Friday, April 24, 2015

Storyteller's Journey

   Anthropomorphic Animals

My earliest recollection of falling in love with anthropomorphic animals was when I first read Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. Truth be told, it wasn't just the well-written whimsical tale I so enjoyed, but also the beautiful illustrations that made the classic story come alive.

Most of you know that the stories I write feature either an animal protagonist, or at the very least, an animal secondary character.
Photo Credit: Wind in the Willows - Public Domain

I've pondered about why it is that I so gravitate to these non-human creatures; there are a number of different reasons I've discovered:

1- My love of nature extends to the amazing animals who inhabit it.
2- There is something whimsical and magical about an animal talking.
3- I find it easier to write about certain issues with these creatures.
4- The settings where animals live are so wonderful to write about.
5- I believe animal fantasy stories awaken the imaginations of readers.

Many of you know my animal fantasy novel, The Tale of Willaby Creek, will be released soon. Stop by Writ of Whimsy next week for the book's cover reveal featuring cover art by my husband, Michael Lindstrom!

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