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  1. People have freaked out when I tell them that my dragons are scientifically based… what else can you call a genetically engineered life form?
  2. The thing is, emotion — if it’s visibly felt by the writer — will go through all the processes it takes to publish a story and still hit the reader right in the gut. But you have to really mean it.
  3. I have my good days and my bad days, but I don’t have as much energy as I used to back when I was young and foolish and didn’t count the cost — and it takes a lot — to write.
  4. Writing has been so much a part of my life that I’m really quite annoyed that I can’t do as much as I used to.
  5. What I used to do between writing fits was feed my kids, ride my horse and go shopping for cat and dog food.
  6. That’s what writing is all about, after all, making others see what you have put down on the page and believing that it does, or could, exist and you want to go there.
  7. At age 77, I need the help of someone with more energy than I can now summon to finish a book.
  8. I do outlines when I’m writing with someone, but they also need to have a certain amount of freedom.
  9. Because we build the worlds we wouldn’t mind living in. They contain scary things, problems, but also a sense of rightness that makes them alive and makes us want to live there.
  10. I don’t often reread my own books, unless I am going into another in the series and need to refresh my mood when originating the concept.
  11. I wouldn’t encourage new writers to start off publishing through electronic media… it still isn’t wide enough for the readership they would need to get a good start.
  12. But I will say that living in Ireland has changed the cadence and fullness of speech, since the Irish love words and use as many of them in a sentence as possible.
  13. A good story is a good story no matter who wrote it.
  14. I have written my own screen version of Pern, but had no buyers yet.
  15. That’s such a thrill — a story I wrote at the beginning of my career, and it’s still packin’ the house.
  16. I didn’t raise Todd to be a writer, but he happened to be one anyway.
  17. I’m 78, I’m on my pension in Ireland, and all that good stuff.
  18. I did not have a chance to write novels until my youngest child started school fulltime.
  19. But Ship Who Sang remains my favorite story. I really rocked folks with that and still cannot read it aloud myself without weeping at the end.




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