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Two and A Half Years Later

The gardener and I have finally succumbed to Covid. See you on the other side of it!

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Superstition Review Blog

Superstition Review is supporting Rooted and Winged on their blog. Check out their post:

https://blog.superstitionreview.su.edu/

If you supported me by purchasing a copy, please remember to leave even a tiny review on Amazon and/or Goodreads!

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Is it Real Life or is it Fiction?

Six years ago, I published a piece of flash fiction at The Story Shack called “Parking Lot Superhero.” I posted a link on this blog and yadda yaddaed about fiction giving me more freedom for structure. The story was one of the first flash pieces I wrote.

Here’s a confession. I don’t even know why I wrote that about freedom because the truth is that this story is completely true except for the names. So maybe the freedom actually came from changing the names. And by changing the names I was able to change the structure and how I ended up structuring it made all the difference. So, yes, I submitted nonfiction as fiction by changing the names.

colorful cars on parking lot
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Is this a character defect? Or is it just a genre, like a roman à clef (novel where real people occur, but their names are changed)?

Have you ever written nonfiction and disguised it as fiction?

If you have read this blog for a long time, you might remember the story, but here it is: https://thestoryshack.com/flash-fiction/drama/luanne-castle-parking-lot-superhero/

This story is not one of my most well-written (and at some point I might revise it), but it’s still one of my favorites because the hero of the story (not me) was such a larger-than-life character in real life.

Going back to my title–Is it Real Life or is it Fiction?–maybe fiction is often real life, just many different aspects of real life glued together in a different combination and order.

One more thing. Why did I want to come clean about this story being true? Although I published it as fiction to protect “Jack” and his family story, I have felt guilt at not giving him credit for being a hero. I still won’t publish his name, but I feel better letting you know that he is a real living hero.

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The Rooted and Winged Blog Tour Links

The Rooted and Winged blog tour has been a lot of fun. I thought I would put all the links to early reviews, as well as the interviews and guest posts.

REVIEWS

By Carla McGill: https://www.harbor-review.com/rooted-and-winged

By Sheila Morris: https://iwillcallit.com/2022/10/02/rooted-and-winged-poems-by-luanne-castle/

By Jade Nicole Beals: https://jadenicolebeals.com/2022/10/08/rooted-and-winged-by-luanne-castle-standing-so-your-familiar-setting-takes-flight-with-you/

INTERVIEWS AND GUEST POSTS

Review Tales – Interview with Luanne

The Bookish Elf – Interview with Luanne

The Bookworm – Luanne Castle guest post

Anthony Avina’s Blog – Luanne Castle Interview

The Book Connection – Luanne Castle Interview

Celtic Lady’s Reviews – Luanne Castle Guest Post

The Soapy Violinist – Luanne Castle Guest Post

I would love to do more interviews or posts in the future. If you leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads I would be so thrilled.

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The Rooted and Winged Blog Tour: Why and How to Write Slant

The last stop on the Rooted and Winged blog tour by Poetic Book Tours is a guest post I wrote about how important it is to write slant when writing poetry. I also share some ideas on how to do so.

You can find it here: https://thesoapyviolinist.blogspot.com/2022/10/guest-post-from-luanne-castle-author.html

I hope you’ve enjoyed the guest posts and interviews on the blog tour. I’m always open to more interactive blog experiences related to my new book haha.

If you’ve been so kind to read Rooted and Winged I beg you to leave a review at Amazon. Even if it’s only one or two sentences it really helps. If you are on Goodreads, please consider pasting the review over there as well.

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New Stop on the Rooted and Winged Blog Tour: An Exploration of Roots and Wings

The newest stop on the Rooted and Winged blog tour by Poetic Book Tours is a guest post I wrote exploring the images of roots and wings in my new book Rooted and Winged.

You can find it here: https://celticladysreviews.blogspot.com/2022/10/rooted-and-winged-by-luanne-castle.html

Lily’s ears look like wings

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Review of Rooted and Winged at Savvy Verse and Wit

I’m thrilled with this review of Rooted and Winged at Savvy Verse and Wit.

You can find it here:

Two of the poems in Rooted and Winged are based on Sylvia Plath poems. This is what my Plath Collected Poems looks like after all these years.

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Next Stop on the Rooted and Winged Blog Tour: Interview by The Book Connection

Today’s stop on the Rooted and Winged blog tour by Poetic Book Tours is an interview of me by The Book Connection. The photos I am sharing here of my maternal grandparents (in Kalamazoo) are to complement the interview.

You can find it here:

http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2022/10/interview-with-luanne-castle-author-of.html

Grandma with baby me: this is the grandmother in poems like “Spotlight” and “Your Foot Bone Connected to Your Heart Bone”
With Grandpa at my 2nd birthday party: this is the grandfather in “Gravity” and “Spotlight”

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Jade Nicole Beals’ Review of Rooted and Winged

I love following Jade Nicole Beals’ sensitive book reviews, creative writing and art, so I am thrilled to read her review of Rooted and Winged on her blog.

You can find it here:

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Next Stop on the Rooted and Winged Blog Tour: Interview by Anthony Avina

The newest stop on the Rooted and Winged blog tour by Poetic Book Tours is an interview of me by Anthony Avina.

You can find it here:

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