Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Author Quirks: Donita K. Paul

Next up is Donita K. Paul, author of The Vanishing Sculptor. I asked her:

What's a quirky or little-known fact about yourself, your writing, and/or one of your novels? (For example, you can tell us about a non-standard pet you have, an unusual way you do your writing, a strange real life incident that inspired a scene in one of your novels, or so on.)

Donita K. Paul's answer:

Among writing circles, we often discuss POV (point of view) which is a mainstay of good fiction when you get it right.

I remember a great book by a multi-published author. In this book, for about two paragraphs, the author used the horse’s POV. It was funny and fit...So I decided to have an animal character with a POV.

Dragons would have been too simple, so I chose a parrot. Not any old parrot, mind you, but a grand parrot, wise and opinionated and a bit proud. Sir Beccaroon is the character in The Vanishing Sculptor who can talk, plan, reason, and behave as much like a human as he is able in his bird body.

Ms. Paul, I enjoyed Sir Beccaroon's POV, so I'd say you pulled it off well. Thank you for taking the time to tell us more about your writing process.

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