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Rocky Callen Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Breath Too Late (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crashing into You (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Ab Normal: Short Stories That Smash Mental Health Stereotypes(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Rocky Callen is a published author of fiction.

She is the daughter of a parent who immigrated to the United States from Ecuador. Rocky has been serving others for quite some time. At the age of twelve years old, she was an intern at NASA. When she was thirteen years old, she served as an advocate when it came to undocumented immigrants that were living in her community. Also at thirteen, she began to lobby Congress.

At the age of fourteen years old, she was writing and producing student stories for the radio at the public station, National Public Radio. For over a decade, she worked as a behavioral therapist. She also attended the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she received her MFA upon graduating.

Callen is married and lives with her family, which includes her husband and children, just outside the area of Washington, D.C. She is also the founder of the Bleed Ink Foundation. This is a creative resource center designed to be accessed by writers. She is also a founder of the HoldOn2Hope Project, the goal of which is to bring together creative people when it comes to preventing suicide as well as raising mental health awareness.

Rocky Callen’s debut fictional novel was published in 2020 and is titled A Breath Too Late. This is a contemporary young adult novel that is engaging on every level and offers inspirational messages of hope to those struggling with darker moments in their life.

It won praise from a variety of people. Alison McGhee, best selling writer, called the book a ‘love letter’ to those with broken hearts. Award-winning author Jeff Zentner called the book a ‘love song’ to life itself and all that comes with it, from its hurts to its loves. An Na, another award-winning author and a finalist for the National Book Award, praised the ‘haunting’ story as having points ‘of hope and light’ and called the story important and necessary.

If you are a fan of books like Girl, Interrupted, Speak, If I Stay, and All the Bright Places, be sure to check out this inspiring book to find out what it can mean to you. In this story, readers meet the main character of Ellie for the first time.

Ellie is just seventeen years old, and having a tough time in her life. One day she runs out of hope and sees no other alternative but to take her own life. But it turns out that things are just getting started.

It is the day after that she has chosen suicide and died. But Ellie, far from being banished to nothing or a punishment laced reality for her actions, finds that she is instead in the middle of having some sort of strange out of body type experience. Ellie has become some kind of spectator and is stuck between the current moment and the past.

As such, she is going over the events in her life that had come to pass before she died. Even though she’s trying to review her life, she finds that to her surprise there are holes in her memory. Ellie wants nothing more than to make these fractured memories whole and figure out what’s going on.

She remembers her mother, a woman that just wanted to be independent and free instead of being trapped in a cage. There was a silly boy that was able to bring color into the world thanks to his brushstrokes. Then there’s her father, known for his brooding and who goes through life with a type of sadness always attached to him.

Ellie wants nothing more than clarity, and that means discovering that why when she killed herself a part of her got left behind. Can she get to the bottom of this mystery? What happens if she is able to find those pieces– can she move on to an afterlife or will she continue to be stuck on Earth forever as an observer?

This book follows the moments, the good and the bad, that comprise Ellie’s life and the different energies of optimism and negativity. Find out what happens by picking up a copy of A Breath Too Late and reading to the end!

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