I'm delighted to turn The Plain over to fellow MuseItUp author Wendy Laharnar, visiting today all the way from Australia. Wendy is the author of both The Unhewn Stone, a YA fantasy set in medieval Switzerland, and a short sci-fi story, Happiness Guaranteed. She also turns out Calamity's Corner, a monthly E-Zine chock-full of entertaining and inspiring articles.
* * * * *Hi Pat, it’s so good to be here on your lovely new blog. Thank you for the invitation.
I love talking about writing as much as I love writing. Sitting down with a group of like-minded people discussing what we enjoy is the best form of face-to-face entertainment for me. It helps in our struggles to find the right motivation, goals and resolutions…for our characters as well as ourselves. Talking a story through or, better still, being bombarded with questions about a character or scene helps to iron out the creases, which often we don’t realize are there.
I like ‘talking’ online with writing friends and critique groups and I like to share information I have learned or discovered over time. Writers need their writing communities. Our peers understand how easily a writer loses touch with reality, while living in their make believe world. It’s great to share little victories with writing friends, too, especially when we overcome a stumbling block or find a character has developed a challenging trait.
Writing fantasy (historical and mythical) makes me happy. I’m keen to return to my Edge of Darkness, and pounce on the majestic dragon queen whose metallic scales ripple in nervous excitement – she is a character I love to hate. She just stole a human baby and plans to pass the child off as an immortal elf in a diabolical self-serving plan. It’s the first part of the fantasy trilogy I have in 1st draft. The dark forests of my make believe world, Pravlica, are calling, but this is such a long journey and the trails are treacherous and damp, no place for the baby Adora raised to become The Elfin Bride (Part Three of the trilogy). This is the story where I question whether characters are redeemable or not and if there really is a separation between Reality and Fairytale. I want to share with those who have ears to hear, what I learn during the writing process.
That’s how I felt when writing The Unhewn Stone, my YA historical fantasy recently published by MuseItUp Publishing.
While my hero, Stefan, thinks he must change the course of the Wilhelm Tell legend (14th C. Switzerland), to restore honour to his family name, I sought answers to questions that bothered me. For instance, is there really is any difference between freedom fighters and tyrants, and which side would I follow. In The Unhewn Stone, Stefan belongs to the wrong side. His ancestor is the tyrant governor, not the hero Wilhelm Tell, so my dilemma wasn’t as cut and dried as you might think.
During his medieval adventure, modern-day Stefan’s encounters challenge his concept of friendship, love, mercy, honour, faith, courage, pride and humility. At the same time, I researched the deeper philosophic layers of the story, trying to decide what I believe, too. Is there really any difference between alchemy, religion, science, myth and magic? The more Stefan discovered about himself and his identity, the more I learnt about me, and I came to the conclusion that Stefan and I now think very much alike.
As a writer I talk about writing, write about writing and write. I also love to read what I’ve written. My Christmas wish to writers out there, wherever you are, May your days be merry and bright, and bring joy from everything you write.
Wendy’s short sci-fi, Happiness Guaranteed, has just been release by MuseItUp in time for Christmas. The beautiful Supremo, Bianca, has a flaw which, if discovered, will mean her elimination.
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Wendy and her husband raised beef cattle in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. They loved the land and their animals and lived an idyllic life in spite of the bitter winters and often scorching summers. Now they live on Australia’s east coast with their mini Schnauzer. They enjoy long walks on the beach and visits from their two children and grandchildren.