I’m very pleased to welcome to A.H. Richardson, author of Jorie and the Magic Stones, to the blog today.
Over to you, Angela.
A question that is frequently asked when someone has read ‘Jorie and the Magic Stones’ is — “Where do your ideas come from?” I loved writing this story, and it I can truthfully trace it back to my childhood.
I will try to keep this narrative short, but I want to tell my readers, that an idea (arguably the strongest force in the world) can stay with one for many, many years.
As a child of seven, I was rather headstrong and wildly imaginative, and considered a bit of a ‘handful!’ At the foot of my grandfather’s large garden, there ran a swift running little canal, at the side of which was tied a little canoe, which I found irresistible. I had been told, that under no circumstances was I to take this boat out ‘on my own’ or there would be stiff penalties. My grandmother was something of a martinet, and it was a good idea to be obedient, when she issued a decree.
One day, I apparently threw caution to the wind, climbed into the boat, and untied the rope! Perhaps I thought that the boat would remain stationary, however, such was not the case. To shorten my story, I was apprehended by a man with a worried face, as I sailed delightedly down the canal, borne along by the swift current. I remember a lot of shouting and wailing, and stern voices … clearly, I was in trouble. I remember my grandfather, after I had been reluctantly rescued, telling me that the water was deep, and no-one knew what could be down there. I replied ‘I would have been just fine, there’s a City under the water, with wizards and dragons, and I should have been safe.” You don’t want to hear the rest of this sad saga — little girl was punished — BUT, the idea of a world below the deep water, filled with enchanted creatures stayed with me, until 60 years later, and then I wrote ‘Jorie and the Magic Stones’.
IF you want to write, treasure that thought or idea that came to you, give it a safe place, and then write about it, maybe many years later. I think Jorie could be a role model for most little girls; she is brave, funny, loyal, smart and courageous. Rufus is her admirer, her follower, and her much-loved companion, as the two of them brave a thrilling and sometimes humorous adventure, dodging dragons, and making strange and unusual friends. Truth to tell, I have found, to my great delight, that many ‘grown-ups’ have also loved this tale. There is a sequel to this story, called ‘Jorie and the Gold Key’, and one more in the works.
Read, read, read! It is the key that opens many, many doors, too numerous to mention here.
About the book
When Marjorie went to live with her frosty maiden aunt, she couldn’t imagine the adventures she would have with dragons — good and bad — and all the strange creatures that live in a mysterious land beneath the Tarn. The spunky 9-year-old redhead forges an unlikely friendship with an insecure young boy named Rufus who lives with his crusty grandfather next door. When Jorie — for that is what she prefers to be called — finds a dusty ancient book about dragons, she learns four strange words that will send the two of them into a mysterious land beneath the Tarn, riddled with enchantment and danger. Hungry for adventure, the children take the plunge, quite literally, and find themselves in the magic land of Cabrynthius.
Upon meeting the good dragon, the Great Grootmonya, Jorie and Rufus are given a quest to find the three Stones of Maalog — stones of enormous power — and return them to their rightful place in Cabrynthius. Their mission is neither easy nor safe, and is peppered with perils in the form of the evil black half-dragon who rules the shadowy side of the land. They have to deal with a wicked and greedy professor, the tragic daughter of the bad dragon, caves of fire, rocky mountainous climbs, and a deadly poisonous butterfly.
Jorie must rely on her wits and courage to win the day? Can she do this? Can she find all three Stones? Can she save Rufus when disaster befalls him? Can she emerge victorious? She and Rufus have some hair-raising challenges, in which they learn valuable lessons about loyalty, bravery, and friendship.
Jorie and the Magic Stones is the first book in a new chapter book series by A. H. Richardson. Children everywhere will love this adventurous fantasy of Jorie and Rufus, two orphans from very different walks of life, who meet by chance, find a mystic book with four magical Druidic words that provide the key to an astonishing adventure that will plunge them, quite (literally) into another world beneath the dark waters of the Tarn.
“Jorie and the Magic Stones is an enchanting tale of adventure and childhood friendship that captures the attention and imagination of children and adults alike.” – 5 Stars, Amazon Review
“If ever there was a children’s book that was meant for children of all ages, this would be that book. From page 1, you instantly fall in love with the Jorie, the heroine. The storyline flows wonderfully. It makes you feel as if you’re there with the characters feeling the excitement, fears, and joy that they feel as they go on an incredible adventure.” – 5 Stars, Matthew and Alicia Lucy
“I absolutely love this story! It just carried me away and I couldn’t put the book down!! I loved all the different characters… The author did a wonderful job describing all of them and my imagination kept on going!” – 5 Stars, Amazon Review
About the author
A. H. Richardson was born in London, England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an author.
She published her first book, Jorie and the Magic Stones, in December 2014, and has written a sequel to it titled Jorie and the Gold Key at the request of those who loved the first ‘Jorie’ story. She is currently working on the third book in the series.
She is also the author of Murder in Little Shendon, a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two, and introduces two sleuths, Sir Victor Hazlitt and his sidekick, Beresford Brandon, a noted Shakespearian actor. She has more ‘who-dun-its’ planned for this clever and interesting duo… watch for them!
A. H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.
To learn more, go to https://ahrichardson.com/