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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

Uncovered...

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Here it is! Creative James Media revealed The Winged Child cover today. The book will be out in February. Diana Toledo Calçado at Triumph Book Covers came up with a great design that evokes the images I carried in my head while I wrote the novel. It has been a long journey to this point for Millicent McTeer and me, and I'm hopeful and deeply grateful to find our tale in such capable and empathetic hands. Henry's books . If you would like Follow.it to deliver The Winged Child directly to your email inbox, click here .

It's happening...

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A busy July ahead for Millicent McTeer, The Winged Child . Galleys will arrive any day now, and Creative James Media will reveal the cover around the middle of the month. There's a lot yet to do before The Winged Child flies in February. Millicent's mentor, the púca, Wendl will appear in a short story, Abigail's Feast , included in an upcoming anthology from the same publisher. Wendl is also the protagonist in my current work-in-progress, a novel with the working title, Wendl the Fallen. I wouldn't be surprised if Millicent doesn't show up in that one, too. My characters tend to survive past their books, like a company of traveling thespians, popping up again in various guises down the road in somebody else's story.   Henry's books . If you would like Follow.it to deliver The Winged Child directly to your email inbox, click here . 

While we wait...

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  What does an author do while he waits for his book to come out? He writes the next one, of course. Wendl VonTrier, The Winged Child's mentor and guardian is in process of getting a novel all his own. He and his kin also star in a couple of short stories to appear soon in upcoming anthologies. Millicent McTeer's parents are getting on with their lives after their Winged Child's big adventure. Unless the author gets carried off to the Laurel himself, there's likely to be another tale about Joshua McTeer and Amelia Montford somewhere in the future.  Meanwhile, Francis (above) and I are waiting for Winged Child galleys, and there will be a marvelous cover to show you any day now, thanks to the graphic wizardry at Creative James Media . I've seen it, and it's a wowser. A lot is happening between now and February when The Winged Child flies. To get the latest on The Winged Child delivered to your mailbox, click here .   Henry's books .