Saturday, January 17, 2009
Estelle "Tell" Clancy
Sally's People are characters I invented for books, short stories and poems. Their creation spans the last three decades of the 20th Century and (so far) the first of the 21st.
Tell Clancy is fifteen, an intense girl with kind but somewhat distant (and estranged) parents. Much of Tell's attention and affection is directed towards her best friend, the withdrawn genius Camena de Courcy. When Gerhardt Watchman, a new boy at St Boniface College, takes an interest in Camena, Tell is immediately on her guard. There is something not quite right about Gerhardt.
Because Tell has always acted as Camena's emotional support and filter, and because she compares herself to her friend, she underestimates her own appearance and intelligence. She has no idea of her own strength of character, nor that she is potentially telepathic. Tell is a survivor, and she needs every shred of her strength to survive the adventure that begins at Trinity Street and which will take her far away, with no hope of return.
Tell is one of my favourites among my characters; another of the strong-minded teenagers I created during the 1990s. She appears in "Trinity Street", published in 1997 by HarperCollins Australia.