Think back to the origin of stories. They were told beside a fire by a bard, an old one, a teller of tales. People clustered round, nodding at the rise and fall of the speakerâ€™s voice. Many stories were of adventure, of battle and bravery, of people seemingly bigger than the listeners. Read more
Iâ€™ve been touring this spring for a new book, and that always sounds way more glamorous than it is. Book tour is actually a Latin aviation term that translates roughly to, â€śEvery seat is the middle seat.â€ť Read more
Many Chaptersâ€¦Many Voices
Many chapters of the Will Wilder series were birthed in the corner of a coffee shop. The corner is the best place to work, since it can get loud at times. Once I travel to Perilous Falls, pounding away at the keyboard, I often hear the characterâ€™s voices in my imagination. Having been trained as an actor, I find myself involuntarily mouthing dialogue in the voice of the characters as I write.Â I literally play all the parts by the time I get to editing — doing my full â€śmultiple personalityâ€ť routine at the end of the day.
If you are familiar with the knitting and artisan world, then you know Clara Parkesâ€™s name.Â Clara is most recognized as a teacher and author of several bestselling knitting instruction books, as well as the founder and publisher of knittersreview.com (amongst many other things). But did you know she has written memoirs, too? Read more