Thanks for sharing your work in progress.
Love intriguing books with secrets that are slowly divulged.
Wishing you all the best with Sandstone Madonna... Karen :)
2013-01-30 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for stopping by and your good wishes Karen. I'm hoping lots of other people feel the same about secrets uncovered.
I enjoyed hearing how you got the idea for Sandstone Madonna, Dale, and look forward to reading it one day!
Thanks Anna. That means a lot coming from you.
Dale, your thoughtful and comprehensive responses to these questions have whet my appetite for this new book. It sounds intriguing and just the sort of book I like to read, with its focus on family relationships and how they are affected by choice and circumstance. I hope we won't have to wait too long for it to become available.
Thanks Teena. What I like to read too and like you hope Sandstone Madonna will find its way into the market place soon. Meanwhile you might like Streets on a Map which is available from my website www.daleharcombe.com
2013-01-31 12:29 am (UTC)
From Margaret Sutherland; hi Dale, I was impressed by your articulate answers. You seem to have thought through the plot and characters in depth; I always think the one sentence summary is the hardest thing to nail. You seem to have provided a good summing up of your story. Best of luck with finding a publisher.
Thanks Margaret. I agree about that one sentence summary.
I always like to see what goes into the creation of a piece of fiction. It's not surprising that realistic fiction appeals to me more than fantasy. I like the title Sandstone Madonna very much, because it carries a tacit hint of reality, rather than wishful thinking, and the suggestion of frailty behind a stoic mask. Secrets are always a good element to exploit in a novel, whether they are personal, communal, or folkloric. They are not fantasy by any means, but do acquire gigantic proportions in the secret keeper's mind. Curious to see this one.
Thanks Rosanne. Glad you like the title and saw a bit beyond the two words.
I love reading these posts. It's fascinating how other writers are inspired. Plus reading snapshots of WIPs is always interesting. xx
I agree it is interesting how other writers are inspired. I always like to know a bit about an author and the creation, where my husband would never read such things. A male/female difference or just personality difference I wonder?Thanks for dropping by Michelle.
Sounds fascinating Dale. Oh yes, a lot of thinking, mulling over, researching, rewriting, editing and love goes into writing a memorable story.
All the best,
2013-01-31 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Glad you think so, Rita. And agree about all that is involved in writing a memorable story. Thanks for stopping by.
An interesting read, Dale, with very thoughtful answers to all the questions you were asked. I hope and pray it won't be long before 'Sandstone Madonna' sees the light of day. Sounds like you have gone quite a journey with the characters and the book in general already.
2013-01-31 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks Jo-Anne for you encouraging comments.Yes, it has been quite a journey already.That's one of the fun things about writing.
Many thanks, Dale. I love hearing how books are created and their back-story, and this one sounds a winner. I'm also pleased to read that there are other people like me who have several projects on the go at once. I have one that has been on the back-burner for far too long while others have taken their turn. Not that I have ever totally stopped thinking about the plot and characters. This year has to be the one in which a couple of my works in progress finally get finished. I look forward to hearing about others that you are working on. All best wishes, Peter
2013-02-02 01:47 am (UTC)
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Always good to know we're not alone Peter. Thanks for your positive commnents.
2013-02-04 01:55 am (UTC)
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Your book sounds fabulous, Dale.
I love reading about families and sisters and secrets.
I was also interested to read how you work on more than one manuscript at a time. I used to do that, and maybe should try it again. I think it's a way of achieving a great deal.
Looking forward to seeing your book in print one day soon.
Thanks for thos uplifting comments Alison.