The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy by Leonard S. Marcus

By Leonard S. Marcus

Finely nuanced and constantly revealing, Leonard S. Marcus’s interviews variety greatly over questions of literary craft and ethical imaginative and prescient, as he asks 13 famous delusion authors approximately their pivotal existence reviews, their literary impacts and paintings workouts, and their middle ideals concerning the position of myth in literature and in our lives.

Includes interviews with * Lloyd Alexander * Franny Billingsley * Susan Cooper * Nancy Farmer * Brian Jacques * Diana Wynne Jones * Ursula ok. Le Guin * Madeleine L’Engle * Garth Nix * Tamora Pierce * Terry Pratchett * Philip Pullman * Jane Yolen *

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Q: What do you like best about being a writer? A: Being able to go into this other place and live there for a while. Writing the kinds of stories I like to read. But mostly it's the sense of discovery, which you don't get every day in real life. A S U S A N C O O P E R READER The Boggart books: The Boggart (Margaret K. McElderry/Atheneum, 1993) The Boggart and the Monster (Margaret K. McElderry/ Atheneum, 1997) The Dark Is Rising sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone (Margaret K. McElderry/Atheneum, 1965) The Dark Is Rising (Margaret K.

Also, fantasy allows you to step outside our world and look at it with a little bit of perspective. It can take something in our world, for instance "identity," which has only an abstract reality, and it can make it palpable. Both of my books are attempts to grapple with identity I have used a literal vehicle—a physical skin—for my characters to explore who they are beneath their skin, what skin they belong in. Corinna thinks she's a Folk Keeper but really she's a seal maiden. Where is her seal skin?

I came upon interesting details: that cold iron is a protection FRANNY BILLINGSLEY against fairies, which is why Corinna wears a necklet of nails. " It states that when afishermanputs out to sea, he may be accosted by evil sea spirits, which would seek to sink his ship. They would have a kind of duel with rhyming words, and whoever got the last word won. If it was the fisherman, then the ship was safe. Q: How do you go about naming your characters? A: Naming characters for me is very difficult.

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