Episode 181 – “Embrace The Elephant!

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Our guest is writer Lori Beninger

Website:  http://www.ontrackpublishing.com/

Her book is Embracing the Elephant

“…historically evocative…” – Publishers Weekly

“…a journey worth taking…” – ForeWord Reviews

“Beninger’s skillful use of language pulls you into the story and makes the scenes come alive” – The Historical Novel Society



Embracing the Elephant is a powerful novel about one child coming of age at precisely the moment a nation enters its own new age – at the California Gold Rush. It is a tale of fierce determination, resilience, discovery, and hope.

Embracing the Elephant is a powerful story about one child coming of age at precisely the moment a nation enters its own new age. It is a tale of fierce determination, resilience, discovery, and best of all: hope.

Undeterred by the most dire warnings, in 1848 eleven-year-old Guinevere Walker embarks on a perilous journey to reunite with her widowed father. From her home in Boston she sails to Rio de Janeiro, around Cape Horn, to the rudimentary town of San Francisco — ultimately arriving at the California mountain range called the Sierra Nevada, known for both its beauty and brutality.

As Guine and her father struggle to forge a new relationship, they confront the most massive human migration the world has ever known: the California Gold Rush. Hundreds of thousands of fortune hunters from around the globe flood into the burgeoning territory to “See the Elephant” – to experience a great adventure, dig for a golden fortune, face the harshest realities, and search for their own personal truths.





What is your favorite time? If you could time travel and control it, which none of my characters do, where would you go? What would happen if the myth of a time collided with the reality and inconvenience? What would happen if you told people in the past about the future?


Word of the week:


with Anu Garg


1. Custom-made.
2. Relating to custom-made products.



Shortening of bespoken, past participle of bespeak (to speak for, to arrange), from Old English besprecan (to speak about). Earliest documented use: 1755.



“Book in for an eye test, as it’s much better for your eyes to get a pair that are bespoke to your needs, rather than just picking up a pair in the supermarket.”
Keep Eye Health in Your Sights; Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland); Jun 28, 2015.

Tortured Sentences:

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

Where “WWW” means “Wretched Writers Welcome”

Winner: Fantasy

As he strolled among the Kenthellians, through the wide parndamets along the River Elinionenin, thrimbening his tometoria and his Almagister’s scrollix, he thought to himself, “Wow, it is sure convenient there’s a glossary for made-up fantasy words on page 1048.” — Stephen Young



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