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In Dark Water

The Ballantine
Publishing Group

August 1998; May 1999

Interview With the Ballantine Reader’s Circle

Page 10



What was the greatest challenge in writing this novel?


I threw out about one thousand pages. What was the hardest was the break in momentum that comes from my dual life. Over six months of the year, I travel as a member of the National Demonstration Team for the Professional Ski Instructors of America, skiing, lecturing, and training teachers. When I come home from all that, I have to land, literally. It takes a while digging in the dirt, planting, struggling with big rocks, being with my horses on a very basic, wordless level, being with my family, getting quiet again, filling up with questions and letting the answers go. It is never a painless landing. I actually feel a movement of my awareness—from my head down into my belly, my wordless self. Then I can start thinking of writing. I’m empty enough to allow the characters to come in and move about freely.

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