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FAQs


Was Dun Lady's Jess based on a particular horse?

Where do you get your ideas?

Why do you work in so many different genres?

Why don't you paint your own cover art?

Are there really pastel colored-unicorns in Touched By Magic?

How long does it take you to write a book?

Why would anyone name a horse Pluto Gladys?

What's Blue Hound Visions?

What are you doing up at 3AM working on this web page?

What do spell checkers like to do to your name?




Was Dun Lady's Jess based on a particular horse?

Nope.  Lady/Jess arrived in my mind fully formed, as most of my main characters do. While we're at it, Sully (Nose for Trouble) isn't based on any particular Beagle, but Druid (A Feral Darkness) is a conglomeration of my dogs Jag and Jean-Luc Picardigan, both of whom came to my household as "rehab" dogs. Many of the supporting players or walk-on critter characters in my books are based on animal friends of mine.

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Where do you get your ideas?

Kmart.

No, seriously.

From everything.  The way the clouds are moving across the sky, the expression on someone's face in a newspaper photo, a song on the radio...it all goes into the primordial soup of my brain, and occasionally something resonates and joins up with other tidbits to evolve into a story element.

Many of my books are also based on dreams.  Jess is.

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Why do you work in so many different genres?

Ooh, let me count the reasons... Okay, let's start with the fun factor. It keeps things lively, never lets me fall into a rut, and gives me the chance to explore my writing more thoroughly. And then there's the business factor--when writing is what you do for a living and opportunities can disappear in a puff of smoke, diversification is a great strategy.

Besides, the muse likes to have her own way.

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Why don't you paint your own cover art?

You saw the ArtPlay, huh? But there's more to painting cover art than simply producing a pretty painting -- there are marketing considerations that I know nothing about, and am not driven to learn.  And, um...I'm busy.... Really!

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Are there really pastel colored-unicorns in Touched By Magic?

As a matter of fact, no.  Nor does the woman in the center of the Barrenlands cover actually exist in the book anywhere.  These are the sorts of things that are dictated by marketing and the cover artist's creative whim.  I usually get the chance to send in references for my characters or other story elements, if I want to, and I'm grateful if the artists take them into account.

...I note with some embarrassment that I'm apt to send in more material regarding the animals in a story than the people.

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How long does it take you to write a book?

Totally depends on the book! And on what else is happening at the time. Things happen more slowly during agility trial season, for instance. But for a Nocturne, I'm generally working on a 4-month time frame, and during that period I might also be handling short story or proposal work. A longer, more intricate book will obviously take longer to write, too.

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Why would anyone name a horse Pluto Gladys?

Lipizzan colts are named after their mother and the sire line--of which there are only six.  Duncan's sire line comes from the Danish horse Pluto; his dam's name was Gladys.  The somewhat less than dignified stallion names of, for instance, "Pluto Barbie" and "Pluto Gladys" helped instigate the ruling that mare names must end with an "a," in the hopes this would foster more Piber-like choices.

Unfortunately, this didn't do anything to help the colts born of the mare Erotica.

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What's Blue Hound Visions?

Blue Hound Visions is the business name I took years ago, when I was actively pursuing both my art and my writing and needed a creative name that was versatile enough to encompass both activities.  Now it serves me just as well for my web page work.

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What are you doing up at 3am working on this web page?

Darn good question.

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What do spellcheckers like to do to your name?

Let's just say that one should always look before accepting spellchecker corrections. That would cut down on the letters I receive that start, "Dear Drano..."

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