Over the last few years, as I’ve worked on my new book, I’ve been haunted by the memory of a book I read as a kid and, as I wrote my quest post the other day, I realized why — it’s a story of travel. So I suspect that in some ways it probably inspired TFQ, at least distantly.
I would love to look up again to see why it has had such a hold on me over the years. I know there are alternate resources for this, but thought it might be fun to try here, since ya’ll have been SO fast with the answers, and now that you’re warmed up on our previous Stumps. A signed copy of your choice of my books will go to anyone (the first) who can positively identify it so that I can, I hope, find a copy.
What I can tell you:
- The MC is a young man — teen or early 20s
- He travels alone into an area that was somehow off limits — the outlands, the bad lands, the border lands…?
- At least some of that travel involves an area that in my mind’s eye is a swamp
- The most memorable (to me now) character that he meets is a reclusive old female (not sure if she was actually human or not), but what I remember most about this character was how her drooping, dangling, um, mammary glands were described as dugs. And it seems like she did a fair bit of sobbing. (I would, too, under the circumstances.)
- I read it in the 1970s (1975 or thereabouts), though it may have been out for a while by then. Please don’t laugh at my age, I can’t help it.
- I was reading a lot of Andre Norton, Ursula Le Guin, and Anne McCafferey then, so it may even have been one of theirs.
Answers? Or at least books to chase after?
— Joni Sensel, who will be forever grateful and probably be able to concentrate better if this thing would stop tickling the back of her mind