pinterest: dreamy and whimsical
Perhaps these words are not ones spoken to me by a living human being, but they certainly seem to echo through my head every time I visit Jenny Freitag's writing blog, The Penslayer (answer "a" was correct!). She is not a penslayer in name only, and continues to astonish me with her splendid excerpts of Adamantine and Plenilune (are those not captivating titles?). True to her form, the questions Jenny gave me for the interview were witty and well-researched, and I had a lot of fun coming up with creative answers. Be sure to venture over, but not before sharpening the nib on your quill.
“The Weald is good, the Downs are best— / I’ll give you the run of ‘em, East to West. / Beachy Head and Winddoor Hill, / They were once and they are still,” said Rudyard Kipling. It must have been really hard for Violet to leave Eastbourne and the beautiful Sussex coast, but which place stole your heart most as you wrote: Sussex or America?
I was surprised at how easily I fell in love with Eastbourne, a place that was only supposed to fill the beginning pages of my book. But if I had paused to think on the matter for a moment, it would not have been so shocking. In truth, I have but a passing interest in great cities in general and New York City in particular. Touring London, Rome, and Paris would be the surreal fulfillment of a lifelong dream, but I wouldn’t want to call those cities home. They hold charm for me only in theory; once you are physically there, the noise and dirt and traffic rather block out any perceived dream you formerly held. But the ocean . . . oh, to call the seaside home! In Edna St. Vincent Millay’s words, “I have a need of water near.”
Click here to read the full interview at The Penslayer.