The Suitcase (Post 74)
The Suitcase (1988), is one of my nested stories, a little like Kerria Logan and the Pirate Caper (Post 38) It's a story about someone writing a story, and how and why she makes the choices she does. Amber Dale, who features in Down River (Post 53), Another Good Friend (Post 16) and other stories is writing the eponymous story, and in true teen drama fashion she has elected to tell the tale of a girl in a hopeless situation...hiding and waiting for the enemy to find her. Having written with much verve and drama, she discusses her options with her sister Kerry, who opines that stories have to have endings with action. The suitcase and the random items inside it are things Amber has found in an old family dwelling, and they belong to her, to the girl and, in a way, to me, as they were things I found before her. I've always liked layered fictions, and this one has the additional layer of real life.
The Suitcase is a reading scheme book, born of a period when reading scheme was new, exciting and spreading its wings with innovative ideas. The cover is one of my favourites among my reading scheme books, and the interior pictures were drawn to appeal to girls just about to enter their teens.
About the Blog
Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)
The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. This preamble will be pasted to the top of each post, so feel free to skip it in future.