Rhenna St. Clair—Author & Painter

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Window of the Wind
  • Several times in the early 1990s, I visited friends who were teaching for the B.I.A. in Kayenta, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. During the summer I would set up my oil painting easel at different spots on the Rez, grateful for the desert scenery which is unmatched for beauty. One day was very different. I sat on my stool in the shade of the awning I had attached to my old Nissan Sentra and did nothing. Just sat there. Soon, images of different times and different places appeared before me and I wondered where they came from. Thoughts and ideas formed in my mind and I began to understand how everything that we think we know could be wrong. Could be different. Perhaps the Creation stories we are familiar with aren't the true Creation stories. 
  • I couldn't wait to get back home to Santa Fe. I sat down on the sofa with several yellow legal pads and started writing. I couldn't stop. A story flowed out of me and onto the paper. I entitled the story Window of the Wind because the main character, who has multiple virtues, is also the Wind. I bought a computer. That was a big step because personal computers weren't all that common. My printer was the kind that required accordion-style paper and I still think that type of paper is the easiest to edit. Weeks of writing turned into months of writing, of editing and re-editing. I was hopeful of finding a publisher but finally gave up and realized that wasn't going to happen. At least, not then. 
  • My luck changed in 2019 when my novel Getting New Mexico was published by Pace Press in California. I started this website and decided to serialize Window of the Wind so I could at least get the story out there. I hope you enjoy it!