With only a handful of clues from his Apache past, Thomas sets out on a journey to track down his father. Along the way, he meets an elderly Native American sage by the name of Great Star. While traveling with the old man deep into the heart of Apache country through Arizona, New Mexico, and across the border, Thomas’s search for his father becomes an odyssey of self-discovery and an excavation into the roots of his Mescalero ancestors and the truth of his family history. The native individuals he encounters and the enchanting places he visits will forever alter his perspective on life. In going from destruction to redemption, Thomas learns how the Apache spirit within him can lead towards a meaningful purpose in life. The Destruction of Silence is a heartfelt novel of remarkable beauty and compassion. It will sweep you up, carry you along, and leave you both bereft and ultimately uplifted.

Roger  8 – )

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March 21, 2016

I have a completed draft of my next novel, The Destruction of Silence. This one is for my nephew. May you find your way. I plan to start going through the manuscript this week and begin the arduous next step of revision and editing. My goal is to have the book out by fall/winter. We’ll see how fast the process goes.

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February 29, 2016

After a marathon day of writing, I’m very close to finishing the draft of my new novel The Destruction of Silence. The end of Thomas Newsome’s journey to recovery makes me proud of his character. Although I’m close, there’s still a tremendous amount of work to do. Each day brings me closer, but several more weeks are needed until it’s done. Then the next stage of proofing-editing-revising begins.

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February 19, 2016

It’s all coming together. My new novel The Destruction of Silence has reached its final stretch to completion. I hope to have a draft in the next thirty days. It pulls at my heartstrings to see the characters reach the end of their spiritual journey.

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January 19, 2016

I’m feeling exhausted after a full day of writing on my next novel, The Destruction of Silence, but that’s exactly the way I want to feel. I’m enamored with the story of the main character’s journey and who he meets up with. He is a Native American with an Apache Mescalero heritage. The abuse he suffers in his youth and his substance addiction require him to go on road trip in pursuit of answers to his past. I’m working as hard as I can on the book. I’m now at the 50,000 word mark. Trying to anticipate the length of a book is tricky. It looks as though the 75,000 – 85,000 word range is what this story will need, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it surpasses 90,000 words or more. At the pace I’ve been working, that may mean I can reach the end of the narrative sometime in May or possibly as early as March. How the story plays out will dictate how long the book is and the time frame in which it can be finished.

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January 12, 2016

As a librarian and a writer, I’m always scouting for what to read next. I regularly have a list of titles in my head and a stack of books on my desk. But when I’m immersed in a project, as I am now with my third novel, I often feel the compulsion to return to the work of my favorite writers. Recently I tweeted about when you’re unsure of what to read next, go back to Steinbeck. And I meant it. That’s exactly what I did late last year. It was one of the rare times where I didn’t have a next book ready to go, so I started rereading Travels with Charley. It’s such an enchanting book. But most of all it is Steinbeck’s great compassion and humanity as a writer that makes me see why I revere him so much. This is true of many others: Morrison, Ondaatje, McCarthy, and the list goes on. I need their work. It is essential to the progress of my own work.

As I continue the journey with my new novel, I’m reaching that point where I’m feeling the need to return more often to my masters, allowing them to guide me to the end of my narrative. Right now, Anthony Doerr has become a writer who is indispensable to me. Rarely do I finish a book and immediately start rereading it again, even if I know I will reread it many times in the years ahead. However, last week I completed Doerr’s memoir, Four Seasons in Rome, and I knew I must immediately start it again. Its descriptions are breathtaking. His writing is lush, beautiful, empowering, and inspiring. He is most definitely one of those gifted writers who you must follow. Doerr makes me a better writer, and he has proven to me once again why I must go back to my masters when deciding what to read next. I can hardly wait to reread Morrison’s Beloved, Ondaatje’s The English Patient, and McCarthy’s The Border Trilogy.

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January 7, 2016

Adele’s new album 25 has been a source of inspiration as I continue with my next novel. The lead track “Hello” is a glorious song. It is the powerhouse on a record that delves at the core of love, loss, pain, sorrow, compassion, and forgiveness. 25 is a somber record, but Adele explores her emotions and handles her content with great dignity and grace. She is honest, humble, vulnerable, and ultimately hopeful. I can only keep working as hard as I know artists such as Adele do to reach the heartfelt essence of their subject matter, a point we’re all striving to capture and convey.

The challenge for writers is that language can feel like an obstacle. How do we take the words we use every day in speech, communication, and interaction and make that language beautiful, unique, and original in our literary endeavors? I believe language becomes literature when we’re striving to create emotional impact. Music is the higher language. Music achieves pure emotion, which becomes the elevation of language. That is why when I’m writing I rely heavily on listening to my favorite musical artists as much as I do on reading and rereading the authors I admire. It’s a commitment to immersing myself in the creative process. Music helps me focus on the emotional bearing and mood I’m seeking to create with the reader.

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January 5, 2016

When you’re a writer, you’re always planning, developing, plotting, assessing. In other words, you’re always thinking about the current chapter, the next scene, an image, a description, a sequence of dialogue. Your investment never wavers, and that’s exactly how you want it. You want your heart to be racing, your mind whirring, as you seek out answers and truths to be depicted, conveyed, illuminated, perfected, and idealized in your story. Anything can be inspirational and motivational. For me, it is both the everyday world around me that might offer the spark I need, or it is often other art that serves as the stimulus. That’s why I’m always reading, listening to music, and watching movies that I believe will assist me with the cultivation of my ideas. And it works every time. Currently, I’m reading Anthony Doerr’s non-fiction Four Season in Rome. Few writers exhibit the type of command he has of language to express his vision with such beauty and grace. He is a writer to revere. I’ve read most of his fiction, and I now include his Pulitzer-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, among my all-time favorite books. He inspires and pushes me to keep working hard. Once I’m locked in, hard work becomes my muse.

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January 4, 2016

I’ve started a blog on Goodreads. The focus of my postings will be on reading selections, insight to the writing process, and other reflections on the endeavors of creativity. Friend me on Goodreads and follow the blog if you can.  Take a look:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5377024.Roger_DeBlanck/blog

My plan is also to have some of the postings available here on my website under this “News” menu tab. Thanks for dropping by.

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December 31, 2015

Having surpassed 41,000 words here at year’s end, I’m much further along than I’d anticipated with my next novel, The Destruction of Silence. At this point in the long process, the story most definitely has attained its own life, a reality in which I am now bearing witness to all that transpires. It’s amazing to see how events develop and play out and how the characters respond to what they are experiencing and the challenges that cross their paths. I feel as though I’m merely along for the journey, which is exactly the way you want your story to feel. My hopes are to finish the book in 2016 and have it ready to share with all of you. Once again, allow me to express my gratitude to everyone who has shown such tremendous interest in the progress of this new book.

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December 7, 2015

I’m now through 11 chapters with my next novel. As the story takes its course, it’s become more clear and evident that the main character must learn to forgive or his journey will be meaningless. He is in pursuit of his heritage, searching for clues to his ancestry and his past. I believe he will discover that his heart is capable of much more compassion than he could ever have imagined. This is why I write: to learn from people who are dealing with pain, suffering, grief and sorrow; and hopefully to see how they will find a way to do what is right.

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October 26, 2015

I’m nearly at 25,000 words with The Destruction of Silence. What an endeavor this story and these characters are becoming. They keep me working hard, which is the only way I know how to make the muse possible. The pace I’m working at is slow because I’m learning so much from the adversity these characters are facing and enduring. I must admit that one of the characters is quickly becoming someone I love more than any other I’ve ever created. This is by far my best work to date, just as it should be.

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July 20, 2015

I’ve reached the 10,000 word mark with my next novel, The Destruction of Silence. This is the most challenging novel I’ve ever undertaken. These characters and their plight will take some time to figure out, but each week inches me forward. I want to believe by the end of next year, the story may be showing me its final chapters. But that is not for me to determine. The characters and their journey will let me know when they’ve found what they’re looking for. All I can do is stay committed to the hard work and stay true to the vision of this project.

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June 22, 2015

I’m pleased to announce that I have two upcoming events, one this summer and one in the fall. On August 15, I’ll be at the Books Or Books independent bookstore with a handful of local Vegas writers as part of a charity event, where a portion of everyone’s book sales will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. And on Nov. 22, I have the opportunity to be the feature writer as part of the Desert Author Series at the Sahara West Library. This is a tremendous honor, and I’m humbled to join the list of regional writers who have been invited to Sahara West to speak about literature and their writing life. Check my “Appearances” tab here on my website for more information on the events.

Other exciting news pertains to the writing I’ve been doing for my next novel, The Destruction of Silence. Even before finishing my collection of poems, Empire of Mind, in Nov. of 2014, I had begun thinking about and researching for the new novel. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that I began raking through all my notes and ideas and began developing a coherent approach on how to handle all the pages that have accumulated over the last year in preparation for this story. Now I’m happy to report that the beginning chapters have been drafted, and I have a clear path for the story to take me forward. The novel chronicles the life of a Native American character who suffers from a traumatic childhood of abuse and then drug addiction. He eventually goes on a journey to discover his heritage and overcome his past. As the story progresses, I’ll try to post updates. Thanks for dropping by and for all the support.

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March 29, 2015

Thank you! Thank you! Many thanks are due, indeed, to everyone for helping me sell out of books during my last two events: the Spring Book Fair at Clark County Library on March 14 and the Author Showcase at Paseo Verde Library on March 28. Also, another huge round of my gratitude goes out to every single one of you for your continued kindness and generosity in supporting my work. My humility is real and my appreciation is sincere.

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November 11, 2014

My new book, Empire of the Mind, has been released. At 120 pages, it is a collection of my selected poems written over the last twenty-five years. Check the Amazon link on the home page. The Kindle version is $.99 and the paperback is $6.00. Both versions should be active for purchasing within the next 24 hours. Within a few weeks, the book will also be available anywhere books are sold.

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November 1, 2014

My new book, Empire of the Mind, is a collection of my selected poems. It will be released in the next two weeks. I’m conducting my last stage of fierce editing. This book has been a perfect transition project as I gear up to begin work on my next novel sometime early next year.

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May 4, 2014

The poems that will comprise my new book, Empire of the Mind, have been selected. The collection is set for a November of 2014 release date. Until that time, I’m continuing to edit and refine the poems to ensure they strive for the highest standard of literary excellence. It’s not until I’ve surrounded myself with a fortress of drafts that I can begin to feel my work is close to completion. I’m certainly working in that direction, towards that degree of satisfaction.

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February 21, 2014

Take 30 seconds and click on the links below to watch the new book trailers for each of my novels:

The Sky Buries All Sorrow

The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy

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December 1, 2013

My new novel, The Sky Buries All Sorrow, is now available either in paperback or on Kindle at Amazon. The book is also available through Barnes & Noble or anywhere books are sold.

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