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The Backbone of a Story

The Backbone of a Story

 

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“The child and her crazy mother lived in a converted chicken coup behind a museum in the heart of the French Quarter.”

 

Thirty years ago, I went on a business trip to New Orleans with my husband. He was busy all day working the booth for the Associated Press at the American Newspaper Publishers Association while I ran the streets. To this day, it was the most fun I’ve had. What a great town to be free to do whatever I wanted. I spent eight days in the French Quarter, poking into shops, wandering down private alleys, and looking in windows of wonderful old homes.

Toward the end of the trip, I finally came across something that wasn’t so wonderful. The horses that pulled the tourist carriages around the Quarter did something to my heart. They didn’t look that happy to me. On the last afternoon I’d have the privilege of visiting, I sat alone at Café Du Monde drinking coffee and people watching, trying not to focus on the horses. The concern didn’t go away, however, and the idea to write a story about their plight settled in my head. For all the beauty of the Quarter, there was something dark and sad about the horses.

Returning home, I began researching; this was before I knew how to use a computer, so it was at the library, microfiche, old travelogues, and encyclopedias. I could find nothing sensational about the horses in New Orleans, which appeared to be well-taken care of in spite of my concerns.

A story began to grow about a child, a little girl, who could communicate with the horses of the Quarter. Alas, when I finished, it reminded me too much of the old Mr. Ed television series and I scraped it.  The feeling persisted, dark and unsavory, and soon I began working on The Savant of Chelsea. In this story, a young woman from the French Quarter who is on the autism spectrum goes to medical school, and on to do a residency in neurosurgery in Manhattan.

Publisher’s Weekly reviewed The Savant of Chelsea a few years ago and one of the lines from the review has become its tagline – A New York brain surgeon returns to New Orleans to face the secrets and tragedies of her youth.  To read the review go here.

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Some debate about the story centers on too many unlikely events. Possibly. If I had to, I could substantiate even the most bizarre occurrences with news articles, such as those surrounding the trials of Robert Durst. His biography is so unbelievable; at age seven, he witnessed his mother committing suicide by jumping off the roof of  the family mansion. It was from documentation of the psychiatric examination during his murder trial that my idea for the origin of Alexandra’s mental illness arose. She definitely has psychopathic or sociopathic traits.

All because of a horse drawn carriage.

 

Greekscapes – Pamela Jane Rogers

Greekscapes – Pamela Jane Rogers

Paperback Kindle Edition Learn more about Pamela Jane Rogers at her Website From Amazon As her married life dissolves into rivers of remorse, Pamela’s paintings impregnate the seed of her most creative self. Her rebirth requires searching and releasing  painful memories, yet that also leads her to a brilliant painting mentor. By a twist of… Continue Reading

More Fog Please

More Fog Please

More Fog Please Susan Moore Jordan “More Fog, Please” – 31 Years Directing Community and High School Musicals — is exactly that, memories of over thirty of the eighty musical theater shows Susan Moore Jordan directed from 1984 to 2015. “There’s no question where the buck stops in a theater production,” Jordan says, but she… Continue Reading

Poetic Genius – Twisted

Poetic Genius  – Twisted

  POETIC GENIUS ❈TWISTED❈ Unique, Thought-Provoking Short Stories! In this unique collection, discover diverse tales, laden with shades of mystery. Come into a dark, strange world, a hyper-reality where nearly everything is firmly rooted in the familiar—except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction.… Continue Reading

“Life is Truly Amazing”

“Life is Truly Amazing”

The Review By USN Chief, Ret..VT Town TOP 500 REVIEWER Imagine the plight of a mother in raising five girls without their dad? The youngest of them is ‘Pipi’ -short for Philipa. She is bullied in school and her two of her older sisters are there to help her. One day Walter Spencer ‘Wax’ takes… Continue Reading

Jacquie Biggar-Romantic Suspense with Attitude

Jacquie Biggar-Romantic Suspense with Attitude

Meet Jacquie Biggar Best-selling author of Romantic Suspense w/Attitude. My heroes are tough, alpha males who know what they want. Until they get gob-smacked by heroines who are strong, contemporary women willing to show them that what they really need is love. I’ve been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoy writing romance novels… Continue Reading

Pam Wins!

Pam of Babylon Won Honorable Mention for Reader’s Choice 2016 Book Review Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite In an extremely promising start to a series, Pam of Babylon, by author Suzanne Jenkins, the reader is introduced to quite an interesting scenario. When Pam’s husband Jack dies suddenly from a massive heart attack, the… Continue Reading

John Worth – End Times vs Catholicism

John Worth – End Times vs Catholicism

  John Worth, Writing of the End Times. Science Fiction Author John Worth Suzanne’s Note: Author John Worth is one of the few authors I’ve interviewed whom I know in the flesh. I met his wife, Jill over ten years ago at a knitting shop and we’ve been close friends since then. John is a… Continue Reading

Meet Author Lori Meckley – More than Erotica

Meet Author Lori Meckley – More than Erotica

    Suzanne’s Note: I believe Lori is a storyteller first, a writer of erotica second. Lori and I met shortly after Pam of Babylon was published. She became my first real fan and has continued to support my books. When Morgan’s Diary was finished, she let me read it and believe me, I was… Continue Reading