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Writing Lucinda's Whirlwind

This is the first drawing I ever did of Lucinda. I wanted her to seem formidable - and also just a little sad.


In this picture Lucinda is feeling trapped in her little sister, Jayne's, domestic world. 

Here is Lucinda's spirited 8 year-old niece, Madison.

These are my impressions of Keiran, Lucinda's foil in the novel, and Joel Waterford, Keiran's gentle middle-aged father. Joel is wearing a straw hat that he bought from hardware store, which just goes to prove that he cares as little about fashion as Lucinda!

This is Wesley Heslop, the perpetual couch surfer.

Dear Reader,

Lucinda’s Whirlwind is essentially a story about relationships and the difficulties we all experience in communicating with one another. In a large cast of characters, Lucinda takes the lead and her journey in the novel exemplifies the day-to-day struggles we all face to understand others, and also to be understood ourselves.

Lucinda is one of those rare women who has no trouble in expressing herself – she always speaks her own mind and she can’t help telling others exactly what she thinks.  Her problem is that she is not actually able to appreciate other people’s feelings or read social cues or nuances. Consequently, through no real fault of her own, she has never managed to master the art of dealing with other people. So she generally avoids them, whenever she can.

I love Lucinda, the protagonist in Lucinda’s Whirlwind. I love her, not so much in spite of her faults, but because of them. Lucinda never shies away from the truth as she sees it, and I admire bold women like that. Initially I found her a very complicated character to write around however and, while I was doing my edits, I had to constantly keep Lucinda, and a host of other characters, fresh in my mind. Sometimes, I found it helpful to draw the characters in my journal.

Many writers keep journals handy, to jot down ideas that come into their head during the course of a day. I have never been organized enough to keep a proper writing journal and, although I occasionally write something down in a notebook (which I usually lose), I often find myself drawing, or attempting to draw, my characters. 

Those of you interested in the writing process, might like to take a look at these quick sketches I made in my journal of the characters from Lucinda’s Whirlwind.

 I hope you enjoy them,