This week’s guest post is over at Presenting Lenore, where I talk about Mary Russell’s YA appeal and how my own teenage years informed The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.
I’m finding this blog tour very enjoyable. I’m not only having the opportunity to read interesting tit-bits about BEEK and its author, but I’m being introduced to some intriguing blog sites. When the Fifteen Weeks are up I fear I will go into withdrawals. No weekly Russell serial blog, no contests to enter, no tweets on Twitter, no checking MySpace, Goodreads, and Facebook, no weekly guest blog. Whatever shall I do? I guess I’ll just have to console myself by reading LANG over and over. 😉 –Alice
This was really lovely. I liked the points you addressed about both characters: Russell being malleable and Holmes being reshaped. I loved the way you worded it. I think its true too in the world of Russell and Holmes. He shaped her, but she was shaping him as well. To me this is a lovely thing about their marriage and the way a real marriage and/or real partnership works.
I also retreated into books as a kid. I started with The Three Investigators, then moved to Sherlock Holmes, then Stephen King (must to the consternation of my 7th grade teachers who said I should not be reading it), then back to Holmes. I preferred holding my company with books rather than my peers because I could learn from them. Holmes was especially held high in that regard. I’d say next to the canon, the one book that impacted me most in my youth was “The Elephant Man” which was a biography of John Merrick. I’d never read or known of a case of humanity shining so brightly as his did. I think it partially nudged me along my career path as well.
It’s ok Alice. There’s always the VBC and I suppose audiobooks…Oh and that other yahoo site ;). Ms. Russell needs a vacation too you know ;).