I have taken over this blog today because my dear friend and fellow RR Wife, Miss Kimmy, is helping me spread the word about my book. We belong to a sisterhood few understand, but has brought us very close despite having never met.
Being a railroad wife, like Kimberley and me, is like being a superwoman with an invisible cape. For as many perks, there are extra responsibilities bestowed upon the brave soul who marries this lifestyle. Okay, we married our husbands, but the RR comes with a ton of baggage.
One thing I can say most RR wives have in common, we have a ton of hobbies. Miss Kimmy loves to travel, explore, and learn about new places. She also homeschools her grandson.
Personally, I work outside the home, go to school full time, juggle multiple babysitters for my two kiddos (kinder and preschool), I love DIY projects, and I write books. For other wives, it’s a different list but the reasons are all the same: we have to stay busy lest we worry. The railroad is dangerous. Just last month two of our sisters became widows. Not the kind we joke about because our husbands are never home. But their husbands never will come home. It is a reality we hate to think about, but we do every time we kiss them goodbye or get the text I just got called. I never fail to say, “I love you. Be safe.” Like reminding him will wake him up just in time to catch something bad from happening.
I wrote a book about a railroad wife who never asked to be the world’s savior. When the crap hits the fan, all she wants to do is make sure her baby is safe and find her railroader. It is already near impossible to contact a RR on duty, much less during a worldwide disaster, but the RR wife would figure it out. She would walk 100 miles of track to make sure that man was safe, if for no other reason than to make sure he did what she told him to do. Though she works independently throughout her daily routines, her heart still belongs to that man on the rail. We don’t stop being wives when they turn off their phones. Nope. We count down the hours and meddle by the window when he tells us he has tied up and is on his way home, so we can see him pull in.
Apparent Power has all the action readers loved about Divergent, but the heroine is a mother instead of a teenage girl. The main character, Valerie Russell, is someone adults can relate to and believe could actually save the world in real life. I was an idiot when I was a teenager. Hunger Games and Divergent were exciting books, but there was no way I could have saved the world at 18.
A Mom. Now there is a resourceful person. A mom could fashion a baby carrier out of an old sweatshirt and a hairband. A mom can figure out how to trudge through a shopping mall with more kids than she has hands and not only come out with everything on her list but with all the children she went in with. Mix all that with the struggles of a railroad wife and that is the kind of main character I can root for. So I wrote it.
Dacia M Arnold is an award-winning American novelist, freelance writer, mother, medical professional, and a ten-year Army Veteran. She is the author of Apparent Power, Reactance and Shifting Power, plus short fiction in the international anthology COLP: The Passage of Time. As a freelance writer, Dacia contributes monthly to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s blog where she shares her relatively short experience in the literary world.
Dacia spent fifteen months working in Baghdad Emergency room with the 86th Combat Support Hospital. During her second deployment, then Sergeant Arnold managed the busiest outpatient clinic in southern Iraq.
Now, as a mother of two, Dacia incorporates her experiences in all aspects of her life into her writing.
Just in time for Christmas, the perfect gift for the book-loving person in your life (maybe that’s yourself). Apparent Power has been critically linked to Hollywood blockbusters like Divergent and Annihilation by Kirkus Reviews and is available for sale December 11th through all major book retailers including Amazon.