I am so pleased to welcome author Susabelle Kelmer today on The Serious Series Writer. Take it away, Susabelle!
I want to thank Susan Edwards for hosting me today on the Serious Series blog. My debut novel, Fairest of the Faire, from The Wild Rose Press, was released this month (more on that below). Today, I thought I’d talk to you about my fascination with words.
Sure, we talk all day long. Words come pouring out of our mouths and brains, many times with little thought. We talk to the barista at the coffee shop in the morning, before we are even really awake. We talk to our families, our workmates, the store clerk, our friends. We write emails, reports, and participate in discussions on the Internet. We text our friends on our smart phones, and fill out applications for employment, all using words.
And then there’s that one day when we are trying to write the word “that” or “know” and suddenly, our brain freezes. We look at how we spelled it, and there’s no red underline in our Microsoft Word document, but we are just sure that we spelled it wrong.
There are more than a million words in the English language. The average American English speaker only uses about 20,000 words. So what about all those other words? And how do we find those other words and add them to our vocabulary?
I have two great books I refer to often, if only to increase my own understanding of the language and how to use it. The first , The Grand Pajundrum, boasts a collection of 2,000 words that we should all be adding to our vocabulary.
The second, I Always Look Up the Word Egregious: The Vocabulary Book for People Who Don’t Need one, is full of the discussion of roots of words, with examples of how that word has developed. Interesting stuff. As a one-time English major, I always wished I could have a complete copy of the Oxford English Dictionary in my possession. Of course, having it would mean needing a truck to carry it around, so these two books help feed my obsession with words, without needing a truck to haul them around.
What is your relationship with words? Do you use your 20,000, or do you go for more? Or is it before coffee, when you only have about five words in your vocabulary? Give me your answers in the comments!
Fairest of the Faire, by Susabelle Kelmer
Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Youngblood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.
Read more about Fairest of the Faire and order your copy here!
Susabelle Kelmer earned her Bachelor of Arts in management and communications, with minors in English literature and secondary education. She says: “I could have been a public speaker. But I chose to be a writer instead.” When she isn’t writing, she is gardening, cooking, and working in the university setting, where she serves students with disabilities.