The Author “Thing”

In just over two weeks, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE will be out in the world. This is a nerve-wracking time for an author. Will it sell? Will people like it? Will they even read it? This is my baby and I want it to be loved! Now, in fairness, I'm on cloud nine over the wonderful welcome it's received to date. Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher's Weekly have all given it starred … [Read more...]

Inside Plato’s Cave

Last time I talked about Lady Macbeth; this week we'll look at an allegory. In The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, Kat and her fellow students at the Rookskill Castle Children's Academy in the fictional burg of Craig on the coast of Scotland are taught by instructors brought in by the Lady of the manor. Their English instructor, Miss Gumble, has them study the Allegory of Plato's Cave. … [Read more...]

Lady Macbeth

  In the previous post, I discussed Scots' words. Now to a Scottish character. One of the reviewers of The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle pointed out that a chief character in the novel is "a tragic figure, almost a Lady Macbeth". You might or might not remember Shakespeare's tragedy, so here's a bit of background that may explain why I love that comparison so much. (Note: I'm … [Read more...]

Scots Words

Last time: the magic of Scotland. This week - a little bit about Scots words. I didn't use many Scots dialect words in The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. Using dialect is tricky. Too much and people get turned off. Too little and the story doesn't sound authentic. But the Scottish language is so rich and varied. It's often said that the Inuit have more than 50 words and phrases … [Read more...]