characters taking a class together and on their end of the year trip all of the stories become intertwined.
When my mother told me about it, I could not imagine I could be interested in such a book. Now, at least twenty years later, Maeve Binchy is one of my favourite authors. Her simple style, elegant prose and compelling stories just draw you in and force you to read more.
When I wrote my first novel, It All Started in Mandalay, I thought I was Maeve Binchy telling the stories of a few teachers honing their craft far from home in a different country. All of the stories in and of themselves were compelling and I thought, through the birth of an illegitimate baby, that all of their stories would come together as effortlessly as Binchy's.
I now find out, after the book has been published and read by hundreds of readers that it was not so effortless. Writing is a craft and takes a lot of hard work. Creativity is not enough. Weaving stories together takes a great deal of intellectual exercise to make it work. I am just trying to get through Eric Segal's book," the Class," about a Harvard class in the 1950's and what happened to the various characters and I must admit that even though the writing is simple and engaging I am having trouble getting through it and might not be able to finish it. It just takes too much work on the part of the reader ( me) to put all of the pieces together and remain interested enough in reading it! Maybe I should not be so discouraged that I can not come up to Binchy's standard.
Now I just tried writing a children's book the "Mystery of the Missing Polishing Cup" about a small, rolly polly round polishing cup that goes missing in a dentist's office and can't be found anymore making it impossible to clean any teeth. When you read this, if you read my mother's the Mystery of the Missing Chalah by Freda Charles you will notice a lot of similarities to my little story. You can buy her book and my at Amazon. Just look up our names and press the magic button.... and please send me a note how I did. Next time, I will try even harder to reach Maeve Binchy's standard!
Can we never get away from copying???? Do we want to get away from copying???