Stardust, Always, a charity anthology and tribute to David Bowie and Alan Rickman, was released June 5th. All proceeds of this anthology will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. To celebrate it’s release, we have been sharing some of its contributors’ responses to a few short questions every day this week.
MAYRA PÉREZ GONZÁLEZ: Why did you choose to participate?
LAURA ROBERTS: David Bowie’s death hit my husband and me quite hard. He was one of those idols you somehow thought was immortal. And he’s written so many fantastic songs throughout the years that you almost can’t help but fall in love with one incarnation or another. And then Alan Rickman, one of my favorite screen villains, lost the same battle at the same age, in a kind of one-two punch. It just struck me as so senseless, so awful, so heartbreaking. So when I saw there was going to be a tribute to the two of them, I was excited to contribute. It’s so hard to let your heroes go, especially to something as terrible as cancer. And yet it happens every day. Someone once told me that we’ll all die of cancer, unless something else gets us first. I think that’s a horrible fate, and I hope that by contributing to this anthology, we can help support the research that will ultimately provide a cure.
PÉREZ: Describe your experience contributing to “Stardust, Always.”
ROBERTS: Contributing to this anthology has been a great experience! I’ve met a lot of interesting people, all of whom loved David Bowie and Alan Rickman, and who are all equally committed to helping find a cure for cancer by contributing our time and talents.
PÉREZ: What influence has David Bowie or Alan Rickman had in your life?
ROBERTS: It’s interesting, as I view their public personas as kind of yin and yang. Bowie often provided the light in the darkness with his music, and Rickman portrayed the darkness in each of our souls with his villains. Yet they each flipped from one to the other as well: Rickman portrayed an angel as the voice of God in “Dogma,” and Bowie could just as easily sing about death as life. They’ve both given me plenty of inspiration and joy in their own realms, providing the soundtrack to many of the events in my life, and portraying memorable characters in films I’ve enjoyed. Bowie’s role as the Goblin King in “Labyrinth” has always been a favorite of mine, as a child of the 80s, and his willingness to continually push boundaries with his artistic choices is something I’ve always admired. Rickman’s voice was, truly, an apt portrayal for the voice of God; in my mind, he’s always been a powerful force, an iconic villain whether in “Die Hard” or “Robin Hood: King of Thieves,” but one of my favorite of his roles was that of Marvin, the paranoid android from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Both Bowie and Rickman were artists whose work I enjoyed and admired throughout my life, and who have left quite a hole in my heart now that they’re gone.
Stardust, Always is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook formats.