IWSG Day, Dewi Sant, and Susanna Kearsley's Latest


It's Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

You ready? Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

March 2 question - Have you ever been conflicted about writing a story or adding a scene to a story? How did you decide to write it or not?

The awesome co-hosts for the March 2 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, Pat Garcia, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

Thank you to the co-hosts!

Answer: I'm not usually conflicted about specific scenes, unless the story takes a darker turn that I might not be prepared for, but this hasn't really happened yet.

I am actually conflicted right now about a certain plot point: I'm trying to figure out what might be the most surprising, yet plausible, twist that would best fit the plot as it stands of my WiP. Thinking of two characters in the past who might have switched roles, or something that happened to the characters' ancestors during World War II... I'm open to ideas!

Yesterday was Dewi Sant, or Saint David's Day, in Wales.

Reading Wales 2022 is going on all month!

I think I might reread some Dylan Thomas and Edwyn Bevan! And listen to some of my Welsh playlists...

A new book!

The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley

"There are many who believe they know what happened, but they do not know the whole of it. The rumours spread, and grow, and take their hold, and so to end them I have been persuaded now to take my pen in hand and tell the story as it should be told… Autumn, 1707. Old enemies from the Highlands to the Borders are finding common ground as they join to protest the new Union with England, the French are preparing to launch an invasion to carry the young exiled Jacobite king back to Scotland to reclaim his throne, and in Edinburgh the streets are filled with discontent and danger.

When a young widow, Lily Aitcheson, comes forward to collect her lost husband’s wages, former soldier Adam Williamson is assigned to investigate her petition. As Lily tells her story, Adam has only days to discover if she’s being honest, or if his own feelings are making him blind to the truth. But sinister figures lurk in the background – is Adam being used as a pawn in an increasingly treacherous game?

Told in dual timelines, The Vanished Days is a captivating story of intrigue, adventure, romance—and the bold courage to hope when it seems all hope is lost."

I've been attending Susanna Kearsley's workshops at the Surrey International Writers' Conference for two years now, and always find them inspiring! Somehow, it's taken me this long to move her books up the To Read pile. This one is brilliant!

"Dual timeline" seems to suggest straightforward alternating chapters, but the book is much more intricately woven than that. There are time warps and date wefts, and character motivation threads weaving in and out all over. It was easy to become attracted to the characters right away and feel close to them, and I was very excited by the author's note at the end that refers to some of her other books that feature ancestors of the characters in this one -- I love interconnected books, even when they work as standalones.

The language and settings were also vivid, seeming familiar even when separated from us by about 300 years. All that, and an unreliable narrator!

You can read the first chapter on Susanna Kearsley's website!

What kinds of twists do you enjoy in stories?


Natalie Aguirre said…
Good luck figuring out the right plot twists. I'm in the middle of writing my climax and hope that I've created the right number of plot twists that my critique partners didn't see coming.
The second idea sounds interesting.
cleemckenzie said…
Whatever way you go, I'm sure it will be the right one.
Anonymous said…
Plot twists that are plausible are always a challenge. Far too many authors, even big-name bestsellers, pull stuff out of nowhere, making for a pretty mediocre story. Both of your ideas are nuggets to mine - maybe write both and see which one you like best.
Hi Deniz - Susanna's book sounds intriguing and has high recommendation from another of your favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon. St Dvaid's Day has not been highlighted that much in view of other world orders - which I do hope will have a peaceful ending.

Papers and IDs were no doubt lost often in those years pre WW2 ... while new opportunities overseas arose ... so choices for you - perhaps?

Cheers - good luck with all - Hilary
Yes, Deniz, writing about my war experiences as fiction leaves me with the problem of disguising the characters as best I can, and writing fiction for children is a minefield. Kind regards, Carole.
CLM said…
I've been saving that new Kearlsey until I finish my grad school Capstone. I thought it was done on Friday but my professor found several things for me to rework, alas.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks for visiting, everyone!