Today I’m interviewing exquisite author Wendy Laharnar. Her writing craftsmanship is superb. I’ve read her novel and short stories and can’t stop talking about them. Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of one of Wendy’s e-books.
Thanks for inviting me to your place and for your generous introduction, Suzanne. You make me blush, but I am very happy you enjoyed my stories.
Wendy, I fell in love with the little bull calf in your short chapter-book, Billy the Bonsai Bull. Could you please tell us about it?
I loved Billy too. He was real. He had such a sweet nature but he could be stubborn.
I raised Billy from three weeks of age. He was more difficult than the calves I had raised from birth who knew only me as their mother. Somehow, I had to keep Billy alive until he was old enough to fend for himself, but Billy knew he had a cow for his real mother and he missed her, so wasn’t as accepting of me. He enjoyed being patted by the children, but he desperately wanted to belong to the herd. The trouble was, he settled for a false friend, just so he could fit in. This increased his sadness and he didn’t grow or thrive. I had to find a way to make him happy and that meant thinking like a cow.
My son is an animal lover and I’m sure he’ll really enjoy this story.
I hope so. I wrote the story for my husband and me, but it really suits children because it deals with loss, loneliness, bullying and friendship. Being set on an Australian farm might interest readers in other countries too.
I’ve also recently read The Unhewn Stone and was impressed with first of all, your writing abilities, and secondly, with this intriguing world you have so finely woven. Could you tell our readers about it?
Thank you, Suzanne. As you know, The Unhewn Stone is set in
Switzerland. It begins in the
present, but Stefan, the inn keeper’s son, is transported back to 1307AD and
the time of Wilhelm Tell. Stefan belongs to the family of Tell’s enemy so is
attempting to prevent the legend from happening for reasons of family honour.
In his adventure, Stefan encounters his ancestors, is befriended by his ancient
cousin, pursued by an evil knight and shape-shifting sibyl, and meets all kinds
of medieval characters who help or hinder him along the way.
Stefan is proud of his superiority but soon learns more about himself and relationships in the 14th century than he did in the 21st century. I learnt more about myself, too, and while writing and researching The Unhewn Stone I discovered that Stefan’s philosophy had become mine.
I place this novel up there with Lord of the Ring. It’s that good.
Oh me, oh my, I wish…J That is an amazing thing to say, Suzanne. Thank you!
Wendy, tell us about your everyday life. Do you write all day, or do you have a day job and secretly write in the darkness of night or in the wee hours of dawn?
I used to write in the wee small hours when I had a day job. All-nighters were quite common too, especially when editing my accepted manuscripts. I also wrote scenes in the body of an email for half an hour before work and would send them to my home computer. By the end of the week it was amazing how much of the work in progress I had ready to edit.
Now that I am supposedly free to write at any time, my self-discipline has flown out the window. It is quite a struggle to find the time for my new novel, what with the self-promotion and promoting other worthy novelists. However, when I am inside my stories I find the most pleasure and am amazed by the surprises.
I sure know what you mean. I have the same difficulties. Wendy, where can we buy your books?
The Unhewn Stone is an ebook at
The short stories, Happiness Guaranteed, Billy the Bonsai Bull, A Summer Squall are also available at kobo and the above venues, but can be easily found all in the one place at the muse it up bookstore
Thank you, Wendy for such a lovely interview. I feel like I’ve been sitting in your living room having a cup of tea with you. Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win an e-book copy of one of Wendy’s novels.
Suzanne, it has been a delight to visit your refreshing blog. Thank you for having me here, today.