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I don’t think anyone really grows up in every aspect of their life and thank heavens for that. Some things linger in the ‘kid’ part of my brain that seems to never go away. As I’ve grow older these allow me to recapture the excitement that still lingers in those pockets of childhood wishes and time travel is at the top of my list.
I think about it often. I’ve daydreamed how it would be and what I would do. There are people I would love to see and watch them in the original environment they existed in. I’ve always thought how wonderful it would be if I could go back just long enough to help them survive a traumatic event or offer them some information that would improve their life. I’d be a hero and everyone would love me. I’ve entertained thoughts of how I could go back in time for nearly 50 years now and eight years ago I started writing down what the rules might be if it were possible.
As I’ve traveled the world since I was seven years old, ancient or even rundown buildings and cities would spark my imagination, wondering what the people were like back then when the building or city was first built. Perhaps I had some ancestors that lived there and their footprints would be all over the place. That’s what got me thinking about how I could travel back in time. Being blood related, perhaps I could see my ancestor’s footprints glow, beckoning me back to their time.
Beyond the Map’s Boundary, my first novel in the series, brings all of those crazy thoughts together to paint a fun, fast paced, ever twisting time travel novel for young adults. It’s sequel, The Chronicles of Quant, brings to life the magical powers that I’ve always wanted to possess.
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Wow! What a terrific group of students! Suzanne Lowry, the Media Specialist (who, by-the-way, had a fantastic costume on today) tried to prepare me for the possibility of a rambunctious group, due to the costumes and predominantly substitute teachers being present today. She could see how excited the children were, but no one had the slightest idea that they would be so respectful, attentive and participatory. They were FANTASTIC! Even the little pre-school children were well behaved and involved in the presentation.
Credit goes to the wonderful preparation Mrs. Lowry put forth and council she gave before the students arrived in the gym. My warmest thanks goes out to you, Suzanne, along with the cute cowboy Principal (who seems to know how to do everything) and muscle-demo man and all of the excellent teachers there at Canyon Elementary.
Best wishes on your exciting Book Fair tonight.
I did a presentation today to the most amazing group of over 400 students, grades three through six, at South Weber Elementary School, South Weber, Utah. They were exceptionally bright and well behaved, which is a tribute to their parents, teachers and the school administrators. It’s something they all can be proud of.
I want to thank the Librarian, Jan Stanger for setting up the assembly and all the work she did to help the children get ready. Also, the Principal, Marilyn Hales, was so very generous with her time to mentor me in an even better presentation. These two woman are amazing! Special thanks to Jennifer and others whose names I do not know, to get the equipment up and running. Good people!
I had a lot of fun and plan to return for lunch on the 21st of this month to do more book signings.
Until then, you South Weber readers…”Happy Reading!”
Beyond the Map’s Boundary is being featured on the Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tour on June 10. Go read about it by clicking the link below:
I start my Virtual Book Tour today with an interview with Working Writers. You will be able to read the interview here. This will be the first in a two week run and a new experience for me. I love the feeling of being excited and a little fearful on a new adventure. It keeps me sharp and observant. It should be fun. I’ll keep you updated on my experiences with this tour as it moves along.
Sue Rakes wrote a wonderful book review leading up to the booksigning at Borders Bookstore in Logan, UT on Saturday the 24th of April. Left click on the article and then use your scroll while holding down the control key on your computer keyboard to enlarge the article for you so you can read it easier.
I am doing a book signing in Logan, Utah at Borders on Saturday, April 24th between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.
We’ll be holding some drawings for posters and an audio book. It should be fun! Pray for rain because the bookstore fills up on a rainy day.
See you there!