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Susanna Kearsley
Writer. Dreamer. Traveller. Mom.
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Susanna here. Eight years ago, when I was writing The Firebird, I did something I’d never done in a novel before. One of my readers, Lee Ann Ray, had written to me asking whether Robbie McMorran—an eight year old boy in The Shadowy Horses—would ever get his own story. At the time, I’d thought to myself, “But he’s only eight (or, as he would have corrected me, eight and three quarters)—too young for a book of his own.” Then I realized that he had been eight and three quarters way back when I’d written that book in the mid-1990s, which... Continue reading
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Susanna here, and in the spirit of the season I’ve been thinking about tales of haunted houses—and not only as a reader, but a writer. I’ve been thinking of the stories—what it is that makes one work for me, and when I first began to fall in love with them I’m fairly certain it was Edward Mulhare’s fault. I loved the television series of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1968-1970) and spent countless childhood hours glued to his performance of the grumbling, charming, ghostly Victorian sea captain forced to share his home with a modern-day widow and her children. I’m... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at Word Wenches
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I liked Edgar Allan Poe, too, when I was in school. He scared me silly but in a good way, and his poetry was so deliciously melancholy. And I'm glad you enjoyed the post--you should NEVER feel guilty for reading what you enjoy!
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Aw. We're honoured to be on your bookshelves, Pamela (and keeping good company with Mary and Grace!) Thank you.
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Janice, fortunately I don't have that same quirk--I can happily buy several books before finishing the one I'm reading (which is why I have heaps of books stacked around my house in nearly every room...)
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Noted. Thank you for the recommendation.
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I've always wanted to read Don Quixote, because it's such an old novel and because, when I was very young, one of the first musicals my parents took us to see on stage was The Man of La Mancha, and I still remember it so vividly. It's a treasured memory, with that story woven into it. Perhaps one day I'll tackle the novel itself...
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Oh, William Morris! Which one is your favourite?
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Vicki, I have a hard time culling my bookshelves. I know I should be more ruthless, too, but I still keep telling myself, "Maybe one day I'll actually read that one...", even though I know I probably never will. And then, like you, I keep returning to my "Happy" selections, or--more and more these days--books written by the writers that I meet and get chatting with at conferences, because I know if I like the person, I'll almost always like the story they have to tell, and I've discovered some wonderful new writers that way.
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Kareni, I'm glad someone else couldn't get through The Name of the Rose. For a long while it seemed everyone LOVED that book and I was the only one who'd given up on it (although I still suspect a lot of people only knew the story from the movie, because the book IS a slog to get through!) And yes, I suppose there are still some situations in which we have to hedge a bit when sharing what we're reading :-)
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Annette, I'm so glad you discovered romance and mystery. They're two of my own greatest pleasures in life. They make me happy, too. And you're right--there ARE many of those love stories out there in the real world. My parents are living proof of that :-)
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Jane, there are, indeed, SO many books out there! You'll probably have noticed that I rarely add anything to the "What We're Reading" posts myself, because I usually don't read much fiction while I'm working on my own novels, and right now I'm nose-to-the-grindstone on a new book--but I always pay attention to what my fellow Wenches are reading, and I can assure you my own TBR pile grows by leaps and bounds each month with their suggestions...
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Constance, isn't it liberating when you finally allow yourself to NOT finish a book without guilt? I mean, I used to not finish books, but I always felt guilty about it. And then at last I realized that was silly, and I've been happily reading what I please ever since!
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(I don't like Scarlett, either)
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Binnie, like you, I'm not a Wuthering Heights person. I think perhaps there are Jane Eyre people and Wuthering Heights people, because while I empathize with Jane and would place Mr. Rochester neatly into my category of "Heroes Who Need A Hug", I'm afraid I don't like either of the main characters of Wuthering Heights at all, and have never found Heathcliff romantic. (He's in my category of "Heroes Who Need To Be Served A Restraining Order"...) Still, I know there are those who feel differently, and that's fine. Horses for courses :-)
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Susanna here. I’m in a different time zone this weekend, on the west coast of Canada at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference—the highlight of my writing year. This has been a busy day—I’ve moderated a panel session on world building, taught another on mining your own life for story ideas, coached some other writers through blue pencil sessions, and am now having a short break before tonight’s dinner and this evening’s “Shock Theatre” radio-play-style entertainment, in which I’ve been given a speaking part. This will, then, of necessity, be a shorter post. But I’ve been thinking of something all day,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, with a post from the road—I’m currently in Scotland doing research for the new novel, The Vanished Days (a sort-of-prequel to The Winter Sea) and since my much-beloved Microsoft Surface laptop/tablet thingy, which fits so perfectly into my handbag for traveling, is old and cranky and had updated itself one too many times and no longer connects to the Internet, I’m forced to rely on my iPhone to compose this post, so apologies in advance for any irregularities. I was going to try to give you a proper travelogue post with a look at a few of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here, considering it more than a little ironic that I should find myself in charge of this month’s What-We’re-Reading post, since having been caught in the whirl of activity that accompanies seeing one child off to university (in Europe, since my children never do things by halves) whilst fighting the lure of the ever-present Research Rabbit Holes that keep opening up for my current novel, and trying to pack for a Very Rapidly Approaching trip to Scotland, I’ve had no time for reading anything you’d want to hear about. Fortunately, my fellow Wenches have plenty of suggestions for your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Susanna here. My elder son is moving in a few days, and that has me grateful that he lives in modern times, when he can freely move across an ocean to another country without having to navigate the complex social etiquette involved in introductions that our ancestors were bound by. In another age, we’d have been busily rounding up letters of introduction he could carry over with him. I’ve come across countless examples of these in my years of doing research for my novels, including including the one Admiral Thomas Gordon wrote in March, 1724 to General Dillon at Paris... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2019 at Word Wenches
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Morgan, your typewriter will probably find you, when the time comes. Like Nevil found me. (And I hope your boss is feeling better after his surgery).
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I LOVE Trustee from the Toolroom. It is such an underrated classic. My favourite Shute will probably always be A Town Like Alice, because of the romance and because it was the first of his that I ever read, and because it's probably the reason I write dual-time novels now; but the racism in it, which I always found jarring, stands out even more now, so I do have to mentally compartmentalize a few bits as I read. But Trustee from the Toolroom is such a lovely character study of a quiet, ordinary man who turns out to be anything but ordinary, in the end. I truly love that book.
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I know exactly what you mean. I typed the first draft of my very first novel on the self-correcting electric typewriter (can't remember the make) from the museum where I was working back in the late 1980s. I do remember it had a cartridge ribbon, because I used to swap out the ribbon cartridge and use my own for the book, so I wouldn't be using museum supplies for personal purposes :-) It was a lovely machine.
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Nevil says hey, Jennifer :-)
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Lillian, one of the fun offshoots of all of this for me has been how much I've learned about old typewriters! There are so many different makes and models, all so individual. Does your typewriter have any maker's name on it?
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Nevil says hello back!
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