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Writing Wendl...

I really did want to write a light-hearted tale in case this one turns out to be my last novel (assuming it yet becomes a novel), but it's headed currently toward the shadows. I thought I knew Wendl Von Trier pretty well, having trekked with him through my previous book, The Winged Child .   There, Wendl presents as an elusive solitary, moving above all worldly fray while at the same time nudging events and characters toward a satisfactory conclusion. Sharp and intimidating on the outside and tender and motherly on the inside. A friend to the world, something of a trickster, but in all things working for good outcomes.  That is how I saw Wendl VonTrier. A  púka, mischievous, but essentially harmless, even benevolent, capable of presenting in whatever form or gender the moment required. Wendl seemed the ideal candidate to carry readers off into the literary sunset in good spirits after an exhilarating romp through a fantastical fiction. But all along, it seems, there were depths to

Millicent Who?

Who is Millicent McTeer (aka The Winged Child)? Where did she come from? How did she get into my novel?

Like everyone in my tales, she is a made-up character, although in certain lights and moments, she resembles somewhat my daughter Kate. 

I first met Millicent in a short story, "Precocious," which appears in my collection, Early Dark (all my novels, except the first one, grew out of short stories). I met her parents, Amelia Montford and Joshua McTeer in Laurel Falls, the third book of my Benjamin Drum Trilogy. Amelia also makes a brief appearance in my mystery novel, Slick Rock Creek.

Millicent and her family are old friends by now. I'm getting old myself, but I have hopes we might meet again on some future page.


 Wer ist Millicent McTeer (auch bekannt als The Winged Child)? Woher kam sie? Wie ist sie zu meinem Roman gekommen?

Wie jeder in meinen Geschichten ist sie eine erfundene Figur, obwohl sie in bestimmten Lichtern und Momenten etwas meiner Tochter Kate ähnelt.

Ich traf Millicent zum ersten Mal in einer Kurzgeschichte, "Precocious", die in meiner Sammlung Early Dark erscheint (alle meine Romane außer dem ersten sind aus Kurzgeschichten entstanden). Ich traf ihre Eltern Amelia Montford und Joshua McTeer in Laurel Falls, dem dritten Buch meiner Benjamin Drum Trilogy. Amelia taucht auch kurz in meinem Krimi Slick Rock Creek auf.

Millicent und ihre Familie sind mittlerweile alte Freunde. Ich werde selbst alt, aber ich hoffe, wir sehen uns auf einer zukünftigen Seite wieder.

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