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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

What we're reading at our house...


This little book, to use the author's favorite word, is "delightful." One can read The Things That Charm Us in a day (it took me two, I did so frequently stop and ponder). It is one of those rare early books where we can see a writer becoming, bringing up to light water from the well he will draw from in all his work to follow.

I read N. K. Carlson's collection of stories, poems and essays in preparation for an upcoming interview here with him about his trilogy out in spring of next year from Creative James Media. It was a (there's that word again) delight to discover we have similar religious history and share some common motivation for writing fiction.

While our similarities render us tolerable, it is our differences that make us interesting. Nate expresses his own unique vision in his own personal voice. Every page of his book is a discovery. This reader especially liked the short stories. One of the more successful of the tales is The Man With No Face. It's a chiller.

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