Entries from April 2008 ↓

Purple Mountain’s Majesty

I apologize for being away so long. I’ve been trying to finish my latest project and I’m happy to announce I’ve succeeded. At least with part of it. Book one in a new series will be available soon. All I’m waiting for is the illustrator to hand over the prints.

Purple Mountain’s Majesty is a dramatic departure from my usual genre of suspenseful psychological crime thriller. It is a children’s fantasy and a collaborative effort with my oldest granddaughter, who at eleven loves to read stories about elves, pixies and witches. 

Originally, I intended it to be an adventurous short story of self-discovery, something special just for her to share with her friends. But during the writing phase something happened and it morphed into a book, complete with illustrations. I’m not sure what actually happened to cause that, but I’m glad it did. It’s nice to be able to write in another genre. Gives me the opportunity to view the world from a different perspective.

It grew into a series when my other grandchildren (two girls ages 9 and two boys ages 6 and 4) discovered what I was doing. In short order I had a list of four more books, all collaborative and each written with a specific grandchild in mind.

Themes are universal and include good versus bad, finding and making new friends, doing what is right. I am afterall a Papa and love my grandchildren dearly and will do anything for them at the drop of a hat. Given an opportunity to write something special that nutures them is a gift I never expected. 

 All of which is a good thing. My editor, Colleen Kappeler, loved Purple Mountain’s Majesty. For once she was able to sleep after reading one of my books.