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Susanna Kearsley
Writer. Dreamer. Traveller. Mom.
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Susanna here, just back from the sunny south and the wonderful Tucson Festival of Books, where I had the privilege of sitting on two panels—one called "Keeping History Fresh" (pictured above), with Susan Meissner and Kristina McMorris, moderated by Anne Spieth, and another called "Transported by Words", moderated by Victoria Marie Salajko, in which R.O. Kwon, Shobha Rao, and I talked about the use of setting in fiction. Both panels were great, and the questions we were asked could provide the jumping-off point for any number of posts here, but in the panel on setting we were asked, “What writers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, inviting you to join me in wishing a very Happy Book Birthday to THE WOMAN IN THE LAKE by our own Nicola Cornick! This is its American birthday, actually, which will be followed on March 7 by its British birthday, so we will be keeping the celebration going here at the Word Wenches (any excuse for cake, really). It’s a dual-time novel, linking the lives of two women together over centuries through one lovely but ill-fated gown… *** ‘I see it all again: the silver moon swimming beneath the water and the golden gown billowing out about her…’... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Claire, I can completely relate. I was reading Nancy Drew and A.A. Milne and Jan Westcott and Charles Dickens, all at the same time. And Spider Man comics, of course :-)
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Janice, The Cockermouth Mail is another of my favourites, but I didn't add it to my shelves until much later, after I'd had my kids. It's an annual Christmas re-read for me, now (again, probably owing to the Very Cool Boots). And aren't libraries wonderful? What would we do without them, honestly?
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Kareni, you would probably find that the magic isn't gone. It will be a different experience, reading it, but then every time you read any book it's a different experience. I love sinking into my old favourites, and can still find magic in them.
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Misti, I'm like you--my favourite Mary Stewart changes with the mood I'm in. But Max, as favourite heroes go, stays up there with the best of them :-)
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Mary, My Lord Monleigh is a favourite of mine, too. And even though Jan Cox Speas's books are out of print, her family has made My Love, My Enemy (the one set during the War of 1812) available as an ebook, from amazon: https://www.amazon.com/My-Love-Enemy-ebook/dp/B004NSVQMG/wordwench-20 I'm embarrassed to say I've never read any of Molly Costain Haycraft's books (which is unforgivable, really, since her father and I were born in the same city). I should fix that straight away. Do you have a favourite you would recommend I start with?
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Sue, I think I might have found the gothic paperback for you--was this it? Dark Legacy? https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Legacy-Formerly-Happy-Now/dp/B000KEM53G It sounds like a very good book. Thanks for sharing!
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Kate, I'm happy to welcome you to the club of Blue Castle lovers--I've learned there are a few of us out here, hiding in the shadows... https://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/overall-b-reviews/b-plus-reviews/review-the-blue-castle-by-l-m-montgomery/
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Oh, I love the Ivy Tree, too. And I wish magazines would bring back the condensed novel, don't you? It was such a great way to discover new authors. They don't seem to do it anymore. One of my novels (The Shadowy Horses) was condensed by Readers' Digest way back in the day, which was a fascinating experience (and very humbling, since you could see how the story carried on fine when they took out so much of it :-) but then even Readers' Digest stopped doing it. Such a shame.
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Susanna here, and with Valentine’s day approaching, I thought I’d share some of my earliest romantic reads—ones that captured my heart in my youth, and continue to hold it. They’re not all historical, but they all hold pride of place in my bookshelves. And while it’s not, by any means, a full list (there would be too many titles!), here are five of my “first loves” that, after all these years, remain my favourite comfort reads: THE FIRST YEAR, by Lucilla Andrews This is the book that, for several years, made me consider becoming a nurse (I even did a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Detail of a portrait of Madame Pompadour by François Boucher Susanna here. Welcome to our monthly What We're Reading post! I’ve been reading mostly primary documents and very old letters in indecipherable handwriting, but unfortunately I can’t share any of them here because I don’t have permission to, so instead I’ll share the books that are currently on my nightstand, waiting to be read… Erin Davis, a much-loved radio personality here in Canada, who recently lost her daughter, has written a very personal and uplifting memoir that Olivia Newton-John praises as “a gift of love to others who are seeking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, sitting in my writing room and waiting for my characters to lead me where they will. I remember once listening to a famous Canadian literary writer (and no, I won’t name names) say adamantly, during a radio interview, that characters were mere creations, and as such, were under the complete control of the writer at all times, with the writer firmly laying out what the character would say and do, and the character falling into line—and so any writer who claimed that their characters took on a life of their own was a liar. I remember my reaction... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Sue, maybe the two-year-old you was just declaring a prescient love of Scotland? :-)
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It reminded me of that, too, Anne. And even with the boys in the cave, there was a diver lost. So few of these events end with the happiness that this one did. That's why I liked the story, when I found it. (Although now, being me, I'm curious to know more about Lieutenant Dooley...)
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Annette, I can only imagine how awful that first day of the New Year was for all of them--those on shore, and those at sea--and how wonderful it must have felt to get that message from Lieutenant Dooley that the men were safe. A scenario that has replayed, in various ways and with various outcomes, throughout human history, right to the present day. I'm glad this one ended happily.
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Glad you liked it, Stephanie! Hope 2019 brings you nothing but wonderful things.
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I enjoyed that one as well, Mary Jo. I like my happy endings :-)
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Fishermen at Sea, by J.M.W. Turner Susanna here, with a true-life New Year’s tale for you, from Aberdeen (well, properly from Footdee—pronounced “Fittie”—which is like a little early 19th century fishing village tucked within the city, by the harbour). So much of the news always seems to be negative, but even our forebears did their best to look for the positive. I came across this little gem in the Aberdeen Herald for Saturday, January 6, 1844 (courtesy of the British Newspaper Archive, of which I’ve been a member for several years). Rather than trying to paraphrase or summarize it, I’m... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, running around as usual trying to get everything finished before Santa comes tonight, and, as usual, failing miserably. I had the best intentions of cleaning my house this year, and instead it looks like something from the TV show Hoarders. I’ve yet to excavate my kitchen table from under the piles of papers and books so we can eat dinner on it—and come to that, I’ve yet to get to the grocery store to buy the turkey to actually cook for our dinner. On top of which, I have two writing projects on the go, and Christmas cards... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at Word Wenches
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Karin, I agree. I think if we care about a character and are travelling through the story closely with them, then when they feel joy or fear or pain, we do, too. But THAT can be an even more difficult thing to manage, as a writer. Hmmm.... Maybe a topic for another post?
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Mark Twain also has some good pieces of writing advice :-)
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Thanks, Annette. I'm glad you liked the post. And yes, I did think, reading his rules, that they were very well suited to reporters as well--people with the daily job of conveying complex information in a few inches of column space. Reporters see things in real life, and we novelists see things in our imaginations, but we both have to find the right words to put on the page that will allow us to transfer those images to our readers. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Thanks, Jeanne. It is, as you say, always a balance. Sometimes I like to wax rhapsodic over the landscapes I'm writing about, or the fabric of my heroine's gown...but sometimes I find I've been struggling and struggling to find the right phrases to describe something in detail, when it turns out that a single word would do the trick.
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Mary, I'm glad our posts have led you to experiment with new recipes for your Instant Pot! Please let us know how your cranberry ketchup turns out.
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