Lore gatherers are small, magical beings (about six to eight inches tall) who live all over the world and have an ancient and abiding distrust of humans. You would too if you were pursued by a dangerous ape with clothes on that just wants to possess you.
This fantasy book is the first in what will hopefully be many leprechaun novels, centering on Molly, a twelve-year-old lore gatherer whose father drives her crazy. What happens when her father’s pot of gold turns up empty and Molly gets blamed? An adventure that takes her all the way back to ancient Rome and introduces her to a poetry-writing fox, a hyper-intelligent chicken, and even Julius Caesar himself.
I am a former actor, turned attorney, turned fantasy writer.
In March of 2013, while I was on an extended visit to California with my family, I read an article about Pixar and how they think about outlining a story at the highest, most generalized level. I've always been terrible at outlining, so I latched on. It breaks down like this:
Once upon a time, there was [A].
Every day, [A did B].
One day, [A did C, or C happened to upset the routine].
Because of that [D happened]
Because of that [E happened] Etc.
Until finally, [Z].
This, I could grasp. The simple orderliness of it made me think my 10-year-old boy could grasp it too, so I took him for a walk, and we created our own story outline.
Flash forward to late 2015. Work was difficult, and I desperately needed a creative outlet. I've always wanted to write a book, but have always been terrible at coming up with ideas. With my son's permission, I found our outline and started writing my first novel in January 2016. My job is demanding, and between that and the demands of parenthood, the only real time I could carve out for myself was the 20 minutes I spent on the subway to and from work every day. So bit by bit, paragraph by paragraph, I churned out a first draft.
Part of my hope for starting this project was simply to teach myself something about writing a novel. But also, because my boys are both artists (and pretty great story-tellers), I hope that seeing it, they will see what is possible for themselves.