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July 12, 2013



I was wondering, when you write, do you start at the beginning and go to the end, or do you write different scenes and then put them together? Like you know what you want the ending to be, so do you write the ending and then go back?


I've been studying alternative healing for the past 3 years. In the Chinese/eastern system, there are 5 Elements or Rhythms that affect us and how we see the world-Water, Wood, Fire, Earth & Metal. I've used your books to help my study, it's fascinating to see how the aspects of each element play out in each character. And the fact that it all developed very organically as you worked on each book-wow.
Ani/Isi's story is a classic Metal archtype-the person raised in isolation, with a strong sense of duty, who has to develop a way to reach out to others in order to fulfill their destiny. Fiery Enna would of course make a dramatic entrance. And the fire language consumed her much more quickly than Isi's wind. Razo I couldn't figure out for the longest time, but of course he's Wood-the warrior, pioneer, the only one of his family to leave the Forest and go to the city to find work. Water element likes to stay hidden and is afraid of exposure, and Dasha's story is the only one that the narrator doesn't tell us. We only know her through her actions and conversation. Earthy Rinn is so in tune to what others are feeling that she loses herself in them. She's the only one who chooses in the end, to get to know herself better rather than finding a sweetheart.
I'm enjoying rereading The Goose Girl! One book is not enough though, I'll probably read through all of them again. Thanks for all of your hard work with the rewrites!


Yes! I LOVE the rain, and the emotions and feelings it evokes in books always makes me settle in and feel wrapped in the story's world. I also love your comment about Ani needing something that sets her apart. That's a huge part of her journey, I think - realizing that she can be accepted when she has felt like an outcast for basically her whole life.


By the way, Rosie, also love your thoughts! That's a fascinating analysis of those characters!


This is probably my favorite chapter in the book :)

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