Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Tale of the Talking Animals

 Multi-published, award-winning author Susan Wittig Albert will be here on Straight From Hel tomorrow to tell how an author who never planned on having talking animals in her books ended up with quite a few of them telling their stories. You may think the process would be quite simple: just write them in. In Susan’s case it wasn’t so simple since her series is based on a real person, Beatrix Potter.

Susan Wittig Albert lives in Texas, but is read internationally. She writes the China Bayles Mysteries, the Cottage Tale Mysteries, the Darling Dahlia Mysteries and, with her husband, the Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries. She also has multiple nonfiction books. In addition to the Robin Paige series, she and her husband have written over 60 young adult novels. In her not-much-spare time, she founded Story Circle Network, a national organization of women writers, serves as editor of Story Circle Book Reviews, and, of course, travels to promote her books, including her latest fiction, The Tale of Oat Cake Crag, and her upcoming non-fiction An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days.

She is also a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

She’ll be here tomorrow to write about those talking animals in her Cottage Tale Mysteries series. She’s open to questions you may have about including talking animals in books, as well as other questions about her series or her upcoming book.

18 comments:

  1. I enjoy the China Bayles Mysteries so much. I've read a few of the Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries too, but I haven't read any of the Cottage Tale Mysteries yet. Looking forward to her post tomorrow. Thanks.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  2. I'm looking forward to her post!

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  3. I'm all for talking animals!

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  4. Do people actually believe animals DON'T talk? How silly is that? The are missing so much. ;>)

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  5. The only animal books I've read is ANimal Farm by Orwell ... and sometimes I listen to Pigs on the Wings. I'll be back tomorrow >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  6. There used to be a band - and may still be - called The Animals. I listened to them.

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  7. I look forward to the interview.

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  8. So I'm not crazy. Othere poeple hear animals talking to them too. Whew! I'll stop by tomorrow for the interview. And I used to listen to the Animals too. Just saw a clip of them on PBS tribute to Ed Sullivan. Great set of DVDs to buy if you like live performances from bands from that era. Have a great week.

    Stephen Tremp

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  9. So I'm not crazy. Othere poeple hear animals talking to them too. Whew! I'll stop by tomorrow for the interview. And I used to listen to the Animals too. Just saw a clip of them on PBS tribute to Ed Sullivan. Great set of DVDs to buy if you like live performances from bands from that era. Have a great week.

    Stephen Tremp

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  10. I do understand who we end up writing what we never intended to write--or thought we would! And truthfully, I don't see how you do all you do, Susan. You must not sleep much! Thanks for all the work you do for women writers!Sylvia Dickey Smith

    A War of Her Own

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  11. Wow, that woman is a veteran! Can't wait to hear what she has to say about animals...I mean, I can't wait until she tells us what animals have to say.

    CD

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  12. She is indeed a veteran. Her series are well-followed. And she's also a sweetie.

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  13. Talking animals are always a draw for me. I'll be back tomorrow.

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  14. She has written a lot of books, Alex! Ask her how she got started in the book business.

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  15. Looking forward to hearing from Susan tomorrow! She's one of those writers I've always really respected. Thanks for hosting her.

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  16. Both you and Susan are multi-series authors and very good, Elizabeth.

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  17. You got me. I will diffanently be here tomorrow --ah, today. My editor Miss Foxy will have me at my computer. She can't wait either. I think she has a couple of questions of her own.

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