don’t know what you’re doing for a long time. It seems like a huge mess
because it is a huge mess. If you looked at the notes from early on in
the writing of this book, you’d think, “This person is crazy. This could
never be a novel.” That’s how all my books have felt when I started
writing them. Trying to explain them to people was like trying to
explain a dream." - Donna Tartt, a woman after my own heart.
definitely in that 'mess' stage. Unfortunately most of the mess is in
my head - I haven't even managed to commit much to paper/screen. I have faith that it will all come together - I remember going through a similar stage with Magpie Hall.
This is very late notice, but I am giving a talk to the Friends of Christchurch Libraries tomorrow (October 8), and anybody is welcome to attend. I'll be talking about the research and stories behind my three novels. If you ever wanted to know about the Brazilian rubber boom, taxidermy, Victorian tattooing and Celtic myths, this could be for you. Here's the info:
Venue: Board Room,
Fendalton Library and Service Centre
of Clyde and Jeffreys Road
Speaker: Rachael King
Christchurch writer Rachael King talks about the research and stories behind
her three novels: The Sound of Butterflies (2006), set in the
Brazilian rubber boom of the early 20th century; Magpie Hall (2009), a
story of tattooing, taxidermy and family secrets; and Red Rocks (2012), a
novel for children which transplants the Celtic selkie myth to the wild south
coast of Wellington.
The Sound of Butterflies was the title of my first novel, published in the UK by Picador, in the US by William Morrow and in New Zealand by Random House, and translated into eight foreign languages. In 2009 my next novel, Magpie Hall, was published in New Zealand by Random House, and in 2012 my first novel for children, Red Rocks. This blog is my thoughts on the world of writing and books.
Photo by Sharon Blance.