I love to tell a good story! And life, in its myriad forms, supplies so much inspiration! Even getting tagged for a random Customs inspection, as my husband and I did on a recent trip to Canada, offers interesting information that can become grist for the story mill. Sometimes I feel like one of those scanning security cameras you see in stores—taking it all in, making mental notes, and already imagining how I might use any given moment, in a story.
My new novel, Commune of Women, has seven main characters, each of whom tells her life story during the course of the book. Because they’re so diverse, I got to write seven radically different lives, which was both fun and challenging. In the process, I dipped into many caches of memory: my childhood among the living remnants of California’s Gold Rush and migrants from the Dust Bowl, and as the daughter of two latter day pioneers; my doctoral studies in depth psychology; my familiarity with art and artists and with the creative process; a brief sojourn in the suburbs of LA; acquaintance with inmates and street people, from my years teaching in a men’s prison; and friendships with people from diverse cultures. Whatever I couldn’t supply from personal experience was carefully researched—another truly enjoyable process.
From earliest childhood I’ve loved to read. The adventure of an unfolding narrative, the beauty of language well used and flowing and the surprise of character revealed are all deeply compelling for me. My greatest ambition, as a writer, is to inspire such a response in my readers. If I can pull them into deep involvement with my plot and characters I will be delighted; the happiest of writers!
Author’s Blog: http://suzanstillcommune.blogspot.com
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