Happy Birthday, dear Charles!

By Brenda Clough
Today is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens, one of the most popular writers in the English language and, whether we know it or not, one of our forefathers.  Every writer who guzzles language like gin, who works to write prose as hooky as a New England cod fleet, who shops for characters the way she shops for shoes at Saks, is a Dickens heir.  Everyone everywhere is celebrating this anniversary, and we should too!

The qualities of Dickens’ novels make them especially suited to TV and film — all the descriptive stuff is handily translated to the visual medium.   So for young readers, all those BBC adaptations and films of A Christmas Carol are actually an excellent gateway.  An airing of a new Great Expectations is due in the US sometime soon, and I can’t wait!

My newest novel Speak to Our Desires is out exclusively from Book View Press.

I also have stories in Book View Cafe’s two steampunk anthologies, The Shadow Conspiracy and The Shadow Conspiracy II, as well as in BVC’s many other anthologies.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.

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