Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell
Today is my stop on the Harper and the Night Forest blog tour and I am here with a brilliant guest post by Cerrie! First though, here’s some info on the book.
About the Book
by Cerrie Burnell
It’s a curious thing writing with dyslexia, a combination of something completely unexpected but perfectly natural. And the act of writing is the very last thing to happen. Before a single word is scribbled on a page, the world of the book must begin. The landscape your characters inhabit can come from anywhere, a single drop of grey rain can trigger a memory of when you were ten and you got caught in thunderstorm and suddenly you have a colour scheme for the sky of your world.
When I sat down to begin writing, I had Harper’s universe mapped out, from the clouds and stars, down to the white tipped tale of her cat Midnight. The wonderful thing about dyslexia is that the world of the book is very real; it springs up around you without having to try, so the writing can be like keeping a diary or a dream journal where you recount an adventure.
That doesn’t mean to say it always comes easily or that it’s not confusing or frustrating. Sometimes different parts of the story exist in your mind simultaneously and your job as the writer is to make sense of it all. Choosing the right language to try and reflect the books landscape and let the story unfold is key. It wasn’t until I began typing that I discovered the umbrella was scarlet, not red, or burgundy, but scarlet.
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