Saturday, June 11, 2016


The Covington Chronicles by Mary Lou Cheatham: Secret Promise, The Courtship of Miss Loretta Larson, The Dream Bucket, Manuela Blayne, and a work in progress about Trudy’s boyfriend Jeremy Smitherlin. Sarah Walker Gorrell is co-authoring the w-i-p.

Fiction in Bible Times: Abi of Cyrene.

Some of my point-of-view characters are young adolescents. Most readers who comment love the characters, some ask why, and a few readers dislike looking at the world through young eyes.
In the famous poem, "The Rainbow,"William Wordsworth used the expression, "The child is father of the man." This expression means that all our positive and negative traits are established when we are young.

Although I frequently write through young eyes, I seldom write just for children. I seek to develop situations in which those who read can see their own inside thoughts or those of others.

Reading on different levels is one of the delights of enjoying novels. Think of some of the books about children or written simply enough for children to comprehend the vocabulary. These have not been merely children’s books just because they may have appeared as such when examined lightly.

Here are a few “children’s books” relished by adults: (I’m not recommending or denouncing these. I’m merely saying some books are written for readers regardless of age.)

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Quoting William Wordsworth's Poem:

The Child Is the Father of the Man

My heart leaps up when I behold
A Rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety