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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

Sometimes you don't...


Sometimes you don't know if you're doing the right thing until you've done it. I've never refused an offer to publish a book until I turned down an offer from the publisher of my last novel to publish The Winged Child, the book I've been working on for the past year.

I didn't know why, but I just couldn't feel right about it, so I let the days slip away until the deadline passed and the publisher voided the contract. While fretting over it, quizzing myself as to whether I'd done right by my book, I pulled out the manuscript and began to go over it one more time.

I hadn't made many changes before I realized that the book really needed some rethinking and reworking. If it had been published as it was, I would have been dissatisfied with it no end. It was a good book when I submitted it, I think. But it wouldn't have been the right book. 

Maybe the winged child will get another chance to fly. Maybe not. But eat an apple before it's ripe and it might leave you with a bellyache.

Henry's books.

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  1. Bravo, Henry. What you did took a great deal of courage, but it kept you true to your original instincts about what the book truly wants to be. If I may offer my own gut feeling about it - I feel very strongly that working on the book again can only make it stronger and richer and will result in the right publisher falling in love with it!

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