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July 23, 2013



We haven't seen Kildenree since The Goose Girl. What do you imagine has happened since Isi left?


How did Conrad manage to tell the Yellow Boys about Ani? It doesn't seem like Ungolad would usually spare much time for a goose boy. Where did Frigart's husband get a sword, it seems like there's a little story there. By the way, I love the war song that the workers sing, and I always thought the audio book got the perfect tune for it.


Totally random: I was thinking last night that if Bayern is known for its dyes, then maybe one day in its future, people will have the idea of putting the dye into their hair and forming the continent's first-ever medieval punk-rock band, with fiddles and lutes and drums and flutes! That would be cool. Then again, I guess the dyes wouldn't work well with dark Bayern hair, and I don't see the Tirans or Kildenreans doing that sort of thing. Hmm...


Oh Shannon, thanks for doing this, even though it's difficult! I love the insight into the writing process. This is the kind of behind-the-scenes info I eat up!


I recently purchased the audiobooks for Enna Burning (which is my favorite book probably ever written) as well as for Forest Born. While I was listening to Forest Born, a thought occurred to me. With wind-speaking, Isi is overwhelmed with information, Enna was being slowly cooked with fire-speaking and Dasha was loosing herself in the water. But with tree-speaking and people-speaking, we don't really get to see what being out of control looks like. Rinna has both and so she has a balance. With Ani's mother, Seliph, and Selia, we as readers get to see the outcomes of their talents but not what it does to them on the inside. I would very much like to know what that is like, though that may take longer than you want to take to explain it.


Whenever I go see movies that were film adaptations of books, it jars me whenever I see a setting that looks different in the movie than it does in my head. Sometimes it's because I missed a detail in the book, but other times it's just up to the set-makers' interpretations. Does this happen to you, Shannon? Maybe?


So glad Talone comes back! He's one of my favorite characters, and I love having another kind of "father figure" for Ani.


Thank you so much for creating these posts, Shannon, despite the difficulty of it all. Nothing that you say here diminishes the pleasure of reading. As a matter of fact, I love learning what goes through an author's head after her story has already been published; it gives the tale new life and energy!


I'm having so much fun rereading this, Shannon, along with you! Thanks for doing it!


I was watching a filmmaker's commentary very recently and really related to a comment by John Lasseter: "That's why Pixar films are never finished, just released." Do you ever (or always) feel that way about your books?

Heather Hejduk

Everything you write enhances my experience reading Goose Girl (and Princess Academy last year). I find it all fascinating. It's the same reason Iike director's commentaries on DVDs. Thank you do much for being willing to do this. I totally love when you mention something you wrote that you particularly enjoy rereading and are proud of. It makes me happy that you are a fan of your own work, too.

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