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Susanna Kearsley
Writer. Dreamer. Traveller. Mom.
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Susanna here, and this month's Ask A Wench question actually comes from me, because I'm curious. One of the hazards of writing the way I like best, without using an outline, is that I can sometimes have characters wander right into a story without any warning, like an unexpected house guest, leaving me to wonder who they are and what they're doing. My first was Mrs. Hutherson in Mariana, an unassuming older woman who turned up with a plate of baked goods to welcome my heroine to the village and when, having decided I already had enough baked-goods-delivering villagers, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Word Wenches
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I'm going to have to whisper this so no one yells at me, but.... I've never read Jayne Ann Krentz, either. Which one should I start with?
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Linda, my sister was an expert horsewoman and despite my own allergy to hay I was able to watch her ride and care for her horses for most of her life. A useful thing for a writer, and it helps me feel her with me now, more than ten years after losing her, whenever I put a riding or a stable scene in one of my books.
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Annette, yes, exactly this. I think a world seems oddly empty if it's lacking animals :-)
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Linda, I'm also fond of birds. Ducks and swans seem to find their way into my stories, as well :-) I've spent many happy hours watching both.
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Teresa, Irish Wolfhounds are so lovely, though. I met my first one when I was a teenager and, since I'm only five feet high, the dog's head and mine were at the same level :-) Such beautiful animals. (Though I can imagine your cat doesn't share my admiration...)
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Stephanie, I can appreciate the Great Dane knowing who the bad guy was. Dogs ALWAYS know these things--even fictional dogs. When I was writing The Shadowy Horses I thought I'd figured out who the bad guy was, but the dog (Kip) insisted on liking him, so I eventually realized I was wrong--he wasn't the bad guy at all :-)
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Mary, that IS the most wonderful opening line! I've added the book to my reading list. Thanks for recommending it.
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Sue, I share your allergy problem :-) I've always been allergic to every pet but goldfish, although poodles seem to go easy on me. I don't know the hen's name, either. Maybe someone else will remind us.
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Yes, THIS. Exactly: "The animal quickly lets me know who I like, and who I don't care about so much." You said it perfectly.
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Mary Jo, yes, many of the pets who wander into my stories do have real-life counterparts :-) I also think it would be strange to have a book with no animals in it anywhere, since in my own circle of family and friends there are SO many animals that a novel without them would seem unrealistic.
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Sidney, that's too funny! What a cute plot point.
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Mary, I'm ashamed to admit I've never read anything by Barbara Metzger, but it sounds as though I ought to fix that. I'll add A Loyal Companion to my TBR pile. Thanks!
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Susanna here, writing more slowly this morning because of the dog on my lap. Stella is a recent addition to our family, filling the hole in my writing room left by the passing of Samson five years ago, and after being with us only a couple of months she’s already fallen in with our routine and made herself at home. Which got me thinking that, in all the books I’ve written, there are pets. My characters are always sharing scenes with cats or favourite horses or a bird, and more often than not you’ll find a dog that features somewhere... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Janga, that's just lovely--both the McCullers grouping, with its story, and the connection you have to your kindred spirit in the too-big hat. Thanks for sharing.
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Jeanette, that sounds like a great collection :-)And I love the Normal Rockwell "you".
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Andrea, what a beautiful store of memories to have. And how lucky to have had such a talented mother!
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Teresa, I think the connection between a work of art and a person is a uniquely special thing, and quite wonderful when it happens. (And I'm sorry the past couple of years have been difficult for you--here's hoping the next few will be better)
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He was Very Determined, I think, to come "home".
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Annette, smiling is everything. And lobby cards are terrific things to collect. I have a few old ones myself, and they always make me happy when I get them out to look at them. One day I'll get around to having them framed so I can hang them on the wall.
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Stephanie, yes, he was certainly meant to be part of my life. He's a link to some wonderful memories. And I know what you mean about landscapes--I love those, as well.
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He was certainly handsome!
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Mary, how lovely. How long has she been your gatekeeper for?
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Sue, you'll have to keep your eyes open--maybe your Ancestor will make a return, like my Fisherman did :-)
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Mary, I didn't know it was Prince Octavius either. That's why I love this blog and our community here :-)
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