January TCWT Chain


This month’s prompt was: “If you could co-write a book with one author–living or not–who would it be and what would the book be about?”

Sorry to disappoint, but that truly is remarkably easy.

I would write it with Dorothy L. Sayers, if she’d let me. This is because she was a brilliant woman, who wrote one of the most comprehensible radio plays I have ever heard: namely, The Man Born To Be King.  Now, as everybody knows, the whole point of fiction is to create memorable characters – you don’t have people worth meeting, you don’t have a story worth reading. Miss Sayers created no less than 47 such characters, at a conservative estimate: Lord Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Charles Parker, Salcombe Hardy (who I am inexplicably fond of), Mervyn Bunter (naturally) the Dowager Duchess, Bredon Wimsey, Lord ‘Gherkins’ St. George, and of course a host of gloriously complex and believable villains…

What? You haven’t heard of Lord Peter Wimsey? You have not lived.

Also, I would choose Miss Sayers because we would argue very little about the philosophical implications of the plot, both of us being professing – and at least moderately orthodox – Protestant Christians.

What would we write? Ah, that would be telling. But I will anyway, because, should I be impertinent enough to write anything of the sort without Miss Sayers’ sublime intervention, I want you to read it. Please.

I seem to recall that in Whose Body?, Lord Peter noted that an excellent way of killing a cabbie would be to give him a dud half-crown, made from a thin sheet of gold wrapped around a lethal pellet of arsenic. When the cabbie bit the coin to test its genuineness… you get me?

Of course, I am currently entirely lacking a motive, a murderer, and therefore a mystery, but it is a good starting place, n’est-ce pas?

Actually, to avoid the inevitable pitfall involved in writing Lord Peter for any length of time, namely, that of getting his voice all wrong – Jill Paton Walsh has slipped up twice in two full-length novels, and she’s a professional, so what hope have I? – I planned to let Bredon solve the mystery. There have been exactly one short story and three chapters of a novel written about him to date, so… well, in fanfiction circles we call this “free game.”

Shall we see what the others on the chain have said?

5th – http://thescribblingbook.wordpress.com/

6th – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/

7th – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com/

8th – http://www.oyeahwrite.wordpress.com/

9th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/

10th – [Andrea. No link for her yet.]

11th – http://randomofalife.blogspot.com/

12th – http://www.lilyjenness.blogspot.com/

13th – http://maralaurey.wordpress.com/

14th – http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/

15th – http://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/

16th – http://www.brookeharrison.com/

17th – https://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com/

18th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll be announcing the topic for next month’s chain.)

P.S. this person chose a writer I would love to have cribbed for myself, but… you’ll have to let them tell you about it because they got in first!


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3 Responses to January TCWT Chain

  1. skylarfinn says:

    I have not lived.

    That’s a disturbing thing to find out after all these years. The description of the radio play that you give makes me want to check it out 🙂 Also. Your story idea sounds really neat!


  2. I… might have lived. The names “Dorothy L. Sayers” and “Lord Peter Whimsey” sound vaguely familiar, and my family is very fond of murder mysteries.

    Complex characters are the best kind. Adds something by Miss Sayers to her mental reading list.


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