I already told another blog-tourer–Sarah Sawyer–about the pre-origin of The Charlatan’s Boy; it involves a little girl who dreams of kangaroos, and you can read it here [ http://www.sarahsawyer.com/blog/ ]. But the original story about the kangaroo dreamer really didn’t look anything like The Charlatan’s Boy. The Charlatan’s Boy really began to take shape when I wrote the first sentence which came to me unbidden and fully formed: “I don’t remember one thing about the day I was born.” Before I knew it, I had a boy shut up in a wagon box that used to be used for a dancing bear, and the story began to tell itself.
Q2: How do you start the creative process of writing a fantasy book?
Q3: How long did it take you to write the book, from conception of the idea to the end?
I wrote that first sentence in July 2008, in a cabin at Alpine Camp for Boys in Mentone, Alabama (great camp, by the way). I finished it in early 2010. So 18-20 months. That’s a very long time for me.
Q4: Have you ever seen a real live feechie in person, or just in you imagination? 🙂
I wrote about an old boy who inspired the whole tribe of feechiefolks here: http://jonathan-rogers.com/?p=239.
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