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Carole West

Carole West

Hi Lance, I`ve read Wilderness, what a great experience, sooo good and have been waiting for American Marchland to hit the library shelves. I enquired today and the library assistant couldn`t find it anywhere in the system. Has it been published? Hope so.
Cheers, Carole.

Lance Weller

Lance Weller

Mr. Litterer,

Thank you for your kind comments regarding Wilderness. It is gratifying to have readers finding and enjoying Wilderness several years after publication.

Thank you for taking the time to write, it was a pleasure to read your comments.

All Best,
Lance

George Litterer

George Litterer

Thank you so much for the Wilderness. You have made an old man marvel and cry. Please tell me I can look forward to your some more. I can only imagine your grief when contemplating those emotions that hurt you so. True grief and guilt lying just beneath the conscious.

Elizabeth I have misses you so. I brought Jane back.

Thank you sir.

Mia Ashdown

Mia Ashdown

Well, its 2016 and I've just discovered your book The Wilderness . This book will be a timeless classic , its a master piece of work, I've only just put the book down to search for more information and books by you. I was so impressed by this brilliant story . Make sure you let us in England know when your next novel is out. Now back to your brilliant novel ! Ps. I am a avid reader who has never commented on a book before,

Lance Weller

Lance Weller

Hilary,
Thanks for taking the time to comment! I'm so glad to know the nature scenes, those small moments of grace I tried to interject into a brutal narrative, resonated with you. And I'm especially pleased to hear from a UK reader!

Hilary Adams

Hilary Adams

Thank you for your beautiful book 'Wildnerness'. Your descriptions of the landscapes and weather transported me to the wilderness, and contrasted so starkly with descriptions of the brutal war being waged. I found the paragraph on page 100 'birdsong was everywhere that morning.......' particularly moving - you could feel the beauty and stillness of the morning and sense the impending horror of battle. I will be recommending your book to friends and family and look forward to reading more of your writing.
Hilary Adams, Bidford on Avon, England

Lance Weller

Lance Weller

Hi Blanche,
Thanks so much for taking time to comment--I'm glad you're enjoying the book! One of the very best things to come of publishing Wilderness has been my French experience when Gallmeister brought me over...Needless to say, I'm certainly hope to be fortunate enough to visit again!

BLANCHE PASCAL

BLANCHE PASCAL

Hi sir,
Just started to read "Wilderness". Immediately conquered by your style: sculpting, carving words and sentences. Great Poetry. I just imagine you're a mix between August Rodin, a famous French sculptor, and Jean Giono, one of my favourite French writers.
After starting your novel, I rushed to my computer to learn more about The Wilderness Forest, scene of a terrible battle near the end of the Civil War. This reminded me of tales about the 14-18 WWI in Europe during which my own grandfather lost a leg and many fingers at a very young age, so that he could no longer grow wine in my sunny south of France.
I'll write again when I've finished reading this powerful book.
Have a nice day. :-)

Lance Weller

Lance Weller

HI Vince,

Thanks for your kind words (and yours, too, Steve!).

The short answer about how I learned the craft is, simply, I read. I read (and still read) everything I got my hands on and, just as importantly, I paid attention to what I read. The rhythm of sentences and the breath sounds of words and the flow of paragraphs. All that nuts and bolts stuff. I didn't worry much about story because I've always thought the best stories rise from characters and so, instead, just concentrated on how words sounded together and how the ideas they conveyed made me feel. And the more I studied, the more I realized that it was important that I try and write with as much heart as I could. It's a tough concept to try and explain but someone once said that if the writer doesn't feel it then the reader never will.

I also did all the usual stuff. I read a lot of books on writing fiction and attended creative writing night classes at my local community college. For a long time I worried about developing some sort of "style" and did things like type up long paragraphs of Faulkner to feed into grammar analysis programs to try and figure out how he did it. But at some point, I stopped worrying about it and just tried to write about characters doing things that interested me and that made all the difference-- getting out of my head and getting it onto the page so I could see what I had.

But that's just me; I suspect that it has to be different for every one and, for as much writing as I do, the rewriting is where the real work is (again, for me).

--Lance

Lance Weller

Lance Weller

Hi Jeff,
Firstly, thanks for coming to the Lacey reading! Literary events can really be hit or miss and it was so nice to have folks to read to.

My first piece of fiction was published in Glimmer Train Stories when I was 25 or so. It was a short story called "The Breathable Air" and I was pretty lucky in that it was also the first story I'd ever written (though I'd been dabbling for years and years) and luckier still when it won a nice award through that magazine. After that I had a pretty good year or two with a couple more stories published and then a long, long dry spell. Health problems, bad luck. All those crises of self-confidence that come with the territory. Before Wilderness was finally published, I had had years and years of sending things out and watching them come back and I couldn't understand it because I felt what I was doing had value; I felt in my bones that it had real worth.

Then dumb luck and a pretty decent book proposal (I finally figured out how to do it right) put the manuscript for Wilderness in the hands of an enthusiastic agent and, after that, all I had to do was tough out a couple more years until it found the right editor. In the end, it was extremely gratifying because nothing substantive was changed between my draft and the book as published which told me I'd been on the right track all along.

So, in the space of a very short time, all the work and perseverance of a decade paid off and, as I often say, my whole life suddenly made sense.

Hope that helps! If you want more (or less. Or different.) let me know. You can reach me at lanceweller@comcast.net.

All best (and I'd love to hear more about your blog!),
--Lance

Vince Barnes

Vince Barnes

Even before I saw who your favorite authors are, I was counting you among their ranks. As a writer of short fiction myself, I understand the incredible effort you have put into your prose to realize a truly compelling story. But forget the story for a moment. Even though I'm not finished with it yet, I find a great deal to enjoy, as someone else noted, in every page. I can sit and read and reread individual sentences for pure aesthetic pleasure.

Where and how did you learn your craft?

Jeff

Jeff

Hi, Lance. I attended your reading at the Lacey library. I'm writing a blog post about it and have a question I'm hoping you can answer.


The focus of the blog post is going to be on you as an inspirational example of patience, persistence, and grit. I wanted to ask more questions at the reading but you were getting fairly bombarded with questions about your personal life, and I didn't want to add to it.


So, how old were you when your manuscript was first accepted, and for how many years were you submitting?


I'd appreciate if you could find the time to answer that for me.


Thank you very much,


Jeff

Steve Restuccia

Steve Restuccia

dare I say a classic!? fabulous job- can't wait for more from you Lance. Great writing , great story with a detailed nature/stargazing background......... So glad I spent 40 minutes in a local bookstore in order to find it. Now it's my job to spread the word!

Hal Reames

Hal Reames

Dear Mr. Weller:


Digital galley proofs of my western, historical novel, The Great Divide, are now ready for review. It will be my first novel from a selective publisher. Inspired by our deepening national divide, it is set at the foot of the Rockies in Cañon City, Colorado, where northerners and southerners converged after the Civil War. When a Texas farmer's ten year old daughter dies mysteriously, Thomas, a "free-thinking" ex-union soldier from Kansas finds himself competing against Amos, a former rebel who is now pastor to Texan Baptists. In the balance lies the heart of a young woman and the future of the town.

As the author of Wilderness, which could be placed into a similar genre, I hope you would be interested in taking a look at the book's pdf file and writing one to three sentences, giving your general opinion of the book. Of course, if you prefer reading it all the way through in order to write a more complete review, please do and please post it on Amazon.

My publisher wishes to use your comments in one or more of the following ways: back cover blurbs, front page comments, press releases, one-sheet summations and web site promotion. In order to meet my publisher's schedule, I need to receive your comments within two weeks. If your are able to comment, I would be pleased to reciprocate on a book that you might write in the future.

Email me if you are willing to comment, at hreames@gmail.com. I will attach the pdf file to a return email. Books published under my name can be found at www.halreames.com.

Thank you for your consideration,
Hal Reames

Lance Weller

Lance Weller

I want to apologize to the people who took the time to write comments that have been deleted. My webpage was experiencing issues (now resolved) but I am unable to recover the comments that were deleted in error. Please know the deletions were not intentional.

All Best,
Lance

Karen Kelly

Karen Kelly

Hi Lance, I just read the story about the crazy colored shirt made out of a tablecloth, and the soldiers laughing themselves silly. What a great scene! I laughed out loud and had to see if you had a website so I could thank you for such a great book. Can't wait to get back to it!

Sandra Shelow

Sandra Shelow

This is one of the best books I have ever read! It is sad and poetic, beautiful and horrific - I was unable to put it down! A completely haunting look at issues that formed our great country and the ongoing fight against good and evil. When I finished the novel I felt like I had just watched a grand, epic film - in an imax theater!

Carole Sue Taylor

Carole Sue Taylor

I just finished Wilderness. Thank you for this book. Many of the comments preceding talk about it as a war novel. Perhaps because I have no military background, I saw the book from a different perspective -- as a book about the extremes of the humanity, from sheer evil-heartedness to instinctive self-sacrifice for another. Even the canine characters reflect this humanness causing one to wonder if it indeed runs through all levels of nature. Your depictions of nature in "Wilderness" left me breathlessly immersed in its fierce beauty and power. Moreover on every page there was much to be learned about the craft of writing.

Lance Weller

Lance Weller

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to write words of encouragement and praise for Wilderness. Each message motivates my work on my current novel, American Marchlands, and reinforces my belief that literary novels are still viable and will be well received by intelligent and thoughtful readers.

Chuck McKeny

Chuck McKeny

I just now finished your wonderful novel "Wilderness" and wanted to thank you for writing this compelling piece of historical fiction. Rarely have I been touched in so many ways.

Kevin Yopp

Kevin Yopp

I read a lot of novels and have yet to reach out to the author to comment on one, but The Wilderness is an exception ... the story, characters and writing was truly compelling. If I could write a novel, I'd wish to write with such style and depth as Lance Weller. I will be watching for word of any future novels or writings ...

Kelly Jack

Kelly Jack

Lance, thank you for a beautiful piece of historical fiction. Not only was the story engaging, but I thoroughly enjoyed the polished writing, beautiful images, and the way you weaved the character's stories together. I can't wait for American Marchlands!!!

Jessica Trupin

Jessica Trupin

Thanks for this beautiful piece of writing, Lance.

Melissa

Melissa

My god, what a fantastic book! I'm a librarian and have made my way through almost all of the lists of best books of the 20th century and I can tell you this book is right up there with them. What an incredible, gifted author!

Ray Mullen Sr

Ray Mullen Sr

Thank you Lance for a wonderful experience I had reading "Wilderness." You are truly a gifted author and wish I could have given more than a 5 star rating.

Nicole Lynn Patti

Nicole Lynn Patti

Please put me on a publicity list for your next novel -American Marchlands. Thank you!

Nicole Lynn Patti

Nicole Lynn Patti

Thank You for your book WILDERNESS. I purchased for my mom who went to Williamsburg this year and is going to AK next year through WA. She loves American History and will enjoy the story as she prepares to tour the northern west coast. Thank You for you website and great works. Congratulations and best wishes from the Patti Family - Chandler AZ

Robert Birnbaum

Robert Birnbaum

Half way through Wilderness—riveting on many levels. I have read war novels and seen war movies and the blood shed in this book is more vivid and palpable than any thing I can recall.

Abel Truman —what a name.

Bravo!

Linda Swanson-Davies, Glimmer Train

Linda Swanson-Davies, Glimmer Train

Lance,

So exciting to see that Wilderness is out - it sounds wonderful! I'd like to offer a spot in one of our bulletins if you're interested. Let me know, and I'll send you a document.

All best!
Linda

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