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July 19, 2013



It's interesting to see how red-heads have changed in our tales. Not so long ago, red hair had poor connotations. Fiery tempers. Soulless. The stigma of Lilith most likely had the biggest hand in doing in that, and it's one of the less common hair colors and we usually cling first to the familiar. But recently, more and more red haired heroines have been springing up. The Weasleys from Harry Potter and Clary from The Immortal Instruments for two big examples. I think now it's associated with strength and spirit. Everyone's red-head crazy.
And it's a quite pretty color to boot


I love this chapter-- such suspense! A quick question for you: in River Secrets, you introduce Dasha, one of my absolute favorite characters. Have you ever considered writing a book from her perspective (I would love to see what she REALLY thinks about Enna...)?


Oooh! I love Robin McKinley's books, and I love your books. This post is awesome :) Those are really pretty great illustrations. And I love Enna in this chapter; she may be my favorite character in this series.


Is Dasha the only redhead on the continent? Razo acted like he'd never seen one before, and then he knows she's back in the city when he's counting colored head scarfs she's one of the only "orange" heads.
Angie-I read an interview from J. K. Rowling somewhere where she said, "I happen to like red hair as well as weasels."


Wonderful post! I love the illustrations, too.


Great post! I love the illustrations, too.


Oops! Sorry, I thought the first one didn't go through.


It's funny that you mention Ani's personality, because when I read The Goose Girl for the first time I was surprised to find that I could relate more to Ani than to any other novel's protagonist. I would love to meet her for real - we could have such a fun conversation.


I absolutely love those illustrations! It's so interesting to compare what I see in my head to an artist's depiction of characters I love. While what I imagine is similar to Arthur Rackham's artwork, his perspective adds a whole other depth to the fantasy!


I have a lot of questions.

What countries are Kel, Tira, and Kildenree based off of, if any? How about their accents?

Did you know that Bayern is a brewery in Missoula, Montana?

Is Ani/Isi capable of making an F5 tornado with her powers?

Do Enna and Finn have any children? How about Dasha and Razo?

Would ice-speaking be linked to water-speaking, or would it be a different branch entirely?


Hey, I have that book with those particular illustrations! I'm going to have to take it down again and peruse it for more storytelling ideas. :3

Also, I've notice that you like to adapt fairytales, having done three so far with The Goose Girl, Rapunzel's Revenge, and Book of a Thousand Days. I'm in love with fairytales because of all the possibility that they represent, all of the magic in them. I was wondering if you were drawn to adapt these tales for the same reasons, or were there others?


One day at work I had gone out to get the mail on my way I was almost to the back glass door with my arms full of mail. When I got caught in a little dust devil and I had super long hair at the time and the wind caught my hair and sent it flying all around me. In the brief moment of in decision trying to decide if I should grab my hair with my one free hand or reach for the door. I caught a glimpse of myself in the reflection and thought I look like Ani in Goose Girl. One of the guys in the office hurried to the door to open it for me and said "it probably wasn't as dire as it looked, but that was crazy."

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