Jane Louise Curry

Time Travel, Fantasy, Mystery -- Books for Children and Young Adults

Abáloc-- and this and my other worlds...

Meanwhile, Back on the Farm...

September 25, 2018

Tags: Beneath the Hill, On writing

Our barn, home to horses Rusty, Dusty and Merrylegs.
Hello again! Almost a year later!!! No way to run a blog, you say, and I absolutely agree, but the past year has been filled to overflowing. This past week I have at least come up for a gulp of air, and my calendar ahead is showing enough little white spaces that I think it's safe for me now to vow to do better for the rest of 2018 and on into 2019!

When I sat down at my laptop this morning I had the uneasy sense that in my last post (October, 2017!!) I had left off just before (and about time!) coming full circle in the "tl!" story of "How I Came to Write Beneath the Hill." And I had. So, in a nutshell, to save you having to backtrack, too:

I had rediscovered The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit's fantastic tale about (among other cool things) four children who encounter mythical beings from the past. I found it every bit as exciting as it had been in fifth grade!

And that, at last, gave me another stepping stone:

(1) a farm... very like our own Pennsylvania farm… threatened by strip mining…

(2) four-- no-- five children...

(3) who encounter mythical beings out of the past...

"Mythical beings out of the past"? Yes, yes!, but beware: not a remotely E. Nesbit-ish fantasy. Instead, something Old World/New World...

Then, again, a blank. But now a hopeful one.

(To be continued tomorrow; the phone is ringing off the wall. Really.)


  1. September 26, 2018 10:22 AM CEST
    Can't wait!
    - Sue Bridgwater
  2. September 26, 2018 12:17 PM CEST
    Hi, Sue! I don't know when today I'll get to sit down at my desk (this being from my tablet over a late breakfast) actually to write it. Yesterday's post was begun mid-afternoon but, with all the interruptions, not finished until after dinner. Another day or three, and I intend to settle down to something like once a week! All the best to you,
    - Jane Curry

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abaloc series
"full of mystery and magic." booklist; "an engrossing fantasy." Publishers Weekly
"National Book Award" finalist.
"deeply satisfying"   The Listener (BBC)
"a rousing adventure fantasy" publishers weekly
"always enthralling" Publishers weekly
"brisk and riveting"   Horn book
"fresh and exciting" NCTE English Journal
time travel
"Top Ten Fantasy Books for Youth " BOOKLIST
"Masterful suspense." Washington Post
Wouldn't you like to have a magical servant? "...thrilling, and simply splendid." Google Books reader
mystery and adventure
"A... thriller of the first order." CHILDREN'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR, u.k.
folk tales
"A stellar collection of Native American tales." --KIRKUS REVIEWS