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Susanna Kearsley
Writer. Dreamer. Traveller. Mom.
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Grace, there are three flats in Gladstone's Land. I highly recommend it!
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Karin, I'm with you on the room service part. Self catering is nice, but so is a person delivering food when you ask for it :-)
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2017 on Edinburgh Interlude at Word Wenches
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Thank you, Patti. I love windows. I love imagining who looked through them before me.
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Thanks, Annette. It definitely made being "locked in my room" a rare treat!
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You would have LOVED this place. And I think it's impossible to take a bad photograph in Gladstone's Land. Every corner is amazing.
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Sue, I hope you get a chance to go back to the Shambles! It sounds like a Very Good Excuse for making a second visit to York.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2017 on Edinburgh Interlude at Word Wenches
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Mary Jo, I will gladly share my Edinburgh hidey-hole with you :-) OR join you and Anne in Australia (although, I dunno--I've seen some of the insects and snakes they have down there...)
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2017 on Edinburgh Interlude at Word Wenches
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I've just finished correcting the first round of copy edits for my newest novel. There will be a second round, from my American publishers, in a few weeks, and then proofs to correct, from BOTH publishers, but for this weekend I'm putting my feet up and taking it easy. So, instead of posting something entertaining or profound, I thought I'd share with you some snapshots from my trip last month to Edinburgh, where I actually finished writing this new book, while doing on-site research for the next. This was where I stayed: in a little flat at Gladstone's Land, the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Word Wenches
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I had another topic in mind to write about today, but in all honesty nothing seemed as important as the fact that, earlier this week, we lost Miranda Neville. I’m fairly sure we never met in person, though I’m equally as sure our paths crossed several times at conferences, and we followed each other on Twitter. For writers like me, who spend most of the day all alone in a room, Twitter’s the equivalent of the old office water cooler, where we meet and mingle with our colleagues, share a grumble or a laugh, and get to know each other.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, emerging briefly from the Depths of Deadline Hell with dancing on my mind. Given that I’ve been working for a couple of days now on two scenes, in present and past, where my characters are dancing, it’s occurred to me that, a) I write a lot of scenes, it seems, in which my characters are dancing; and, b) I have a lot of favourite scenes in other writers’ books, in which their characters are dancing. And I’m wondering if it’s something that’s just personal to me, or if it’s generally a thing we do as writers, and enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Word Wenches
Janga, I haven't read Elswyth Thane yet, though I've meant to for a long time (ever since finding out she was one of the favourite authors of one of MY favourite authors, Jan Cox Speas). I have her Tryst in my TBR pile, and it looks to be right up my alley. I just have to wait till I'm finished this current book...
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2017 on Footsteps at Word Wenches
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Mary, that would be a lovely trip to take. I do hope you get a chance to go.
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Your holiday at Rye Harbour sounds wonderful, for both of you (I'll have to look up that acoustic mirror next time I'm in the vicinity--I'm fascinated by things like that). And Corfu, you might be interested to know, is also on the Mary Stewart-lovers' tour map. Her book This Rough Magic is set there, and the landscape and its legends are woven beautifully into the story. My mother was reading that book while pregnant with me, and it's long been a favourite of mine, so much as I loved My Family and Other Animals, if I went to Corfu I'd be seeing it through Mary Stewart's eyes :-) Thanks for your kind words, too. The Shadowy Horses is set just north of Northumberland, across the border in Eyemouth, Scotland. Beautiful part of the country to visit, with lots of good rambling paths.
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Anne, the gods probably took your "cooeee" for a war-cry, and answered in kind :-) Very neat to think you and I were standing on the same spot, though. You know how much I love all these connections. And I'll happily join you on that Madam Will You Talk trip (though I might spend all my time waiting for Richard at the Chateau d'If pier...)
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Every now and then a reader writes to tell me that they’ve gone on vacation to one of the settings I’ve used in my books, and have sat where my characters sat or have walked on the same path, and I’m always amazed and incredibly flattered that someone would go to the trouble of doing that. Not that I don’t understand. In the spring of 2007, I took a research trip to Greece, for the half-finished sequel to Every Secret Thing (which was coming along fine until the idea for The Winter Sea took over, and since then it’s been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Word Wenches
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The Blue Castle is my favourite Montgomery book (followed closely by Anne of Green Gables and Rilla of Ingleside). I adore Valancy. And it's set in an area not far from where I live, so I can picture the lake and the cabin just perfectly.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2017 on What We're Reading in August at Word Wenches
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Hope you enjoy Stardust. And yes, I'm very happy to be nearing the end of the current manuscript--it feels like I've been writing it FOREVER :-)
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“Woman Reading and a Girl Playing” by Francois Guérin, 1748 (public domain image) Susanna here, forced to admit that I haven’t been doing much reading these past few months. My new book is due to my editors in a few weeks so I haven’t had much time for anything else. But I did get to spent a few days with my nephews and brother-in-law at our cottage—an annual family tradition and one of those times I look forward to every year—and when I let the boys pick out a movie to watch, they chose Stardust. I love, love this film... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Isn't it the truth? Every book is such a different animal. In THAT respect, I think, books are like children--just when you think you've figured out what you're doing, the next one comes along and proves you know nothing at all :-)
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2017 on Ideas at Word Wenches
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I know a lot of writers give one-liner answers to the question because it IS a tricky question to answer, but I also know readers wouldn't ask it unless they genuinely wanted to know, so I've tried to give a more in-depth answer. Thanks for your kind words about the books. Glad you enjoy them.
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Thanks, Stephanie. The people in the footnotes of the history books have always been my favourites :-)
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It's a truth, not unrelated to this topic, that a post here often grows out of a prior post and the ensuing comment thread. A case in point: Last time, I talked about Craftsmanship, and in the comments Quantum said, "It seems to me that generating ideas for new plots is even more important…Can you comment on how ideas for new novels are generated. Do you have to work at it or do the ideas just float into your mind from the aether?" And since that seemed to be a topic too involved for me to give a good reply... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Or that they're a time-traveller :-)
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2017 on Craftsmanship and Comfort Zones at Word Wenches
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Quantum, what a marvellous idea for another post! If you can bear with me till my next time up at bat here, I will try to take that one for you, because it's a great question. As for mastery of technique, I have to say I'm always learning something new, no matter how "established" I may have become. Technique is not a cup that can be filled, in my opinion. One of the things that happens when you're a writer is, the longer you're at it, the less you're able to get lost yourself in the books of another, because you become more aware of the craftsmanship. If I find myself jumping at a scary scene, for example, I start flipping pages back, asking myself, "How did they DO that?", and examining the subtle structure of the scene instead of just going along with it :-) And then in my next book, when I want to add more suspense to my own scenes, I try my own twist on that same technique. That's what I mean about craft. You keep learning and trying and finding your own way to use the tools. It never ends (or at least, in my case, it hasn't ended yet). But I do really like your other point, and I will try to answer it in my next post.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2017 on Craftsmanship and Comfort Zones at Word Wenches
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Shelagh, I'm SO glad you've found your happy place as a writer :-) It may change a little as you go on, because as you've rightly pointed out, we all grow in our journeys. Age has a lot to do with it, I think, and experience. There are stories and scenes I could never have written as a younger woman (and stories I tackled in my braver youth that I probably wouldn't have the nerve to attempt now--back then I just rushed in headlong and analyzed later :-) Our writing is so much a part of US--who we are, what we are living through, what we are trying to understand--that it's inevitable there will be some change. Writing is how we process life, and life is never motionless. I hope your journey in this craft is every bit as wonderful as mine has been.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2017 on Craftsmanship and Comfort Zones at Word Wenches
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