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Ben Lyle Bedard

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Born in Buckfield, a rural town in the state of Maine, Ben Lyle Bedard grew up in the country. He studied at the University of Maine at Farmington. After graduating from college, he eventually moved across the country to Oregon and then California, where he studied for his Master’s Degree at Mills College, in Oakland. He moved to Buffalo for his PhD. In Buffalo he met his future wife, a Fulbright scholar from Chile. Bedard followed her back to Chile where they married. Together with his wife, Fernanda Glaser, he co-wrote a short biography of the Nobel prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral, Regional Creature: An Introduction to Gabriela Mistral, which was published by LetrArte in 2017. Now they live by the ocean in La Serena, Chile, where Ben ...more

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The Slinger Trilogy began as a vague desire to write about pioneers on another planet. However, I didn't want to…more
Hi Tina, thanks for the question!

The Slinger Trilogy began as a vague desire to write about pioneers on another planet. However, I didn't want to write a book from the perspective of cold, white walls and expensive science fiction gadgets. I wanted to write about how I thought the pioneering experience would be for most people. I wanted it to be down in the mud and real and I wanted to talk less about the people who change the world and more about the people who are caught up in that change.

That was my desire. I didn't know the best way to do that. At the time I was interested in dialect writing of all kinds and just in dialects in general. It came to me that a good way to talk about ordinary people was to speak in dialect, and what better way to portray a frontier world than the use of the western dialect? Once I started writing it, I thought it worked very well, and it propelled the entire Trilogy.

As to point of view, the book is written in third person, limited omniscience. The point of view changes from time to time from one character to another to best tell the story. Sometimes the narration pulls back into full-blown omniscience.

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Ben Lyle Bedard When she dreamt, there were blue skies and green fields, but when she woke there was always blood. The skies had turned dark a long time ago and she…moreWhen she dreamt, there were blue skies and green fields, but when she woke there was always blood. The skies had turned dark a long time ago and she knew while that was true, she could not be stopped.(less)
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