There was once a time when I only delved into the writing of horror stories, particularly nasty, gruesome, bloody short stories. As a teenage boy, I wrote like this because this was the genre I loved to read. I also thought I would write nothing else.
But as we writers know, we grow up and our ideas change. I was soon writing novels or, at least what I considered novels, about my life. And so those depressing days of high school came to the foreground. Funnily, I believed that no one had it as bad as I in high school.
Then, I reached adulthood and started writing what I thought were grander attempts at novels. I still focused on my own experiences; however, more so with what was going on in the world.
One thing that I figured I would never write was a children’s book, especially a fantasy since I never really had an inclination to write fantasy.
My first real novel, The Monarchs, was based upon my trips to Mexico and the migration of the monarch butterflies. However, the bigger idea of the book concerns an older, retired couple who are going through the dilemma of the man’s bout with cancer. I have never had cancer but I borrowed this idea from the life of a good friend of mine.
After TM, I wrote several short stories. But then, my idea to write a middle grade fantasy novel materialized. I can only say it was inspired by my grade 5 class that I was teaching at the time. I started tossing around ideas and I consulted my cousin, a children’s bookshop owner, about ideas for a fantasy. We came up with mythology, namely Norse, and I ended up writing More Precious Than Rubies: The Return of the Norse Gods.
Frustrated, I could not get anything published and so, two years ago, I decided to go the route of self-publishing. Even though I had composed TM long before MPTR, I chose to self-publish the latter book first. I thought that this would be a smoother initiation into the world of self-publishing since middle-grade children’s fantasy seemed more popular than a somewhat morose novel about cancer at the time.
I told my family and close friends that they will see an incredible difference in the books’ styles. It is not surprising to see writers write in various genres; however, it would probably be shocking to read TM right after reading MPTR.
There is a dark theme in MPTR, written for children but TM, written for adults, contains profanity, a sex scene, and some pretty graphic hospital scenes.
Most readers are not naïve. When reading books, they know the genre and they know the audience for which the books have been written. I just think it is interesting to see what transpires in the mind of a reader.
Interestingly, I am writing a memoir at the moment.