The Beast of Hushing Wood
In May, I travelled to the US, to the Berkshire woods to further research my forthcoming novel The Beast of Hushing Wood. I saw squirrels and chipmunks, woodpeckers and deer.
I stayed with a friend in her beautiful house on the edge of the woods overlooking Williamstown in Massachusetts. Her very first airbnb guests arrived one week after I left and were treated to a mother bear and her two cubs ambling across the meadow in front of the house. They had just emerged from hibernation. I wish I had seen them too.
But I did capture this somewhat magical photo of a squirrel who looks like he has a small creature riding on his back.
I had a lovely day talking and illustrating with the kids at the local Pine Cobble School. It is such a cute school and now I have a setting for the school in Hushing Wood.
Can you guess what made these marks? If you said a woodpecker, you are right. If you go for a walk in the woods, you can hear their sounds echoing through the trees. And here is a painting I did of a woodpecker.
Here I am in the woods picking ramps. Ramps are yummy wild plants with a taste similar to chives. Stirfried they are delicious.
The view across the valley at sunset from my friend’s balcony was stunning!
Some other paintings I did while I was there.
For the next few days, while the current edit is back with my editor at Penguin, I will work on the internal illustrations.
7 thoughts on “The Beast of Hushing Wood – the tribulations and trials of a work in progress”
Your reference to breastfeeding and working on edits is so good. The sleepless nights, perseverance and wondering if others are going through these trials really made sense to me. What a lovely setting for your story in the woods.
Thank you Marg.
I love all your books
Thank you for letting me know, Rachael (:
I do love writing them. I love meeting new characters and the adventure that accompanies each book.
I am super excited because I’m writing a information report about you but I need one more thing what football team do you go for
I am super excited because I’m writing a information report about you but I need one more thing what football team do you go for.
My favourite football team is Collingwood. My whole family goes for the pies including my uncles and aunts. It started when my grandfather worked at the Victoria Market and there were a lot of Collingwood supporters there so he supported that team too.
Keep up the great reading!