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Congratulations to Tuesday's winner, Chris C., with Alachua County Library District.
Today's guest author, Cora Harrison, says...
"I write from nine o'clock in the morning until two in the afternoon and when the hour strikes, I go, sometimes without even finishing the sentence."
Not said by me, but by one of the most famous authors in the world, Charles Dickens.
My relationship with Dickens began when I was seven years old and has lasted for over seventy years of reading and rereading my favourite books: novels, speeches, letters, journalistic output, I have read them all again and again.
I was a very sickly child between the ages of seven and fourteen and lurched from bouts of pneumonia, pleurisy and emphysema to life-threatening asthma. I was in and out of hospital, and oddly, no one ever thought much about educating me. In the 1940s children's books were extremely expensive and our house was full of the classics, Thackeray, Trollope, Walter Scott, and of course, Charles Dickens. So I read and re-read these leather bound old books.
I think my first book was David Copperfield and then I moved on to Great Expectations and one by one devoured them all. As I soon became a very rapid reader and I had long dreary hours of pain and discomfort to endure, I read those books again and again.
And so, when I took up writing books after my retirement, it was inevitable that Dickens would influence me and that his approach to writing would be my guide.
Like the great man, himself, I get up at seven in the morning. There are two large dogs to be exercised in the fields of the farm where I now live, breakfast to be eaten, stacking the dishwasher, the perfunctory sweeping of the kitchen floor--and all the time my mind is turning over the morning's work.
And then, precisely at nine o'clock, I start work. Not with a quill, but with a computer, a Microsoft Word file, and an Excel spreadsheet where I can record my daily word count and comment on the development of the plot. Being considerably older than Charles Dickens, and not relying on my output to fund an expensive lifestyle, I work only until 11:00. And then I go.
Though, so far, never mid-sentence.
An Unjust Judge my latest book, a crime novel about a sixteenth century Brehon lawyer, named Mara, which is set in the Burren, near to where I live, is, I think, about my fifty-fourth book to be published, so you can see that the disciplined writing habits which I learned from Charles Dickens have paid off.
I hope you enjoyed the little insight into my life and I'd love to hear from you.
You can reach Cora at, email@example.com Please be sure to put Cora Harrison on the subject line.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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"Phoebe never hated her husband more than when she visited him in prison." They meet as teenagers: Phoebe recognizes Jake's fire--but not his dark talent for deception. When he reveals his crimes, her panic and desire to protect her family collide. My fascination with this story began the day Madoff's scheme broke. Her pain, media theorizing, and his facade captured me. Combining research and 'what if,' from Brooklyn to penthouse to prison, from fact to fiction.
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