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J. Kathleen Cheney

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J. Kathleen Cheney is nothing if not versatile in her story telling. But, weaving through her work is a common thread, that of the improbable heroine. From worlds set in humanity’s distant post-apocalyptic future to alternate worlds of today or of the near past, Kathleen’s heroines include a siren who with help from a gentleman of the city must stop a regicidal plot, the neglected daughter of an absent king coming to terms with her shapeshifting ancestors, a blind teenager who dreams of others’ deaths and who uses her gift of touch to find their killers, and the widow of a trainer who with a most unusual horse must save her farm and way of life. All use their unusual gifts and talents to overcome obstacles and find their place in the world. ...more

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J. Kathleen Cheney To be perfectly honest, it was a bit of an accident.

The original version of the novel was a short story. I set the very first draft in Venice, but ve…more
To be perfectly honest, it was a bit of an accident.

The original version of the novel was a short story. I set the very first draft in Venice, but very quickly decided that I wanted somewhere else for the setting. I glanced down at a map and said to myself, "Hmmm....Portugal has a lot of coastline."

And that was how I picked Portugal. When you're writing a short story, there's not a huge committment to setting, so it didn't call for tons of research. Just enough.

What I didn't know was that this would turn into 3 novels...and that meant tons and tons of research on Portugal.

It was an interesting conincidence, but as I was researching, trying to read the sort of books that my main character, Duilio, would have read, I ran across the epic poem, "The Lusiads", which is about the voyages of Vasco da Gama, as reimagined by Camões. The mythology of "The Lusiads" worked well with my sereia, and gave me a starting place for their culture. Portuguese history is actually fascinating, and I found myself wishing that we'd studied it when we were kids. (I grew up on the Mexican border, so if we studied Iberia at all, it was Spain.)

And it turns out that not a lot of people are familiar with Portugal, so I felt like I was given a change to introduce them to the country (which is a great place to visit, also)--even if it was the slightly-alternate version that I was working in. (less)
J. Kathleen Cheney I would suggest that you try prompt of some kind. Force yourself to write a story that includes an object that someone else picks out. I've done this …moreI would suggest that you try prompt of some kind. Force yourself to write a story that includes an object that someone else picks out. I've done this before, and 24 hours later had my story "Fleurs du Mal." (KD Wentworth had given me a glass globe with flowers in it. The actual object wasn't in the story, but it inspired something similar.)

The idea is that writers can write about anything, but sometimes if it's too close to their heart, they struggle with it more. Pick out something you don't have an emotional investment in, and write about that. That will force you to use your craft. And because writers often have to produce on a schedule, they often have to push past writing what they want or writing when they have no inspiration. So it has to be learned eventually...(less)
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