Welcome Wendy Laharnar, author of The Unhewn Stone

I’m pleased to say Wendy’s book, The Unhewn Stone, placed in two categories in recent the Preditors and Editors Poll, 3rd in Young Adults and 2nd for e-book Cover Artwork (done by Tiger Matthews). For more on this delightful lady and her book, see below: Thank you for inviting me to your place Heather. I’m delighted to be here. Wendy LaharnarThe Alchemist Whether planting characters in a modern romance or trapping them on alien planets or in prehistoric caves, writers create worlds and situations to tell their stories. Some see themselves as gods. I don’t. I see myself as the Alchemist. I love symbolism, so it is natural I should gravitate to the art of the ancient alchemists who used physical symbols as metaphors to hide their spiritual philosophies which conflicted with the Medieval Church. As the alchemist, my aim is to create my Opus Magnum or Great Work, so in my novel, The Unhewn Stone, I focus on the alchemist’s three prime elements: sulphur (fire), mercury (water) and salt (form). The Alchemist strove to find the right balance between these minerals to produce the sacred elixir (philosopher’s stone) that would transmute base metal into gold. The process led him from ignorance to enlightenment. So I take a blank page, add verbs, nouns and prepositions, and strive to do the same.Ideas bubble and boil in the apparatus in my laboratory. Characters and conflicts fuse into scenes and bake in the self-feeding furnace of my imagination. The result is a jumble of words like chemical experiments. Some work, some don’t. So I seek the sacred elixir, which I call creative juice, to transform chaos into order. To do this, I turn to the alchemist’s symbols for direction. I become sulphur, the Sun, the omnipresent spirit of life. I am mercury, the…

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