A particularly gruesome death befell me last night. Robert Frost said, “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” I’m not much of a poet, but the same applies for your friendly neighborhood horror writer: no fear in the writer, no fear in the reader.
Which female characters defined my childhood? Princess Leia and Laura Ingalls. Could a book told from the perspective of Laura’s mother Caroline manage to re-capture the grit and grandeur that sparked my imagination back when I wore pigtails?
Graduate-level writing instruction fired my imagination, while real-life actual intellectual discussion about the craft of writing…discussion with egos, politics, and the minutiae of daily responsibilities held in suspense for just a few days amongst a community of authors–this is the stuff new years are made of!