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DM Denton is a native of Western New York. She finds her voice in poetry and prose, in silence and retreat, in truth and imagination. Through observation and study, inspired by music, art, nature and the contradictions of the creative spirit, she loves to wander into the past to discover stories of interest and meaning for the present, writing from her love of language and the belief that what is left unsaid is the most affecting of all.

Her educational journey took her to a dream-fulfilling semester at Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, England, and she stayed in the UK for sixteen years—in a yellow-stoned village with thatched cottages, duck pond, and twelfth century church and abbey turned Jacobean manor house. She lived, for better or worse,
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D.M. Denton Having just finished the sequel to 'A House Near Luccoli', which is titled 'To A Strange Somewhere Fled' and is with my publisher (All Things That…moreHaving just finished the sequel to 'A House Near Luccoli', which is titled 'To A Strange Somewhere Fled' and is with my publisher (All Things That Matter Press) awaiting editing and publication; I have begun to research my next large writing project that will highlight - through fiction - a number of obscure women writers. First up is Anne Brontë, the younger sister of Charlotte and Emily Brontë. At this point, I also plan to write about Mary Webb and Christina Rossetti.(less)
D.M. Denton The most important thing to do is listen—constantly listen, using music specific to a period and/composer as a soundtrack to the conceptualizing,…moreThe most important thing to do is listen—constantly listen, using music specific to a period and/composer as a soundtrack to the conceptualizing, researching, and writing of the novels until I'm living with and even haunted by it like an invisible presence. Of course, I also refer to academic sources, and the notes on CD sleeves are a great help. I use some musical terminology as it offers imagery the poet in me finds too lovely to resist!

I have played the piano, guitar and Celtic harp, and sung a little. The pleasure I find in trying to translate music into words might come from my regret at not having pursued a musical career. I suppose writing about music is another way of participating in it. I find it very satisfying. I never set out to try to imitate, explain or even describe music, but somehow convey its elusive existence in the heart and spirit.

This question makes me think of the 1991 French movie about the 17th century composers Marin Marais and Sainte-Colombe, Tous les Matin du Monde that asks: “What is music?” Sainte-Colombe insists words cannot describe it—that it is the sound of the wind, a painter’s brush, wine pouring into a cup, or just the tear on a cheek. I agree that it is impossible to express the essence or the effect of music in words, but I hope my readers experience something of its beauty and power through what I have written, especially as it is inexpressible.(less)
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