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. Continue reading
- Author: Dean Koontz
- Performed by Luke Daniels
- Published: Brilliance Audio, released on Audible August 2013
- Category: Children’s Fantasy/Fairytale
To the world, the Oddkins are just stuffed animals. But all of these soft, cuddly, sweet-faced toys share a wonderful, magical secret… they’re alive!
Created by Mr. Isaac Bodkins, the old toy maker, the Oddkins are made only for very special children, those who must face something difficult in life and need a true friend. The Oddkins are given to these children to inspire them, help them, and love them as long as the children need them. Only now the toys themselves – Amos, the brave stuffed bear; Skippy, the rabbit who dreams of being a superstar; Butterscotch, the gently, floppy-eared pup; as well as Burl the elephant; Gibbons; and Patch the cat – are the ones in need of help.
Mr Isaac Bodkins, the toymaker, was dead. His magical toy animals, who he nicknamed Oddkins because they were odd (as in alive) and kin (because they were his family) were sad and scared. Isaac had made the toys especially for children who are suffering in some way and need a special and secret friend. A friend who will guide and support, and help them fulfil their potential. Isaac thought he had a little more time but died before he could talk to city toymaker Colleen Shannon about taking over his shop, Leben Toys. Continue reading