Saturday, May 24, 2008
Go forth and do good.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I start usually with a knick knack or picture. This prompts a story. As my Fox Tails always employ a fox as one of the lead characters the knick knack or picture is most often a fox. Somehow from the image I discern if the fox in this story will be the hero or the heroine. I determine, simply because I so desire, to choose who is feminine and who is masculine. Being a writer is a powerful potion.
Then I get a pile of index cards and plot out several scenes in a few short sentences. I then arrange them in some sort of order. (not necessarily logical order)
Next the characters need to be defined. I often use traits from people I know, sometimes traits I wish I had or those I am glad I do not have. Next is what is the reason for telling this story. Will it benefit mankind or promote some good in the world? I must admit I write to promote cooperation among divergent beliefs. Since this is my goal, I do my best to make the force of the story a noble endeavor.
In my current work the hero and heroine are charged with protecting the Eleventh Commandment. A commandment that up till now, no one save the Pope, and the Blessed Mother know exists. If the commandment is protected the Devil will be sealed away for all time and only goodness shall prevail upon the earth. As this is also a love story the pair must find a way to obtain human form. Initially the heroine is a gargoyle and the hero a fox. In subsequent posts I shall reveal how they are transformed.
For now we will proceed with the manner in which I write. As I like to have everything at my fingertips I use a flow chart that I draw on the inside of a manila file folder. I assign a different color for each character and draw lines where they connect with one another. On a post it note I place a brief description of the scene. I find this method superior to writing a long outline as when you accumulate several pages it is hard to find where you are at the moment. On one sheet you can see where you are and where you want to go. It is most helpful (to me at least) to have both the beginning sentence and the ending sentence, then all you have to do is fill in the middle. Using a flow chart you can see what needs to happen to get you to the ending sentence. This is not to say this is the only thing I follow as sometimes other things become more pressing, such as a character firmly stating I will not do that.
The flow chart is simply a road map, however side trips are allowed. Which is why I use post it notes. If this scene doesn't work, tear it off and write another. I write to entertain and enlighten. I am not a history teacher and my frequent flights of fancy are in no way actual events.
If anyone wishes further information on this method feel free to contact me.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Interview with St. Therese of The Fox and the Chalice
Is it true, although you are fictionalized, your character is based upon St. Therese of Lisieux?
Yes, The Fox Lady, who wrote the story is very fond of St. Therese and used many of the saint’s attributes to flesh out my character.
How does a fox play into a tale admittedly about the Church?
Merlot is found as an infant in the convent vineyard and is raised by the Mother Superior. It isn’t until she is a young woman does she discover she is also a fox. She feels it is her duty to protect the convent and the task she is later given.
Do you think you, as representative of a saint are portrayed properly? I believe I read that you were the youngest woman who ever entered the convent life. In the book you seem easily frightened, yet always saved by your faith.
I would like to think I am portraying a saint as a person and carrying out Sister Therese’s promise to do good upon earth after her death. She is a much beloved saint and I hope that The Fox and the Chalice will assist her in her quest.
Is this book only about the Church?
No, it is about faith, honesty and the eternal struggle of good over evil. Of course there is also romance. Merlot is enamored of LaRoux the stepson of a vintner. LaRoux vows revenge upon his step-father as the man killed his mother. I cannot tell you more, you really should read the book. It is available from www.wings-press.com.
It is really just my opinion but this is the best Fox Lady book yet, and I hear she has another ready for publication. Thank you for inviting me to do this interview.
Thank you Sister Therese, I enjoyed it very much.
As I am without a computer this week, I am posting this early. Anyone who e-mails me (the author) firstname.lastname@example.org will be entitled to a free download of The Fox and the Swan and one person will be selected to receive a download of The Fox and the Chalice. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.
A. Dee Carey/ The Fox Lady