Like most people, I like to slack off and browse the internet during my lunchbreak. Of course, my time wasting sites of choice are the BBC News site (I check the local news for quirky story prompts) and the Guardian books page. I was delighted when I stumbled across this article. It seems that Diana Wynne Jones’ sister has just finished off the book Jones was partway through when she died, The Islands of Chaldea.
What really caught my eye was this statement, which sounded so very similar to DWJ in its style and rhythms (for those who don’t know, I’ve written a lot of DWJ fanfiction, and getting the sentence flow right is the key to doing it well):
I was conscious of her looking over my shoulder in many different ways. To start with, there was this disturbing feeling of fury. Then once I’d got under way there was almost a moment of rather grumpy ‘oh all right then’. I’m not a believer in any of this sort of thing but I tell you it was palpable, and quite uncanny
I’m very much looking forward to reading this. Charmed Life is the first book I can remember reading (and rereading and rereading), right down to the slightly grotty library binding and the art on the cover. I’m still in awe of the way she can make a plot so twisty and so plausible at the same time, and it’s something I always aspire to in my longer pieces. A new story when I thought I’d read everything is an utterly wonderful thing.
Do go and read the article, as there’s a lot more information there.