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Lisa's place...

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In Drovers Gap, boundaries are permeable. The line between Ordinary and Other Side (where the people in books are at least as real as those we meet on the street) becomes exceeding thin, especially during the change of seasons, or at the edge between day and night. The Main Muse and I took a long walk this afternoon. It was getting dark as we came back into town so we decided to take a shortcut down Pine Street. Apparently, we made a wrong turn and wandered into the Laurel Creek Containment District, for suddenly, the street made a sharp turn and there was Lisa Charon's Long Broad Hotel right in front of us. Henry's books . If you would like Follow.it to deliver The Winged Child blog directly to your email inbox, click here .

Puckish....

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The characters in The Winged Child tend to escape their books. They are ever seeking new worlds to inhabit. A few of them have appeared in previous tales, and several have dropped by my current work-in-progress with apparent intention to stay and participate.  While The Winged Child is grinding through the publisher's mill toward release in February, this blog will be providing you an introduction to some of those puckish personalities, and some you may meet in future tales yet unborn. This novel won't end with a "goodbye" but a "see you around." Henry's books . If you would like Follow.it to deliver The Winged Child blog directly to your email inbox, click here .

Vinia's world...

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Millicent McTeer discovers Vinia's world in a teacup. Meet Vinia for yourself and explore her realm in The Winged Child , coming this February from Creative James Media .   Henry's books . If you would like Follow.it to deliver The Winged Child blog directly to your email inbox, click here .

A mind of her own...

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I began writing The Winged Child before I had any expectation it would ever be published. I only knew Millicent McTeer’s tale was a story I needed to know. The only way for me to know was to start writing. In the beginning, and for a while after, I wasn’t sure if I would be around to finish Millicent’s story. I thought, if I did, it would likely be my last novel. Now, Millicent has found a home with a publisher, Creative James Media , who plan to turn her loose on the world in February. Meanwhile I’m working on another novel I may not finish. Every day is a surprise. So far, Millicent has not made an appearance in my current work-in-progress, but it’s still early, I wouldn’t rule that out. She habitually shows up in unlikely places. Like all my characters, she has a mind of her own. I just write what they tell me.   Henry's books . If you would like Follow.it to deliver The Winged Child blog directly to your email inbox, click here .

The setting....

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  The Winged Child is a made-up tale about made-up characters in a made-up landscape. The characters do resemble to greater or lesser degree actual people I have met some time or other. The settings, too, while not corresponding precisely to anything you might find on a map, do look a lot like places I have passed through here and there. If you could find your way around Asheton in the novel, you wouldn't get lost in Asheville, North Carolina. Shelton Crossing in the Laurel Creek Containment District looks a lot like Hot Springs North Carolina some decades past. The Long Broad could pass for the French Broad and Pigeon Rivers in our world. If you've ever hiked in the Richland and Plott Balsam mountains in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of western North Carolina, you would be right at home in the High Balsams with Millicent McTeer. The Shaconage would fit neatly into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the North Carolina-Tennessee border. In fact, Shaconage is the o

Welcome the wanderer...

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  On page twenty-five of The Winged Child , Amelia Montford, Millicent McTeer's mother, sings this little song to a suppertime crowd at Hillhaven Inn. A reader at home in a liturgical Christian tradition might see it as a Eucharistic image. The author won't deny that the song could be about that, too, and Millicent herself would be convinced that everybody who hungers is welcome at God's table, whether the table is set at Hillhaven Inn, or in a refugee camp, or if one can't find a better place, even in church. Welcome to the wanderer, the stranger at our door, It matters not your origin, if you be rich or poor, We only ask your right good will to share our humble feast, We'll drink health to the mightiest and drink joy to the least, for none is lesser than the rest and none the more than all who gather at our table here to fill our love-lit hall.   The Winged Child is coming February 2022 from Creative James Media . Henry's books . If you would like

Millicent meets the Queen's Crown...

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From The Winged Child:        Millicent found it in a fold in the rock, obscured by vines, a cleft so narrow they had to drop their packs to squeeze through. A glimmer of light ahead and a draft of cool moist air on their faces met them halfway, and another five minutes of confined squirming brought them through to a narrow glen. Dappled sunlight filtered down through towering spruce and fir. Beyond the trees, tumbles and steeps of fractured schist and gneiss rose on all sides. Variegated mosses and lichen clung to the stones and the trunks of the trees, pendanted from their lower branches, blanketed the ground. Everywhere, from this living carpet, emerged hundreds, no, thousands of Queen’s Crown lilies arrayed in colors known and inconceivable. Hues that were seen with the eye and felt on the skin and heard in the ear, mind washing, soul cleansing color, pure and deep and intense beyond any measure and definition.   The Winged Child is coming February 2022 from Creative James M