Friday, 30 November 2007

Zooming in to Spinners

Hi. I'm Zara Penney. I'm a writer from forever. Although I have worked and been published in a totally different genre - children as a both a writer and illustrator - I am new to writing for grown ups. Well lets say, not exactly new, but my time was taken up with other efforts.

One day though, I stood in the shower and a line came through to me, it was a new muse. The grown up muse that wanted me to just flutter out of the cocoon I'd nestled quite comfortably into and flitter off like a butterfly. Which is what I did.

The first story that I'd done, was sent to Cheryl here, as an editor for the venue in which it was published - and it was love at first sight. Me for Cheryl, and (gulp) Cheryl for... well let's just say she rang and we liked each other. Waves at Cheryl to confirm above theory.

Thus encouraged, we proceeded to the anthology. And with it came my beautiful character. Sharra Akasha.

And so Sharra Akasha who is related to the gypsy Alishandra - the one who owns the Enchanted Faerie. Indeed she is Sharra's aunt. Sharra's dream is that of catching the eye of the wonderful, handsome Greggie Donald. Hence the story - THE SECUREMENT OF GREGGIE DONALD.

I do mostly modern contemporary modern comedy and because my nature is that of a romantic soul, mostly romantic.

I do love history though. And wouldn't you know it, but there was a exhibition of shoes, one pair even dated to 1680. I stood in front of this pair and thought "Wow!" Sharra might wear these - or would she since she's a young gypsy who has an indulgent granny who lets her run wild, much to the chagrin of her aunt Alishandra, since Sharra plays such an important role in the future welfare of her kind.

I enjoyed Scotland so much, I didn't want to move away from it too quickly. I had a gaggle of wonderful words, and a mood, that I've now done the last closing chapters of a book set in the Highlands. It's not historical, but somewhere in there, might have wandered Sharra centuries ago.

Romance Spinners nestled happily in our little tree, and bonded so much, we have become the spinners. We want to catch you in our web, and make you welcome, though not as dinner. No. No. No. We want you to feel as comfortable with us as we feel with each other. We want to take you on a journey with us into where-ever our little adventures take us.

So come my darlings. You are caught in the web.


EJ McKenna said...

Hey Zara,
I loved the Sharra was so intent on Greggie Donald (Greggie Donald, Greggie Donald!)

I had such a smile on my face while reading your story. In fact, I kept grinning with all of them. I am so glad I had mine written before I read anyone else's, otherwise I would have been too intimidated to put two words together :-)

Zara Penney said...

Me too. I grinned like a turkey (gobble gobble) - after I'd read all of them and jumped around saying

"Hot diggity dog"


Holly Greenfield said...

I like how you put Sharra (Barbie) in the tree. As soon as I saw the pic I thought of your opening.