[DWJ] News from the archive - The Merlin Conspiracy

Sally Odgers sally at sallyodgers.com
Tue Jun 14 22:21:27 EDT 2011

Aw... I'd LOVE to read the completed books. Just think; they could have 
made a timey-wimey inter-connection quartet. 

Sally Odgers

On Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:30:17 -0400, Amy Harlib wrote:

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> Amy
> -----Original Message----- From: Hannah Green
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> Subject: [DWJ] News from the archive - The Merlin Conspiracy
> I've spent the last couple of days reading through three partial 
> manuscript drafts of early versions of 'The Merlin Conspiracy'. The 
> three manuscripts are numbered sequentially from 1 to 3, suggesting 
> that is the order in which they were written. All three are 
> significantly different from each other and from the published book, 
> although similarities in characters and events can be seen in all 
> three versions. 
> Manuscript '1' focuses on a heroine called Hedda Hyde, a crime writer 
> and detective whose grandfather appears to be a Magid, and who is 
> sent to search for Romanov in Loggia City. Manuscript '2' is only 
> four pages long and bears the title 'Magicmaster (?)'. It features 
> Romanov on his island, meeting Mini the elephant and seeing visions 
> of a young girl seeking his help. Manuscript '3' focuses on a teenage 
> boy called Geraint Harvey, who is attending a convention with his 
> grandfather, a crimewriter and a Magid. As with Hedda Hyde in the 
> first manuscript, he is sent to Loggia City in search of Romanov, 
> while a parallel story begins to develop featuring Conrad, a trainee 
> from the Royal College of Magicians sent to protect the Crown Prince 
> of England as he plays a cricket match in France. 
> It's fascinating to see how certain elements of the story were 
> clearly in place very early on - Loggia City, and Mini, for example - 
> and yet so much is different in these early attempts. There are 
> passages from these manuscripts which make it almost word for word 
> into the published book, and yet the surrounding context is 
> completely different. 
> I really do love my job!
> Hannah Green
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