We’re All Evil Stepchildren

Cinderella has never been one of my favorite fairy tales. Maybe that’s because its familiarity through the years has turned it a bit drab for me. Maybe it’s because the danger isn’t fierce enough or the stakes aren’t high enough. Or maybe . . . maybe it’s because I can’t relate to a girl who [...]

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An Allegorical God

God in allegory. Even though I'm an allegorical writer myself, I often have issues with this one. Well, maybe not issues. Let's just say I approach it carefully. God is sovereign. God is almighty and all-knowing. His ways are not our ways. How, then, can any writer really do Him justice in an allegory? We seek [...]

Last Words

Characters die. Sometimes they're characters we don't like. But sometimes they're characters who mean so much to us that we mourn their deaths almost as a friend would do. I've never liked killing off my own characters - even the truly evil ones. Yet sometimes an author must. Recently I had to work on writing [...]

Affection and Concern for a Marshwiggle

It's always with a bit of trembling that I hear of another Narnia movie being produced. Part of my nervousness comes from excitement, part from fear. The creatures and characters of Narnia mean a great deal to me, and I want to know they are in capable, loving hands ... hands that appreciate them for [...]

The Author of the Story

I found it amusing, at first, to know that I was writing a story within a story while penning The Word Changers. Now and then I would smile ironically to myself and shake my head. It was just too much fun. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, The Word Changers is about a [...]

Introducing the Cast of Characters

Today I’d like to introduce you to some of the characters from The Word Changers. All of these people, save one, are unique in that they portray Characters within characters. Confused? Yeah, probably! Let me explain. Within The Word Changers is another book – a strange, dark fairy tale that Posy, our heroine, finds in her [...]

Dogs in Literature and a New Family Pet

After years of half-hearted contemplation, months of a-bit-more-serious contemplation, and hours of rather-serious contemplation ... I finally, in my usual fashion, threw all contemplation to the wind and said, "Let's just go for it!" Two hours later my husband came home with this little bundle: And our lives were turned up-side-down. Okay, okay - so it [...]