Roxanne Smolen was born in Detroit, the eldest daughter of five children. She learned to read at an early age and read voraciously, be it classic novels, comic books, or cereal boxes. As a child, her summers were spent on her aunt’s farm, a devout woman who encouraged her to read the Bible. Smolen became obsessed with Revelation and the apocalypse. She turned to science in an attempt to explain the phenomenon. Along the way, she discovered science fiction. She was drawn to stories about the end of the world but soon branched off to outer space and a limitless future. She decided to become an astronaut. But reality intervened. She married right out of high school and started a family. When her children were school-aged, she enrolled in Wayne State University, intent on becoming a scientist. However, she took a course in creative writing, and it became her passion. She decided if she couldn’t visit the stars in person, she would do it page by page. Yet again, life took another turn. Smolen was diagnosed with a genetic eye disease and lost her vision. Her husband gave her one year to mope and feel sorry for herself. Then he sent her to a local Lighthouse of the Blind to learn how to use a computer without looking. She has since written eight novels in the science fiction realm, ranging from sci fi romance to horror. Her underlying themes are always the same. Believe in yourself and never give up.
“A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)” by George R.R. Martin (1996)
Roxanne finished reading this book on Aug 5, 2011.
Description: 'From a master of contemporary fantasy comes a novel of imaginative power unlike any you've ever encountered...
In A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the... more »
“I'm a little late to this party. I didn't read the book until I saw the HBO series. The book was just as impressive--rich in detail with marvelous characters. I can't say more than you should read it, although if you love the genre you probably already have. I will say this about the TV... more »