'A walk in the
woods was the inspiration for this story. There
I was, happily trundling along, when I heard
a commotion up in the branches overhead. Pausing,
I saw a lot of squirrels chasing each other
and then the thought popped in from nowhere
"what if one of them isn't a squirrel at
all and only looks like one?" Pondering
on that, I invented the werling people and their
skill at wergling.
Of course, these
folk needed an enemy to fight and when I came
out of that woodland I found myself in a meadow
where dark tangles of thorn grew. I had chanced
upon the thorn ogres.
That was one
of the most productive strolls I've ever taken!
Of all my characters,
I think the one I identify with the most is
Gamaliel Tumpin. His inept attempts at wergling
was really me at school blundering about during
P.E. and Games. It was good to redress the balance
and make him the hero of this story, giving
him a special skill of his own.
Watch out for
the next in this series, "The Dark Waters