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July 08, 2014



One time I told my brother to read a story of mine "until you get bored". Forty nine pages in, he handed it back. "I'm bored now." I read over that page and realized he'd stopped at the first death scene. Gasp! What was I thinking, letting my sweet eleven year old brother read a book with a gory decapitation scene? When I asked him why he stopped, he told me, "Only one person dies in the first fifty pages. Usually someone dies in the prologue."


I gave birth to my first baby six months ago, and I can't now read certain things without becoming emotionally invested (and often crying). My husband has suggested I stop reading the news. (And why did I think it was a good idea to reread "Walk Two Moons"?)


The lead up to the Forest Bands joining in the fight is filled with tension - moreso when 'normal' things, like boys playing at sword practice and laughing, are contrasted with actually being in battle. As a reader I feel compelled to take them all away from it. To say "turn back, stay safe" and yet I am trapped. Helpless. And when they wind up in the battle it is something my inner eye can't turn away from.

Finn. Finn is a wonderful character and I love how he's one of the Forest Born shown to understand what a battle means. The contrast between him and the younger boys playing at swords is stark; I can only imagine what sort of things were going through his mind during this chapter. I imagine that he, like Conrad, is happy with just being a supporting character in someone else's story, though that might be because he HAS been such a big supporting character for these first two books.


I think Conrad was brought in at very appropriate times. I felt I had enough of Conrad's story for me to like him.

What was your favorite part about writing Enna Burning?


In that earlier draft, was Enna's husband Finn, or someone else?


I really hate that people have to die in wars. It's so stupid. You wrote it well.

I convinced a homeschooling group across the country (I'm in TX, they're in MA) to read Goose Girl in their book club one month this coming school year. :)

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