Friday, September 7, 2007

Questions About Kateri and Alex's book

... Maybe I should hold off on this one, but I know some of you are asking questions in the other topics, so I thought I'd start a new one here. (What we really need is a message board, I guess!)

Just so we are clear, if and when all these interim books are written/published, the Fairy Tale Novel series will run this way:

1. The Shadow of the Bear
2. Black as Night
3. Interim book about Fish (no title as of yet)
4. Waking Rose
5. The Midnight Dancers
6. (I'm not sure if this book will take place before, after, or concurrent with The Midnight Dancers) Alex and Kateri's book.

... so of course, by this timeline, The Midnight Dancers would no longer be "Book 4." But you can call it that if you want: I know, this is all too confusing!

So fire away with any questions about Kateri and Alex's book. But since this book isn't even written yet (Fish's interim book is partially-written) I will warn you up front that I can't tell you very much. At all. Yet.

72 comments:

Anonymous said...

Okay! Questions! :D Right now I'm trying to figure out what the fairy tale is.

1. Is it a well-known fairy tale, or an obscure one?

2. *gruesome thrill* Is it Bluebeard!? (Hehehe)

3. Is it Rumpelstiltsken?

5. Is it Rapunzel? Kateri's got interesting hair.

6. Is it The Little Mermaid?

7. Little Red Riding Hood?

8. Is it The Princess and the Pea? I'd be interested in seeing that modernized. (Really, how can anyone feel a pea under 20 mattresses!?)

~Delaney

regina doman said...

Q: 1. Is it a well-known fairy tale, or an obscure one?

A: I would say that most of you have heard of it. It's not as obscure as "Snow White and Rose Red." IMHO.

Q2. *gruesome thrill* Is it Bluebeard!? (Hehehe)

A: No. (yuck!)

Q3. Is it Rumpelstiltsken?

A: No.

Q5. Is it Rapunzel? Kateri's got interesting hair.

A: No.

Q6: Is it The Little Mermaid?

A: No. I wonder how in the world you *could* modernize that one, without adding the fantasy of real mermaids...

Q7. Little Red Riding Hood?

A: Um, no.

Q8. Is it The Princess and the Pea? I'd be interested in seeing that modernized. (Really, how can anyone feel a pea under 20 mattresses!?)

A: So would I! I have thought about trying to do that one, but not for Alex and Kateri.

Mary Firiel said...

Could it be The Snow Queen? Mr. Fox? Goldilocks? (...) The Magic Tinderbox? Hansel and Gretel? Jack the Giant Killer? The Three Little Pigs? (???) East of the Sun, West of the Moon?

(or is any of those the Fish story?)

regina doman said...

None of the above.

For either of the books.

Elizabeth said...

(This is in regards to Kateri and Alex's story, not Fish's.)
Oh man! This is tough! I'll bet when you reveal what the story is, we'll all be so surprised we hadn't thought of it! :)
So it's not a Brothers Grimm tale, then? I think everybody's gone through all their well-known ones.
Has Disney made a movie out of it?

Anonymous said...

Is it Beauty and the Beast? Cinderella? Thumbelina? (he he) The Wild Swans? The Frog Prince?

T&H

Anonymous said...

Could Fish's book be The Frog Prince?

Anonymous said...

Pinocchio?

Anonymous said...

Could it be "Bearskin", "The Goose Girl","The Twelve Brothers" (a.k.a. The Seven Ravens, The Six Brothers, The Princess and the Seven Swans"),"True Bride", or "The Crystal Ball"?

And Alex and Kateri's book is the "sequel" to "The Midnight Dancers" that you talked about in the Q. & A. section on The Waking Rose page, correct?

Aubrey H.

Claire said...

Toads and Diamonds?
Alice in Wonderland?
Aladdin?
Beauty and the Beast?
Peter Pan?
Peter and the Wolf?

Is it from a tale by Hans Christian Anderson? An Aesop's fable? A Mother Goose tale?

Mary Firiel said...

This is fun! Let's list all the fairy tales in the world! Hehe just kidding. I'd like to know, do we meet any of Alex's family? And, do any of the four main characters of the first trilogy appear?

regina doman said...

Sorry I couldn't get to this over the weekend!!!

Q: Has Disney made a movie out of it?
A: Hmmm ... sort of. They have made a movie whose characters reference this story (how's that for confusing?).

Q: Is it Beauty and the Beast? Cinderella?
Thumbelina? (he he)
The Wild Swans?
The Frog Prince?

A: No.

Q: Could Fish's book be The Frog Prince?

A: No.

Q: Pinocchio?

A: No.

Q: Could it be "Bearskin", "The Goose Girl","The Twelve Brothers" (a.k.a. The Seven Ravens, The Six Brothers, The Princess and the Seven Swans"),"True Bride", or "The Crystal Ball"?

A: No. Some of these are more obscure than this story.

Q: Is Alex and Kateri's book is the "sequel" to "The Midnight Dancers" that you talked about in the Q. & A. section on The Waking Rose page?

A: No, actually, it's not. I do have a sequel to The Midnight Dancers (about which I refuse to answer any questions), but the Alex and Kateri book is something separate.

Q: Toads and Diamonds?
Alice in Wonderland?
Aladdin?
Beauty and the Beast?
Peter Pan?
Peter and the Wolf?

A: No, No, close, no, no, no.

Q: Is it from a tale by Hans Christian Anderson? An Aesop's fable? A Mother Goose tale?

A: No, no, no.

regina doman said...

Q: Do we meet any of Alex's family?

A: Yes.

Q: And, do any of the four main characters of the first trilogy appear?

A: You know, I really don't know about this one. When I actually write more of it, I might have an answer...

Anonymous said...

Is it from The Arabian Nights?

If so, is it
Ali Babba and the Forty Thieves
Sinbad the Sailor
Or
The Three Calendars????????

regina doman said...

Q:Is it from The Arabian Nights?

A: Yes!

Q: If so, is it
Ali Babba and the Forty Thieves
???????


A: YES! Great job!

Anonymous said...

GAH!!!!!!! i was just about to say ali baba! i LOVE that story, teehee open sesame [probably didn't spell it right but i'm too excited to care!] will donna be a main character, and will we see more of the AMAZING cor guys? :)

Anonymous said...

COOL!

regina doman said...

Q: Will Donna be a main character, and will we see more of the AMAZING cor guys? :)

A: I don't know yet, but I'll keep them in mind! (remember, I haven't written this book yet!)

Anonymous said...

Are Alex and Kateri through with college in this book?
~Mae

Elizabeth said...

Ahhhhh!!!!! :)

regina doman said...

Q: Are Alex and Kateri through with college in this book?

A: I'm not sure. I *think* so...

Anonymous said...

Ok, a question not really about Alex and Kateri's book, but what Disney movie references Alli Baba, I can't think of it? Also regarding how to modernize The Little Mermaid, couldn't you do it somehow with two REALlY different cultures, or something like that?

regina doman said...

Q: What Disney movie references Alli Baba?

The direct-to-video release Aladdin 3: Aladdin and the King of Thieves, which features the 40 thieves disrupting Aladdin's wedding. See on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Disney-Presents-Aladdin-King-Thieves/dp/B0007NY3A8/ref=pd_bbs_6/105-3034229-6714815?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1189644345&sr=8-6

regina doman said...

Regarding the Little Mermaid, I'd really have to *want* to modernize it first of all, and I really don't care for the story. The Disney version sickened me even more.

Anonymous said...

Are there going to be forty villians since it's Ali Babba and the Forty Theives??? Just curious.

regina doman said...

Q:Are there going to be forty villians since it's Ali Babba and the Forty Theives???

A: I guess there would have to be, wouldn't there?

Alyssa E. said...

How exciting!!!! I am so excited about this book. Alex was wonderful, although I have to say that Kateri beat him (I thought) character-wise.....Take it back!!! I just thought about the whole beginning of their romance in Waking Rose, and there is DEFINITELY a wonderful story waiting behind those two!!!! Alex is Awesome, I must say! But then so is Kateri. Ok, well, I guess when I decide who I like more I'll comment so I can save you guys the bore of listening to me make up my mind!!!!!
I'm so excited, Regina! And how wonderful that you are expecting!!! You and your little one will be in my prayers!!!

Anonymous said...

will the plot line have anything to do with drugs? again? gah1 i was trying to think of something else that could invovle bad guys but pretty much anymore its all drugs... ooh! what if they were robbing rich people and art galeries and stuff and taking actual treasure! :) that would be tre cool :)sorry for the use of french, and sorry if i didn't spell it right :)

regina doman said...

Q: will the plot line have anything to do with drugs? again?

A: Anonymous, I want to smack you! (mainly for adding the word "again?") :)

No, by my troth, I can *promise* you there will be no drugs in this book ------- and *no* comas!

Actually, I don't think I will ever write another book about drugs or comas again!

I was tempted to tell you what the book will involve, but after that "again" maybe I'll just refuse to answer!

;)

I am kidding, of course. But it's not art theft either. I don't know how much more I can tell you, mainly because the book isn't written ... I'd hate to promise something and then write a completely different book.

Kendall said...

you said they aren't ART theives.... do they steal other things maybe???

regina doman said...

Yes, they definitely do! (But not drugs!)

Kendell said...

Would you tell us if we asked??

regina doman said...

Okay, I'll tell you: the thieves steal "a variety of things."

(I can't be more specific till I write the book.)

Anonymous said...

sorry for adding the again, but you have to admit there was a ton of drug stuff in the first three... not that it was a bad thing but i was beginging to wonder if there was going to be stuff about drugs in every story...
:)

Anonymous said...

I am sooooo excited! I loved these characters! I can't wait aaah!!!!! when do you think it will come out?!?!

regina doman said...

No, no drugs, I promise!

And I have no idea when this book will come out: I'll have a better idea once it's written. :)

Anonymous said...

i know you don't really have any idea about exactly what will happen in the story cause you haven't writen it yet but will there be any priets and or nuns in the book? cause i've loved all of the ones in the first three, thanks! [person who is said to be in love with josh groban] :)

regina doman said...

Hmm, I don't know yet. But I'll keep that in mind!

Anonymous said...

Oh no!!! I LOVE ALL your books! Truly, I do! But I really couldn't stand Kateri. I thought she was an awful character. Which was odd, because all of your other characters have been realistic, complex, deep, inspiring... but Kateri was annoying, mean, and boring. (I'm sorry, I'm being too straight-forward!) But you are my FAVORITE writer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Did my comment post?

regina doman said...

It did! It just takes a while for me to get to posting it sometimes! (Can you tell I've started the homeschooling year now?)

Anonymous said...

What!?! Anonymous, you didn't like Kateri!?! How can anyone not like Kateri!?!! True, she's a very different sort of person than Rose or Blanche, but its because she IS a very different sort of person. She seemed very realistic to me. She's very motivated and hard-working, totally no-nonsense. I can really appreciate her because she reminds me of a few people I know. It's hard to believe she's one of the youngest in the Kovach family; she appeared more like the oldest because she had such a maternal and caring heart towards Rose, and yes, even Donna. I can't believe you didn't like her. I personally can't wait for her story. (Although I have to wonder how she and Alex get along.:))
~Mae
P.S. And I was relieved to hear Kateri didn't understand Shakespeare. Totally realistic, if you ask me! =)

Elizabeth said...

Anonymous,
In regards to the first comment about her- "she was annoying." Why is that? I didn't really see anything in her that was honestly "annoying", except from Dr. Prosser's point of view!(With those protests against the abortions and later to save the homeless guy. But hey, those were life-and-death issues.)She was bold and I guess some people could get annoyed with her, but her strength of character was necessary for her part, and for the story.

As for the other ones...

"She was mean." Mean? Mean?! You call the person who had to come and stop Fish (I luv Fish... no offense, Fish) from from further traumatizing Donna, MEAN??? (Sorry, I'd rather not use caps but I can't italicize.)I find it especially honorable with the fact that she worked hard at helping Donna, even though she suspected Donna may have played a role in [her best friend!] Rose's accident. It really made me think. Perhaps you just meant she was outspoken?

"She was boring." I really can't even try to figure out what that meant. She's from a huge inter-racial family that was totally into pro-life activism and who were, as Rose said, "outlaws." She organized protests against all that anti-life stuff. (I know I mentioned that before but it's pretty important.) She's fun, understanding, reasonable for the most part :) and good when trying to rescue a comatose person from a bunch of folks who want to use said comatose person for her organs.

And on the other comments... she WAS realistic. Believe me, there are people like her in the world! I know several people who really remind me of her. She wasn't especially "deep" or "complex", but so what? A character doesn't have to have a painfully dark past, a disturbingly strong sense of intuition, or similar stuff to be interesting. She WAS inspiring. I wanted to go out and be courageous and stand up for my beliefs like her. (Yeah that sounded SO horribly corny...but I think you get what I'm saying?:)

So what's really wrong with Kateri? Yeah, she's... different, with the thread-wrapped braids, strong opinion, and total outspokenness and all. But she seemed at times almost the most realistic of the characters.

In conclusion, I'm not trying to convince you to like her alot. I just think it might be better if you considered her merits a little more.

Anonymous said...

lol! rant alot?? i luv u guys that was great. to the person who didn't like kateri i can understand it [sort of] she is very different from rose, she's more in the real world and she is very repetitive [did i spell it right?] in her what she says but that's because nobody else is saying it and it needs to be said... lets just say she provides the sanity in rose's world of dashing knights and wounded soldiers, fairies and witches :)

Anonymous said...

I understand about not likeing Kateri, at first I couldn't really decide myself, but I like her now in a way (obviously not as much as the Briar's though!!) I mean, there are people in life like her, they've just got diferent personalities to what a lot of other people have. I like Kateri in a way because i know people that are just like her, and it's like wow!! I KNOW that person!!!


And I've got a question, with the book about Kateri and Alex, will other people from Kateri's fmaily be in this story? Like, they were meantioned in Waking Rose, but that was about it if you know what i mean? I was just wondering if we would get to know the whole of Kateri's family?

Anonymous said...

I know a lot of people put their names on as "anonymous" so I shall identify myself: I'm the person who doesn't like Kateri. (AAAH!)

Thanks for the responses, they were very reasonable.

I think part of the reason I don't like Kateri is because to me she was too cliche. I found her boring in that she was a typical character. The headstrong leader who always stood up for other people (Which is a VERY good thing, though, don't get me wrong!) and she would speak her mind, and rush into dangerous situations and all that...... just so un-original! She was like the typical Catholic feminist!

As for her being "different" I actually thought that the only interesting and "different" things about her were the wrapped braids and her Polish/Vietnamese heritage. And those were also the only two things about her that I liked!

Now, I don't mean that people have to have dark pasts or be "DEEP" to be realistic. But Kateri was like the girl that everyone writes about, but doesn't really exist. I mean, I know people who are SIMILAR Kateri, but I've never met ANYone who were more than similar to her.

I think it was compassionate and brave of her to take Donna "under her wing," and it was definitely the right thing to do, but again, that's the act of the typical headstrong heroine. It was predictable, and a kind act, (And, DEFINITELY a difficult thing to do for Kateri!) but to me, it's mystifying and rather annoying that she went out of her way for Donna, but Rose, who was supposedly her good friend, was treated vaguely and somewhat indifferently until she went into a coma.

But, yea....................

SO those are my views!

Anonymous said...

I just have a few thing to say about Kateri.
The day I read "Waking Rose" was the day before I went and participated in a large pro-life march, known as the Jericho March (based on Joshua 6) and when I read that Kateri was involved with the pro-life movement, too, I thought, "Wow, is this neat, that I am reading about a girl who isn't afraid to stand up for life, the day before I and thousands of other people are about to do the same."

The Jericho March was only part of a long and ongoing prayer battle against the proposed Planned Parenthood facility here in Aroura, IL. And it has had great results! Planned Parenthood has so far denied the permit they need to open thier clinic, which is supposedly the LARGEST IN THE UNITED STATES. Ijust thought that it was no coincidence that I read Regina Doman's book, the day before the march. And I have to say, there are a lot of great people like Kateri who have been leading this spiritual battle.

So I just wanted to say that Kateri really insipred me, and to ask for everyone's prayers for this pro-life battle.

God Bless!

Anonymous said...

ok, to the person who 'does not like kateri' i have tried to be reasonable with you up until this point. to say that she's the typical catholic feminist is going way too far... and as for her going out of her way for donna but treated rose vaguely, let me give an explanation which i thought should have been obvious to everyone who read the book. rose does not need her friend to be there to watch over her every move, she doesn't have problems like donna and she herself says in the book that she's very independant. donna on the other hand needs somebody to be there to keep her on track and help her understand things that she's having trouble with. as for kateri being too cliche, NOBODY else is writing stories like this. NOBODY. she is a difference from the heroines from previous modern fairy tales but if we got the same characters over and over we'd get bored very fast... as for not meeting anyone like this, then how can you say that she's typical and un-original??? i must add i feel a little attatched to this character because my conformation name is kateri :)

Elizabeth said...

Wow! (To the person from Aurora IL) I had heard about the whole issue with the attempted opening of the biggest PP in the U.S. but to hear about it first-hand from someone is sooo cool!!! :) God bless!!!

Yeah my favorite thing about Kateri is her pro-life activism.
I'm gonna basically give up on trying to convince the person who didn't like Kateri, except for a couple things. She is NOT a feminist. (Meaning the modern liberal term of course.) Feminists, by the above definition, are never pro-life. And that's what she's all about. Pro life.
I'm a little surprised about the "rushing into dangerous situations" thingy. Rose would do that! (i.e. The Shadow of the Bear :)
And about Donna, well, she needed the help! That was one emotionally distraught individual. Rose wasn't suffering from that stuff, so I guess she could manage on her own two feet.

regina doman said...

I confess I really find this interesting!

Just to make a few points:

TPWHK (The Person Who Hates Kateri) wrote: I found her boring in that she was a typical character. The headstrong leader who always stood up for other people ...... just so un-original!
.... Kateri was like the girl that everyone writes about, but doesn't really exist.


I respond:
I think this is so *interesting* because it comfirms something I've suspected for a while: that girl readers are getting weary of the headstrong girl heroine who always has the answers, who is smart, fearless, etc. There's a reason why I made Blanche a main character, because I've always found weaker persons more interesting heroines.

Don't worry, I'm still going to make Kateri a main character in her own book -- but I thought this was definitely an *interesting* observation.

Oh, and btw, I would have to say that Kateri *is* a Catholic feminist. She actually called herself one in a former draft. You *can* be a feminist and be pro-life -- check out feministsforlife.org. I used to have a bumper sticker on my car that read "Real Feminists Don't Kill Babies." So I appreciate Elizabeth's defense of me and Kateri, but I'd have to say that actually, there *are* pro-life feminists. Lots of them.

TPWHK wrote:
To me, it's mystifying and rather annoying that she went out of her way for Donna, but Rose, who was supposedly her good friend, was treated vaguely and somewhat indifferently until she went into a coma.

I respond:
You can understand this better if you remember the relationship between Rose and Kateri is this: they are friends because they grew up together. This, in my experience, leads to a particular kind of friendship. Rose and Kateri are very different, and Kateri has a hard time understanding and sympathizing with Rose. If they had met in a large high school, they would never have become friends. But because they met in a small Catholic homeschooling group in a small town and their moms did everything together, Kateri and Rose became friends since they were just thrown together so much that they got to know one another so very well.

So Kateri does pretty much take Rose for granted, the way you can take your siblings for granted. And she gets impatient with Rose's quirks. But there's no question of her loyalty to Rose, which is fierce and deep-rooted. And when Rose needs her, Kateri is the sort of person who will rise to the challenge.

You'll notice that Kateri and Fish actually have a lot in common this way: their relationship to Rose is pretty similar. They also understand each other pretty well, once they get passed their initial animosity.

So Kateri is supposed to be modeling a very specific type of friendship with Rose. It's not accidental that her relationship is so offhand. I hope that explains some things.

Elizabeth said...

lol I was waiting for Regina to finally come in on this discussion... ;)
Oh yeah I've heard of the Feminists for Life (they're cool!). Sorry, I was trying to point out that she wasn't a feminist in the "empowered; Dr. Prosser" sense.

Now that you put it that way, I think I really agree about how we're getting tired of the headstrong heroine. Lots of the library books I've taken out as of late have had the typical tough female protagonist- yes, they get annoying!!! I mean, they're usually good at defending themselves but it's always disappointing when they're paired up with a wimpy guy who is nothing compared to Bear and Fish... :)

Claire said...

Very interesting discussion! I have to say that I personally love Kateri -- and just one reason would probably be her strong, contrastingly different character/personality with the other personalities and characters of the books -- but I just wanted to chime in that my family and I have also been privileged to join in the fight in Aurora, IL against Planned Parenthood's $7.5-million abortion clinic. In fact, I wrote a reflection about it a few weeks ago on my blog (www.lily-maiden.blogspot.com).

There has been a tremendous response and, Praise God, we were able to stop the clinic from opening for two whole weeks. HOWEVER, just yesterday the mayor of Aurora buckled and gave PP the permit they want (but can't actually legally have), so they opened this morning. But the pro-lifers are far from finished with the fight... prayer is needed more now than ever, from warriors around the country (or beyond as well!). Pro-Life Action League is pursuing yet more legal avenues to help close the clinic, and believe that with enough prayer, they can actually do so. So, everyone, please keep the prayers pouring forth!

Grace and peace,
Claire

Anonymous said...

OMG! i totally agree with Elizabeth! it seems like the guys in books and movies now are all stupid or whimpy or just plain jerks! i hate how the girls always have to be the strong ones, or the right ones, cause in life its definately not always like that... its like guys can't be anything anymore except the romantic interest and that's stupid cause they're just as important as girls
and this isn't a guy writing this. i think we need more stories with real heros, that are played by guys :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, just wanted to ask for more prayers. PP opened in Aurora today, sadly, but the case is still going to brought to court, so there is hope! For all of you who have been praying, thanks a ton.

God Bless you ALL.

regina doman said...

Almost forgot: TPWHK wrote:
Kateri was like the girl that everyone writes about, but doesn't really exist.

I respond:
Again, I can understand why you wrote this. I think that Kateri would have been a stereotype if she had also been stunningly beautiful on top of her other qualities. *That* is what I would have found annoying.

Actually, Kateri Kovach is pretty plain - did anyone notice the absence of words like "pretty" or "cute" in any of her character descriptions? She's short, a bit stocky, round-faced, and fairly ordinary-looking, actually). But she obviously doesn't let her lack of "looks" hold her back.

And as for her not existing -- I just have to say that I have been privileged to meet girls like Kateri before. Kateri's not based on any one person, but she's sort of a composite of lots of different girls and women I've known - some incredibly brave and breathtakingly gutsy - who work in the pro-life movement.

I can understand, TPWHK, if you haven't ever met any of them. Though there are some at the high school level, the ones I knew were all in college. They actually did do things like jump into medical dumpsters to find unborn babies to bury and chain themselves to hospital beds of comatose patients who were being starved to death -- as well as leading weekly prayer vigils in front of clinics and hospitals. They were and are incredibly smart and brave women, firmly and intelligently committed to nonviolence and peaceful change despite the fact that some of them had been manhandled by police and pro-death escorts. The character of Kateri is an homage to them.

And to those of you in Aurora: we are praying! More power to you all!

Anonymous said...

Wow! A lot of dicussion that I missed lately. I just wanted to weigh in quickly.

We are all praying that PP will be shut down in Aurora. It is wonderful that people are fighting this as strongly as they are. Keep it up.

I liked Kateri, even though I can fully sympathize with several of the points made by TPWHK. I read a lot of books every year, a high number of which are fantasy/ adventure. The strong/ sufficient, smart, and superiorly talented heroine is as hackneyed and trite a figure as the weak, fainting, and emotional/ irrational feminine stereotypes of the victorian/ early 20th century. It is utterly refreshing to see realistic girl characters being written. Blanche is (for most) the weakest character written to date, but she has her own strengths that counterbalance her lack of physical strength and her natural temerity. Also, she doesn't just give in to her weaknesses, but struggles to overcome them. Rose is a much more independent and sufficient character, but that can be just as much of a problem for her. (Coma? Mr. Freet?) Kateri is the most outspoken and brash of all the young women that have been introduced thus far, but that only makes me look forward to how that will impact her story and what direction it will take her.

I really found it interesting that Regina compared Fish and Kateri's relationship with Rose like she did. I had not thought of that before, so thank you for pointing that out. I really love when you can see some of the author's insights into their stories and characters.

Lastly, will Alex and Kateri's story be told from both of their points of view, as in your two previous books?

Anonymous said...

ooh! yeah, i really liked the 'his', 'hers' thing in waking rose... and i noticed people have been suggesting songs over in the blog about fish's book, people are going to think i'm crazy but... a lot of songs now, their lyrics don't make sense on paper, one of the songs that i think actually does make sense on paper is 'the other side of me' by [this is what people are going to go crazy over] 'hannah montana' i know, i know... but when you have little brothers and sisters you have to listen to that kind of stuff, and it really is a fun song... and cause its disney you know it'll be descent... okay, now people can write in and say how crazy i am...

Alyssa said...

Wow, well, really quickly, I think Kateri is wonderful. I love the fact that her physical appearance isn't the Barbie-doll stereotype; that is over-played by Disney and every other place (except foreign films...some of BBC).
I'll be praying about the Aurora clinic to close.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I haven't been on her for a couple weeks, and I just viewed this posting again and found that theree are like 2 million answers to my whole Kateri thing! (I am TPWHK)!

Well a big THANKS to everyone who has given me their opinion! (Even the people who don't agree with me). It's so interesting to hear different opinions and "the other side of the story."

To Mrs. Doman: Your post on October 1st in response to mine was FABULOUS! It seems you understood EXACTLY what I meant when I was discussing Kateri's "negative points." THANK you for writing that response, I see a couple of your views now on why you wrote Kateri the way you did.

I also have to say that, I admit, Blanche is my favorite character. I simply loved the way you turned such a character into a fascinating and realistic heroine. She was different in every way, yet so real.

And it's interesting, now that you mention it, that Kateri is not supposed to be beautiful and everything. I actually picture her as quite tall (maybe 5'10"), athletic, and possessing a rather fierce Native American type beauty.

Thank you, everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. I don't care even if your next book IS about Kateri, I will buy it anyway!

P.P.S. I am just very sad that the Bear, Blanche, Fish, and Rose trilogy is over. I really loved those characters and the books!

Anonymous said...

I know that you haven’t written it yet, but I have a question about A&K’s book. I take it that if Alex and Kateri’s book is ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’, that Alex is Ali Baba’s son, and Kateri is Morgiana. If so, does Kateri actually get into a situation where she has to kill someone? I am trying to think how it would work out – whether you would change the situation, following the tale a little more loosely, or whether it would be as in the story. I can never imagine Kateri killing anyone except in extremely extenuating circumstances. Perhaps a wound? I probably shouldn’t go into details seeing as it isn’t written yet.

- GKC lover

regina doman said...

GKC lover - now that's one question I definitely *can't* answer. You'll have to wait and see!

Elizabeth said...

Um, does the story involve computer hacking? Alex had said his dad knew something about it, and the whole thing with a secret password (Open Sesame!) sounds almost made for that sort of situation. Though this may be another question you can't answer :)

regina doman said...

Elizabeth - you are perceptive! I better not say any more...

Anonymous said...

ok i think somebody said something about this earlier but i'll say it anyway, person who doesn't like kateri, how can you say she's steriotypical if you've never met anybody like that? just a thought... and a question about A&K's story, i know we sorta already have but will we meet any good characters that like sports and other things besides poetry and swords in some of the other books, not that those things are bad, but it seems so far [going back to rob] that all the characters who like sports and i dunno, something else girly that rose and blanche don't like i can't think of anything are bad. which makes me sad cause i really like football and it comes across as something bad it seems in the stories :(

regina doman said...

Oh, I think I understood TPWHK quite well: she was saying that Kateri was like your stereotypical fictional heroine today, who's tough as nails but still stunningly attractive and brilliant to boot ...

About sports - well, martial arts *is* a sport, you know. :) I personally don't care for football, basketball, but that's just my own prejudice and short-sightedness. In the Midnight Dancers, there is a basketball lover. And I don't consider sports bad or anything - I just don't happen to care for them. That's all.

In John Paul 2 High, whose characters I was heavily involved with, the main character is an athlete, and right now there's a sports-loving girl who appears in Book 4, so rest assured that my personal disinclination for sports does not mean I'll never feature a main character (even a girl!) who loves them!

"Lady Rose" said...

He he! I love football too.

GO BEARS!


(Okay, okay, so I only like football because my cousins play it... and it is the ONLY sport where I have even the faintest idea what is going on.)

GO BEARS!

Anonymous said...

About the sports thing, Ms. Doman, might you someday write a book with a character who likes a more artistic sport like figure skating? (I kind of asked this question in the Midnight Dancers comment area, but I thought I would put it here too.) Joanna F.

P.S. I also wanted to say that I am in the same boat as TPWHK. I really like what she stands for, but I still don't really like her. The thing I found most intersting about her is that she is part Polish. That really cought my eye because I'm Polish. :)

regina doman said...

Q: About the sports thing, Ms. Doman, might you someday write a book with a character who likes a more artistic sport like figure skating?

A: I hadn't thought about it, but I'll have to consider that!

regina doman said...

Q: About the sports thing, Ms. Doman, might you someday write a book with a character who likes a more artistic sport like figure skating?

A: I hadn't thought about it, but I'll have to consider that!

Anonymous said...

Hey, you have had very literary and artistic characters spread throughout your books. Will any of your forthcoming books have characters that are more scientifically/ technologically inclined?

regina doman said...

Doesn't Paul Fester count??? Oh, I guess he's still pretty artistic. :)

I actually have a book in the till that I haven't ever blogged about that features a heroine who is not artistic at all. But I'm not going to say more about that now.

BTW one thing I hope to never do is to feature a main character who is a writer, like me. That just seems weird and sort of vain.

Like those movies about "ordinary" people (played by Hollywood stars) who at the end of the movie end up happily ever after and guess what? Working in Hollywood becoming "actors!" Too strange!

Anonymous said...

ha! GO HUSKERS! i'm actually working on a story about a woman who ends up coaching college football in her husbands place while he's in iraq, i know its far fetched [its mostly for me, and i'm not working on it that seriously cause of school] but its fun, like 'lady rose' i have a faint idea of what's going on, but this has really helped me understand even more about the game, like what positions the players are and stuff :)