Tuesday, 29 January 2013

B is for ...


... BLOG.

How often should one post? I believe the answer should be: when there is something earth-shattering to report. Well, nothing earth-shattering, for me, today. I guess that is OK, since it can go both ways: earth-shattering-good and also earth-shattering-bad.

I'm well into my new novel. I've been thinking about having a map inside. Any thoughts? Do you ever look at maps in novels you read? I, personally, look at them fleetingly, and never as a tourist, wanting to find his/her way around. I like to envision the area myself, while reading the book, so the proffered map is sometimes a let-down. I occasionally cast a glance at the maps when I've already finished reading the book.

My novel is nowhere near completion, so I have more than enough time to fight this out with myself. A word of advice would be of help. Do you like/look at maps, or are they simply pictures that brighten up a book?

B is also for Book.


Thursday, 24 January 2013

A is for ...

... animals. I love animals...most of them. How about you?

Remember All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot? I read that book simply ages ago and loved it. I forgot the name of the book, forgot the author, my library, where I had borrowed it, no longer had it on stock (I searched the shelves trying to recognise the book) - yikes. Luckily, it was easy to google. British vet, animals, humour, and there it was. I was sooo pleased with myself. It was like finding a long-lost friend. I’m definitely going to buy this book online (btw I am a book hoarder). Perhaps, when I read it again, I will not enjoy it that much, but it certainly cheered me up way back (emmm...last century).

And now to get back to my post (got waylaid by James Herriot). While writing The Perses Touch, it had initially not been my intention of bringing in any of my pets. However, one of them snuck in—Suki, my German Shepherd. She was a favourite of mine and will always remain in my heart. She just had to make an appearance in this novel. I have started writing a new one and haven’t decided whether to downplay the appearance of pets or not. What do you think? A rabbit or two?

The Perses TouchA is also for apple, but that’s another story.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Monday, 7 January 2013

A Touch of Character

Looking back, I realise that I may have mislead some of my readers. I’m sorry.
This is a work of fiction.
All characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously.
Any resemblance to actual events, locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

While The Perses Touch is a work of fiction, one of the characters, very close to my heart, Suki, is definitely not a product of my imagination. Some of the scenes, involving her, really did take place, apart from the poison scene - where I shed tears, while writing it. Thankfully, that never really happened, and I breathed a sigh of relief when that part of the chapter was over.

BTW Suki is a German Shepherd.