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My lifelong mission is to become the Greatest Fantasy Author Since Tolkien (or Lewis, on Sundays.) Fingers crossed, I intend to write and illustrate a new book each year until I get arthritis.
My second book, Riverlilly, is the story of a boy and girl lost at sea in a world where nothing makes sense. Imagine Prince Caspian meets the Phantom Tollbooth, then mix in some Life of Pi. Riverlilly is nothing like that. Imagine it better!
I tried to write a book that I would love to read. For me, that means a lot of head-scratching puzzles that you don't even realize are riddles at first, a lot of humor and a lot of heart, maybe a little smooching, characters and places I have never read about which nonetheless feel like I have been reading about them all my life, a twist like a whirlpool stuck inside an hourglass, and magic that is at once subtle and overwhelming. I am not saying I accomplished any of this. It's just some crap to think about.
Riverlilly has deep roots in fairy tales and fables, but the truly old-fashioned stuff takes place below the surface. Adrift in their boat, Jai and Ceder meet no elves or dwarves or knights or princesses. They do, however, befriend a fisherman who has never caught a fish, and he more than makes up for any omissions of the standard fare. The absence of orcs and magic wands notwithstanding, there are many *winks* to the genre masters in Riverlilly, as well as plays on classical philosophy and parallels to modern science, often tucked between the same lines. Like all good legends, this is a story that never ends.
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My first book, Pence, is a dark story ultimately, although it is for kids and kids-at-heart. Half-fable, half-fantasy, half-tragedy, half-comedy, approximately. Pence is a small boy carved out of a potato with all the wrong proportions of courage and common sense, a head that is a mite on the fat side and a mouth too big for any respectable vegetable.
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By J. Evans
Published: June 14, 2011.
Runaways Jai and Ceder set sail in a boat full of holes, never imagining their desperate voyage will ignite a maelstrom of primeval forces roiling to the surface as they search for anything to hold onto in a world where nothing is what it seems.
By J. Evans
Published: March 29, 2011.
"The boy was named Pence because he was made from a potato grown close to the fence, or so he gathered." With all the wrong proportions of courage and common sense, a head that is a mite on the fat side and a mouth too big for any respectable vegetable, Pence will have you laughing out loud to the bitter end.
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