Writer’s Block: Creativity as Chameleon

By Kim Triedman It’s no great surprise that I’m quilting again. Or redesigning the back garden or upcycling furniture with trash plucked from yard sales. In fact the number of DIY projects I have going at this summer’s end has reached wackadoodle proportions, and my house has the brimful, detritus-rich look …

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Here is my interview with Sue-Ellen Welfonder

A wonderfully entertaining interview with with Sue-Ellen Welfonder, one of my sister Guardians of Chride.


Name: Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Age: Early 50s. I’m a child of the 1960’s. Every decade is an adventure and I see myself blessed to have experienced each one so far.
Where are you from: Florida, but I’ve also lived in Texas. Most of my adult life was spent in Germany, so I feel most at home there. I’m currently in Florida (because of business), but will be returning to Germany. (Munich)
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc: After college, I continued to study languages and achieved my dream, becoming an airline stewardess. I worked for the airlines for 23 years, flying international as (German) foreign language speaker on 747s. Through my airline career, I met and married my German husband, which is why I lived in Munich for so many years. I’ve been writing romantic fiction (Scottish medievals) since the release of my first book, Devil…

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A historical romance that makes your toes curl! Be entertained by Renee Bernard’s imagination and story-telling abilities with book 1 in The Black Rose Trilogy

I loved the description of the novel and the review, and will definitely get this book to read, but I have to add that already I adore the author personally, and all aI know about her is right here in her Author Bio. Yes, Renee, people really do read these things.

Booktalk with Eileen: Journaling a Journey -- Learning the Art of Crafting a Novel

“Marvelously daring, welcome to a sensual world that will test not only your mind but your heart.” – Delilah Marvelle, Award Winning Author

“Delicious! A fabulous story that draws you in from the very first word and stays with you long after the finish.”-Máire Claremont, Award Winning Author

Title:Lady Falls, book 1 of The Black Rose TrilogyLady Falls Book Cover
Author: Renee Bernard
Genre: Historical Romance
Story Setting: Prologue—Manchester, England 1859; Story—Kent, 1866

About the Story: Raven Wells is no ordinary girl. Plucked from an orphanage by a scheming earl, she has been raised like a thoroughbred, groomed for one purpose: Revenge. Unfortunately, the Earl of Trent never let her in on the plan, so when she meets the man of her dreams, Sir Phillip Warrick, she has no idea that every lesson, every tutor and every impulsive inch of her was crafted for his seduction and destruction. What she…

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I left off last time with the amazing friend who let me read the manuscript out loud to her. It so happened that her then husband, Charles Curtis (or Chick, as we called him) was an artist who also read CHILD OF AWE, set on Loch Awe in Scotland. As he did, he sketched the characters. I was quite moved when I saw the sketches and realized they looked exactly like the characters in my mind.

One of my favorite of Charles Curtis's paintings.

One of my favorite of Charles Curtis’s paintings.


With his artist’s hands, he reached into those pages, lifted out my imagination, combined it with his, and put them both on paper. I still have those precious 30-year-old sketches.  Thank you, Chick, for one of my favorite memories.

After writing this part of the story, Chick revealed some amazing things to me. I’m going to simply post our comment exchange so you can see how incredible it really was.

Chick's Angel

Charles Curtis I’m still mystified as to how this all has turned out. I can’t exactly explain how I came up with those drawings except to say I probably listened to you describe the characters and derived a sense of them from Jane’s reading the chapters out loud to me as well. What really touches me most is your wonderful reaction to what I did. I had no clue whatsoever how to draw back then. Something deep in my brain must have taken over my executive function and just moved my hands. May I see those sketches sometime? It pleases me no end that you still have such a good memory of this. As a matter of fact, I constantly wonder what possible good I could do in the world with my art for other people. This has to be tops on my list. Thank you for writing this Kathy.

Linda Prine That’s a lovely story in itself. Just goes to show you, creativity is part magic.


Kathryn Lynn Davis This isn’t the sort of thing I’d forget. I didn’t realize you weren’t even drawing then. That makes it all the more special. You did a very good thing for me; you let me know that somehow the truth of my characters was getting through. To a writer that’s a very precious gift. Of course you can see the sketches. As soon as I find them. We’ve moved twice since I last actually held them in my hands.

Chick- girl in slip

Charles Curtis I would also like to make a proposal. Nan would very much like to read the book. I attempted to describe it to her and she was immediately interested. After she reads it, I would like to read it again. Then perhaps paint one or two of the characters. If I did something like that, would it ruin the magic for you of what I did years ago?

Kathryn Lynn Davis I think that’s a lovely idea, Chick. It would only triple the magic.

We still haven’t managed to get together and make some more miracles, but I’m so thrilled that Chick had no thought of being an artist in those long ago days, and then became such an accomplished painter, that I’m posting several of his beautiful paintings throughout the blog.

Chick-standing slip