About Wendy Laharnar
After their life in the city, where they raised their kids and she worked as a registered nurse in public and private hospitals, they moved to the country. She and her husband raised beef cattle in the Southern Highlands of NSW for sixteen years. They loved the land and their animals, including their beautiful German shepherd, Tiger, and they lived an idyllic life in spite of the bitter winters and often-scorching summers. Some of their cows left a greater impact on them than others. Billy the Bonsai Bull, star of her children's chapter book Billy the Bonsai Bull, was one of them.
Now, their travel plans are limited to within Australia and must include pet-friendly accommodation, which is not easy to find. She'd fret too much for Spitzli, if they had to leave her for too long.
They had a party for Spitzli on her 1st birthday with three of her little dog friends. On her 3rd birthday she will have a bigger party. It will be her 21st in dog years. At the moment she's about to enter her teenage years. Obedience training is working well. She cooperates quite willingly, but does tend to talk back if she thinks Wendy has been unjust e.g if she withholds a treat when she thinks she has performed her task well enough.
Work for Wendy is pleasurable but there is pressure, necessary to keep the adrenaline pumping, since she has a dead-line to meet with publishing Calamity's Corner each month and with finding time to do the one thing that brings her the most personal satisfaction, writing. It is funny and it's wrong that she should struggle to find time to write, when she has no trouble finding time to set up internet accounts to promote herself as a writer and 'talk' to other writers. Perhaps it has something to do with her being a Gemini - a communicator. Nevertheless, she'd rather be writing her full length novels - that part written fantasy trilogy, 'The Elfin Bride'; the 2nd draft of the psychological thriller "Cover Story' and the mystery she's polishing now, 'Motive for Murder.'
As a child she loved her schools and later University (UNE, Armidale) -BA in English Lit and Classical Lit. in translation. She also enjoyed her diploma course in Professional Writing - Fiction and Freelance Journalism. She likes learning so that's why it's easy for her to lose herself in research. Since she mustn't waste all that pleasure and learning, it's less talk and back to writing for Wendy.
The Unhewn Stone
What makes The Unhewn Stone different from other Historical YA novels?
novel, set in 1307AD
modern youth is trapped inside the
Wilhelm Tell legend.
This hero's journey is underpinned with
alchemy, religion, myth and magic. On the
surface the story is a fast paced YA
adventure, but the deeper philosophic
layers should appeal to adults. The e-book
is ideal holiday reading, especially since the
story begins and ends at Christmas.
descendant of the revered Wilhelm Tell, I
made him belong to the tyrannical Gesslers.
So despised was that name, when my new,
real-life Swiss friends realized Stefan was a
Gessler they were horrified. How could such a ëheroí
have a happy ending? How, indeed? Hehe.
Why did you send Stefan from the beautiful Swiss valley and his parentsí guest house, into the Dark Ages? Didnít he have a good life entertaining his neighbours with singing and conjuring tricks?
So does he make any friends there?
Haha. You could say that. He thinks pretending to be someone else would make it easier to be himself. You know, he'd have more confidence with his face hidden. And yet, he refuses to wear peasants clothes. So stubborn and proud at all the wrong times. He learns lots of things about himself in the medieval world...the hard way. At the same time he feels like a tourist from his own era and wants to enjoy his experience as much as any traveller would.
Wendy's website My Imagination with a widget of the stunning Swiss setting, and the book trailer video.
The Unhewn Stone is available from MuseItUp Bookstore
Smashwords - Unhewn Stone