[image error]Wallflower in Bloom has been out for just over a month, and I’m getting lots of email from readers who have enjoyed the chiasmus chapter headings and want to know how I got the idea for them.
I love word play, so I just thought it would be a fun way to start the chapters, and I hadn’t seen it done in fiction before. A chiasmus is a sentence that reverses the order of two connected clauses, so I started by researching famous ones (the plural of chiasmus is actually chiasmi – who knew!) like “fair is foul and foul is fair” from Macbeth. I just though it would be interesting if something like this was both a family ritual and the method to Deirdre’s guru brother’s mojo. Some of them are powerful and some are just silly, so I think they're also a statement on charisma and celebrity - when someone has that It Thing, the pieces sometimes seem to add up to more than the whole.
In the beginning it was really fun to come up with things like “When in doubt eat: when in eat, doubt” and “You don’t have to be a winner to start, but you have to start to be a winner,” but I have to tell you that by about chapter 35 or so, I was so over it!
I’m glad you’re enjoying them though, and thanks for taking the time to let me know!

Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan and is now the bestselling author of nine novels including MUST LOVE DOGS and WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM. Enter the review giveaway and read an excerpt at ClaireCook.com, and while you’re there make sure you visit the book club page for questions, recipes, cupcake flags, and to schedule an author chat. Follow Claire on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for her newsletter to stay in the loop.
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Published on July 11, 2012 09:31 • 252 views
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message 1: by Patt (new)

Patt Pickett I liked the chiasmus thread because it expressed both the corny and cocky side of Tag being an IT guy. Deidre's eyerolling and 'oh,puh-lease' attitude about and her strained patience with them put a behind the scenes perspective on them....what people let themselves be hooked into!

message 2: by Claire (new)

Claire What a great comment, Patt! And so true about what people let themselves get hooked into!!

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