• Twin Sisters, Who is the Enigmatic Renia, and Her Sister? Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/04/26/renia-estera-character/ #TheForgettingFlower #novels #books #fiction #crimefiction #thrillers #Paris #Renia #Estera #character

    Who is the Enigmatic Renia and Her Sister?

    Hi everyone, as we get closer to the release of The Forgetting Flower, I thought it would be fun to do an introduction for a few of the characters. First up is my protagonist, Renia, and her sister Estera. Renia Baranczka is a young woman who grew up on the outskirts of Kraków in Poland. She comes from an intact…

  • Sky With Trees, Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 3, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/06/apple-novel/ #apple #novel #writing #fiction #Kazakhstan #applehistory #HarvestingtheSky

    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 3

    During these last few weeks, I shared two posts about the origins of my novel Harvesting the Sky. The first article covered how I merged issues of an emotional past with plants and the second, my inability to eat apples and subsequent fascination with them. This week I’m posting the final segment of this origin story with the book’s first chapter.…

  • White Apple Tree, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/29/weird-apple #apples #novels #writing #writingideas

    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 2

    Last week, I wrote about the origins of my novel Harvesting the Sky. How my own emotional journey found its way into my protagonist, how I developed a protagonist who was a composite of plant people I knew, and why I decided to set the story in Paris. While I had all of that worked out, I hadn’t decided what my protagonist botany professor…

  • Eucalyptus Tree, Might and Main Monday: Ann Patchett, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/22/ann-patchett #writing #inspiration #fiction #novels #books #annpatchett

    Might and Main Monday: Ann Patchett

    Writer Ann Patchett says it all in this quote about the creation of art and the importance of forgiveness. It’s from her article, “The Getaway Car,” reprinted in This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Forgiveness. The ability to forgive oneself. Stop here for a few breaths and think about this because it is the key to making art, and…

  • Apple and Book, Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 1, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/06/17/protagonist-setting #novel #writing #protagonist #setting #story #plants #apple

    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 1

    For years I resisted the idea of writing fictional stories about plants. I had a day job, which entailed helping people design and maintain their gardens, and I had a night vocation, which was writing stories about careers I might have wanted in a different life: professor, antiques dealer, etc. I’d written my MFA thesis story about an ethics professor…