#Inspired By – Black Snow Falling by L.J. MacWhirter @LizMacWhirter #Fiction #booktalk #Books #Bookblog

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Today I have a new feature for you to enjoy. It is called Inspired By and first to take part is the author of Black Snow Falling L.J. MacWhirter. I hope you enjoy it. Any feedback in the comments would be super.

💫 Black Snow Falling by L.J. MacWhirter

-Back of the Book

In 1592, a girl with spirit is a threat.
Ruth has secrets,
An old book of heresy belonging to her long-absent father. A dream that haunts her. And love that she and Silas hide from the world.
When she is robbed of all she holds true, her friends from Crowbury slide into terrible danger. Hope is as faint as a moonbow. Dare Ruth trust the shadowy one who could destroy them all?

About the author

L.J. MacWhirter was born just outside London, grew up in the North of England and now lives in Edinburgh with her husband and family. The stories started as soon as she could write. Black Snow Falling, her debut novel, is nominated for the prestigious 2019 Carnegie Medal.

Black Snow Falling draws on the author’s fascination with the inner workings of minds and mechanical machines. On a trip to Florence many years ago, she saw a fascinating, 450-year old mechanical Armillary Sphere made for the Medicis, representing the ‘heavens’ with Earth at the centre; early science was banned as heresy. Together with the misogynist sexism of the time, it became the setting for this thriller and new mythology. 

  • Can you tell us about someone who inspired your writing in some way? What it means to you now and if you could say anything to them what would it be?

The timing of this is so strange that it could sound contrived, but it absolutely is not. Last night I reconnected with a teacher who influenced me at school. She had started a creative writing group and took us to Lumb Bank, the Arvon Foundation centre in Hebden Bridge. Her name is Alicia Stubbersfield – or Mrs Stubbersfield to us. Little did I know, in the following decades, she became a renowned poet and now teaches creative writing all over the country. I was prompted to contact her by the librarian at Bramhall High who is setting up some author events for Black Snow Falling. I found Alicia on social media and it was wonderful to let her know the impact she had on one painfully shy teenager. At the time, I did not trust my ‘voice’, but she gently inspired us to keep putting pen to paper and pay attention to the world in a poetic way.

  • What words of advice would you offer anyone starting their writing career?

This answer’s shorter. Keep writing. Listen to yourself and trust yourself. Get to know your own voice, what you’re really saying to yourself and to the world. In the same vein, try not to compare yourself to others.

  • What does being a writer mean to you?

Everything. I started writing stories as soon as I could write words. However, I would say that the many rejections along the way actually helped by making my sense of identity less enmeshed with writing – it was painful but positive.

I confess, though, to the writer’s ‘curse’ of never quite being happy when not writing, and rarely being happy with what I’ve written.

Finally, do you have a favourite bookish quote?

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway.

The Paperback launch of Black Snow Falling is on the 27 February 18.30 The Edinburgh Bookshop, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh.

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