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Monday, September 19, 2016

The 'magical' world of writing

“I just love writing. It's magical, it's somewhere else to go, it's somewhere much more dreadful, somewhere much more exciting. Somewhere I feel I belong, possibly more than in the so-called real world.” –  Tanith Lee

The proilific Lee, born on this date in 1947 (and who died last year), produced an amazing body of work in science fiction, horror, and fantasy.   She was the author of over 90 novels and 300 short stories, a children's picture book (Animal Castle), and many poems.   And, she was the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award best novel award for her book Death's Master.

Despite her success with adult fiction, a large part of her output was children's fantasy, which spanned her entire career from The Dragon Hoard in 1971 (her first book) to the more recent The Claidi Journals containing Wolf Tower, Wolf Star, Wolf Queen and Wolf Wing.

Much of her work, she said, came from "small things" rather than major inspirations, and as to her preference for what she liked to write, she replied, “Writing is writing, and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction. And even there, who can be sure?  I just write.”
As for who should write, she said simply,                                
“Writers tell stories better, because they've had more practice, but EVERYONE has a book in them. Yes, that old cliche.  I believe it's true.”

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