Poplars and alpacas and highland cattle and vines. Lancefield
gardens and cages. Clunes
view from the road. Creswick
The Artists’ Walk Clifftops Sorrento
I’ve been here today to talk about books and writing. Pop by and say hello!
I’m thrilled to have a visitor. The kettle has boiled and the cuppas are poured. A little treat, Sue? Right. Let’s go.
Welcome to my blog Sue.
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit Let’s Have Words. I love reading your blog and seeing your gorgeous photos, so I’m rapt to be here, and particularly glad to start the Pan’s Whisper Blog Tour with you!
Pan Harris is is brash, loud and damaged. Ordered into foster care, Pan is full of anger at the mother who abandoned her, and the older sister who kept her from her father. Pan is certain that she knows the reality of her past – until she meets Hunter, the boy who understands her story better than anyone else, and who just may be the key to unlocking the truth of Pan’s memories. But are some memories best left forgotten? And is Hunter worth Pan breaking her most important rule – Never. Trust. Anyone.
3. Do you walk the landscape of your stories before you write? Are they
actual places, an amalgam of places, or do you construct them entirely?
5. Pan’s strongest rule is ‘Don’t. Trust. Anyone.’ How important do you
think trust is for teenagers – for anyone really?
6. How hard and how important is it to make a character like Pan
likeable? Particularly at the beginning of the novel when the reader is
exposed only to her anger.
For me it’s vital that the reader feels for Pan and cares about not only why she is angry, but how she will deal with it. For me, I try to really get inside the character, in this case, Pan’s head, so I fully understand why they are behaving like they are. Knowing where she has come from and how hurt she has been helps me present her sympathetically – I think. Also, I try to show the reader what I know – that Pan is insecure, vulnerable and very hurt.
Thanks for visiting Sue. Good luck with the rest of the tour, and with Pan’s Whispers.
Blog tour stops:
Monday 12 December Claire Saxby Let’s Have Words
Tuesday 13 December Emma McCleary Booksellers New Zealand
Wednesday 14 December Dee White Dee Scribe Writing
Thursday 15 December Shirley Marr Life on Marrs
Friday 16 December Steph Bowe Hey Teenager
Monday 19 December Michael Earp Little Elf Man’s Random Thoughts
Tuesday 20 December Sue Whiting All in the Telling
Wednesday 21 December Anna Dolin Cherry Banana Split
The exhibition, which includes some of the original art work from There Was an Old Sailor, is open! Sail on over to her blog to see some pics from opening night. Can also see some of the art. 🙂
Check out her feet!
I work part-time in a bookshop and it’s always interesting to see what people read, and how they buy books. It’s also interesting to hear about what picture books they’d like. So this is the first of what I hope might be an occasional post about the books people want. Today it was:
And we’re talking fiction here …
Last Thursday I moderated a panel of crime writers at the Pirates Tavern in Williamstown. The event was a copresentation of the Big West Festival and the Williamstown Literary Festival.
Speakers were Kerry Greenwood, Nick Gadd, Dr Angus Curry and Carolyn Morwood
(not visible here…hidden by the redhead!)
Carolyn Morwood is second from the right.
Dr Angus Curry, writer of ‘The Officers of the Shenandoah’.
Pirate Kerry Greenwood
Moi, Catherine and Jean Ma
Angus and Carolyn
Arrr, it was a good night. All photos courtesy of Jovanka Petroska. Thanks Jovanka!