Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Lost Spark
I've been writing most of my life. I can still remember one of the first short stories I wrote in middle school for Mrs. Hund's class called "The Girl with the Golden Eyes." It was about a daughter of Medusa who didn't want to end up like her mother. Yeah, my love of all things mythology goes back a long way. I wish I still had a copy of that story, though I am sure my memory of it is WAY better than the actual words on the page.
Now years later, I will do something I've dreamed of my entire life. I will publish my first novel.
THE LOST SPARK is the story of Angie, a teenager girl thrust into danger in order to help her aging grandfather, Mac. You see, while most people around Mac think he's lost his marbles, Angie learns the truth. He didn't lose them. They were stolen from him. And, these weren't just any marbles. These were Mac's sparks - relics from his past with magical powers that only a child could dream up.
In our youth, we all had that one special thing - be it a blanket, stuffed animal, toy or whatnot - that one unique spark that held a special place in our heart. With it, we imagined the great things we could do. Unfortunately, as we get older, we lose that connection. Our sparks get thrown away or lost or broken. We forget about the magic. We become lost ourselves in the reality around us, burdened by the stresses of life. But if we can maintain that precious bond to the power of our youthful imagination, then the magic of our sparks can become reality.
Without his marbles, Mac's mind is failing him, and it's up to Angie to save him. But in order to face the challenges that await, Angie must first reconnect with her own spark and rekindle the power it holds.
THE LOST SPARK is an adventurous tale of fantasy and wonder harkening to such works as Peter Pan, Harry Potter, and The Wizard of Oz. It celebrates the magic of childhood imagination that must be cherished or lost forever.
I'll be talking more about this project as its release later this year approaches. Stay tuned.