I am a writer of children's books, (Middle Grade.) My fantasy series first book, Truth Teller, is due to make its debut on the 25th January 2012. There are currently three books in the series, Truth Teller, The Wrath of Siren and Favian's Law. A forth book, Lost Magic, is still under development. I also have a fantasy/sci-fi novel, Unknown Reality, that I have just completed and is in the submission process. I have various other books in the pipeline including a MG novel aged at younger children, The World in Johnny's Back Garden and a fantasy adventure titled, Lost Childhood.
I, author Vickie McKeehan, bring Kurt to Sturtevant Falls, an enchanted section of green hills near L.A.’s San Gabriel Mountains. It isn’t what Charlotte found in Chapel Forest, Kurt, but as close as I can get to making my UK friend feel at home
Thank you so much, Vickie :) It's an honour to be interviewed by such a great author and an awesome friend.
Kurt, we all remember a favorite story from our childhood for its sheer entertainment value. It seems no matter how old we get, that one story sticks with us. What was your favorite story as a boy?
The story that stands out most to me in my aging memory has got to be James and the Giant Peach. When I was in primary school, our teacher read the story out to us over a period of time in the classroom. I was fascinated by such an amazing world only Roald Dahl can create.
I couldn’t even write back then, I was so young, but I loved the story so much I wrote it out in my own words that I could understand, the whole story as I remembered it. You could say it was the first book I have ever written, pushing aside copyright laws. LOL When I was grown up with children of my own, I was helping my mum clear out her house and I found that book I wrote. Excitedly scanning the pages, I soon realised I couldn’t understand a single word I wrote. How funny!
Thirty years pass in a flash of elven magic and Charlotte loses all those dear to her. She tries to put things right but is forced to return home, leaving Elderfield to face certain death.
She has no way to save him, but worst still, no way to save herself. The discovery that her own world is changed beyond recognition leaves her no choice but to give up her gateway forever.
Eleven-year-old Chloe gasps in awe at the magical splendour of the theatre performance, but her excitement soon vanishes during an autograph hunt and an encounter with the baddie from the show. His unbelievable claim of a flawed universe freaks her out. This starts a chain of unexplainable events that threaten to destroy the only reality Chloe has ever known.
Then, one night, they come for her.
Elderfield accepts a Gateway into another realm in a desperate bid to protect the human child, Charlotte, from the Dark Druid. His good intentions go horribly wrong, threatening the destruction of all his people and condemning the Truth Teller to a life she can never escape.
How could a modern day girl like Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? Even with her own vivid imagination, the place for other realms belonged in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thought, until she stumbled across a hidden curio shop. The strange shopkeeper gives her a gift, but this is no ordinary snow globe. The world Charlotte always knew disappears into a mystical land.