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I find it interesting what books I gravitate towards when I go to the local library, as I did today, with my son Vincent. Today I got four books – two were about queens of England around (but before) the Tudor period, and two were about true crime. Queens and crime. Hmmm. Must mean something.

At any rate, I have already decided that one of the true crime books is not to my liking so am left with three books. The one I have started reading is the remaining true crime books and I am now almost half way through it. I believe I have developed my interest in true crime because I am deeply interested in why people do what they do, especially “serious” crimes like murder.

I also think this psychological interest is what allows me to write successfully in voice - I spend much time researching my subject prior to adopting his/her/its voice. I have written as a rat on a slave ship, a button on a shirt (ok, I didn't really research that one much) and as a torturer. None of these things am I , yet I was able to write as if I was fairly well, at least in the opinion of my instructor. :)

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Comment by Patricia Seeley on May 30, 2009 at 10:53pm
LOL - Yes, we have the white color scheme as well. Thankfully, it doesn't last too long here. But, it does make the trees, bushes, etc. look absolutely beautiful. We have a HUGE tree in our backyard which is simply stunning with snow and ice on it.
Comment by Carolyn Stearns on May 30, 2009 at 10:33pm
I drive through Virginia once in awhile as my daughter lives in NC . My son fell in love with Dinwiddie County when we got off the highway to visit anouther civil war battlefield. It sure is green down that way. We are plenty green and pretty up here in Ct. now but in 6 months white is the color scheme.
Comment by Patricia Seeley on May 30, 2009 at 9:41pm
I've never read any Dick Francis myself, but he was one of my dad's favorite writers. I will give him a try. :) I will definitely look up Coming to Light. Sounds great. Thanks.

I live in SW VA now, but spent the majority of my youth in the Southwest. Loved AZ - lived in Phoenix for many years before moving to the Four Corners area. There are few places in the US more beautiful in their way than the 4 corners. Of course, where I live now is also beautiful - sort of like green on drugs it is SO green here. It is kind of rural here in a suburban sort of way. Very small town. I'd never go back to live in the SW, but I would definitely like to revisit.
Comment by Carolyn Stearns on May 30, 2009 at 9:27pm
In rereading your post this many hours later Dick Francis came to mind. Have you read his work speaking of Queens and mysteries. In case you didnt know he was once the Queens jockey and retired from riding to writing mysteries and crime who dunit books.
Your time on the reservation sounds fascinating and you should look up the book Coming to Light, the portrait of Geronimo is incredible, but they all are, especially considering he developed them in a tent and took them with the glass plates. I've not been to the real west yet but will one day and it is getting closer.
Comment by Patricia Seeley on May 30, 2009 at 2:32pm
Definitely! I don't know where I would be without books. I started reading very young. When we used to go to the library when I was a kid, I would check out 20 books to last me 2 weeks. I often ran out of books before it was time to go back to the library.

The Curits book sounds great - I lived on the Navajo reservation when I was a teenager and spent my Sophomore through Senior year in high school there. It was a fantastic experience and taught me a lot.
Comment by Carolyn Stearns on May 30, 2009 at 1:35pm
Hmmm at the library I got 2 Kipling but not the Jungle Book my house is wild enough! At a book sale I got one of African folktales with animals of course, a fictional Kipling which prompted the reading of the other Kipling along with interest in Kiplings home in Brattleboro Vt. and Jackson Gilman's workshop there. My other choice Edward S. Curtis "Coming To lLght" a story & photos of Curtis's work photographing Native Americans and that calls to my Wild West interests and love of photography. Dont you just love a good book week!

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