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March 21, 2012


lil Gluckstern

Well realized characters make a book for me (as well as a strong sense of place). If I find an author who satisfies this, I will seek out His/Her books until I have exhausted them, and then cross my fingers for more-as I do with yours :)

Marcia Talley

A character that has haunted me since I first read duMaurier's "Rebecca," is the second Mrs. DeWinter.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh this is such a diffuclt process--sometimes. Sometimes the person is just--there, they exist, completely and totally. With history, and desire, and motive. Sometimes, though, it feels as if they're waiting for me to give them--their special magic. Or that they need--the thing.
You know when it's there. And you know when it's not.

Deb Romano

Dana, I want to adopt Brian! At this point, I have recently finished reading the first Emma book and I especially loved Brian. I look forward to reading the rest of your books. Just keep doing what you are doing!

Karen in Ohio

The thing about good writers is that they notice things, in particular, they notice tiny nuances that most people either don't see or they gloss over for some other perception. The difference between a writer and a non-writer is that the writer can evoke those nuances with their words. It's pretty simple, really.

Except that it isn't that simple, is it? You either have the ability to observe and describe your observation in a reader-accessible way, or you don't.


Lil, I thought this went up before, but...thank you! I was so excited to find there was just one more Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey story, "Talboys," and was incredibly grateful for that one last peek into their world.

Oooh, good one, Marcia!

Hank, I suppose if we could put it into words...it wouldn't be so difficult.

Thank you, Deb! I was so relieved when Brian eventually snapped into place.

Right, Karen...it sounds easy enough, but it's seeing the nuances, then being able to communicate them effectively. And even then, it does't even work. Which, in a way, makes the effort that much more fun.

Charlaine Harris

Sometimes I find myself asking people somewhat intrusive questions in an intense way, and it's not because I'm a busybody. It's because something about them interests me, and I'm mining it. That's not very attractive, but it's the way I work. Of course, sometimes they're just interesting people, and they don't mind answering my question about how they met their spouses, or why they decided to go sky-diving, or . . . their interest in Big Foot.

Marcia Talley

Dana, re: peeking into Harriet and Peter's world, have you read Jill Paton Walsh's completion of Sayers' "Thrones, Dominations" from the first few chapters and an outline, "Presumption of Death" from notes and her latest, which I've just finished and it's wonderful, "The Attenbury Emeralds," which, as you may recall, is Wimsey's first case. Jill really has DorothyL down to the socks!


Charlaine, mining is a very good word. Sometimes I need to remind myself the folks I'm talking to aren't "reference materials" but "company!"

Marcia, I enjoyed the first book; perhaps, with your recommendation, I'll seek out the next two!

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