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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

Long haul...

It's been over two years since I wrote the first lines about Millicent McTeer and her friends. Last week, I signed a contract with a publisher. The publication date for The Winged Child is set for February 2022. That means my book has now become a job.

That doesn't mean it ceases to be fun, but up to now I'm the only fool I've had to contend with. For the next year, I'll have to answer to some other people. The process will likely improve my character and my book. I'll keep you posted as the adventure unfolds.

Publisher and I have already had preliminary discussion about a book cover. What about a cover might make you want to start reading a novel?

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  1. Although I love the photo on this potential cover, what really makes me want to read a novel when I know little or nothing about it is artwork illustrating something more intimate about the story inside - for instance, in this particular case, a painting or drawing of a winged child or an angel.

  2. Thanks, Sharon. Would such an image inform, or potentially be at odds with your mind's picture of The Winged Child, or once you started reading, would the image be inconsequential?

    1. I'm pretty sure any image you approved of as representing Millicent would stay with me as I read the edited version. I can't remember now whether literal wings were ever mentioned in the version I read (I've read two re-writes), don't think so and don't think it matters as long as the reader can feel what Millicent feels as she flies. Also, I don't think it matters whether or not the cover shows Millicent with or without actual wings, as long as the image projects a sense of motion - though I tend to want to see a strong suggestion of wings.

    2. Sharon, Millicent didn't have wings, but sometimes Simon did. Creative James Media has scheduled the cover reveal for May.

    3. I'll bet James Media is going to do a great job and I'm so looking forward to the cover reveal in May!!


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