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Writing Wendl - attrition...

Status report on the current novel project, Wendl the Fallen : At around 60,000 words, I've killed off a couple of characters, which is usually an early sign that the story is finding me. The target is a rough draft of about 100,000 words in twelve chapters, which will trim down in re-write and editing to something like 70,000 words in ten chapters. I've never written a novel this dark before - or this funny. To be honest, I'm not at all sure I'll ever be able to finish it. Meanwhile, The Winged Child will be out in February. That is my best one so far.   Henry's books . If you would like to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .  

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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