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The Grotto Under the Tree Tour: Behind the Scenes

Monday, October 7, 2013
In a small New England seaside town there grew an ancient oak tree. It sat on a small hill behind a red brick elementary school. Legend has it the tree was planted by a wandering monk just after the town was founded in 1757. No one recalls his name, but they did say he was tall and thin with long brown hair, and was known for the hooded cloak he always wore. Some say the cloak was used to hide his pointed faerie ears.

Halloween night 1973, a New England nor’ easter sweeps in off the ocean and the ancient tree is blown down. In the small space exposed on the underside of the tree two children, Sebastian and Sara, discover something extraordinary. They find a perfectly carved stone staircase spiraling down into a secret tunnel. The tunnel leads them into an underground grotto where they discover a pod of Mer people (mermaids, mermen and mer-children). A short while later they come face to face with the person who planted the tree.

They are astonished to find out that he is not really a man, but a magical elven lord named Capri. For centuries Capri has searched for his lost tribe and his betrothed. He traveled the world planting these magical trees as beacons for his people. Capri leads the children on an adventure to the Arctic Circle in his flying galleon, Telestar. Upon reaching the far north they find the one human the elves have befriended. Someone who can help Capri find his tribe and his lost love. During their journey they are pursued by ghost-like creatures called The Kylo. These creatures prey upon the remaining magical creatures of the world. The elves are the last line of defense against the Kylo. If they fall then there is nothing tostop these creatures from hunting humans

Behind the Scenes of the Writing Process

Behind the scenes
(Anything to do with the writing process: habits/quirks, research process, inspiration, choosing names & settings, etc.)

I keep a journal of names. Whenever I hear a word or name that jumps out at me I write it in the journal. So when the time comes I have a laundry list of cool names to pull from.

Things you think every aspiring author should know
It's not as glamorous as it looks but its twice as fulfilling as it seems. With that said writing (or any art) is not an end unto itself. Don't get sucked into the thinking that "it's all about the art". Everything else takes a back seat to "the art". This is wrong. I had never achieved any success until I got my life in order. God, Family, friends and then "the art" comes after all the other stuff. I saw Francis Ford Copola echo the same thing in an interview. He said the best thing for his film career was getting married. Don't put the rest of your life on hold.

Reasons to read your book: It's unlike any other YA fantasy book out there. It does have mythological races that have appeared in past fiction but it is a fresh take on them.

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“Wow,” Sebastian gasped. “I wish I could live that long.”
“No you don’t,” Capri replied.
“What do you mean?”
My kind was given a choice long ago. To live a long life free from sickness or to live mortal lives with souls and a chance at eternity in the afterlife.”
“And you chose long life.” Sara asked.
“We chose wrong,” Capri corrected her.

Your Writing Process
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Why is it important for writers — especially those just starting out — to have the support of their friends and family?
I don't think it is. If it's something you are passionate about then no positive or negative reinforcement should move you. People may not take you seriously until they see you making sacrifices and putting in the time.

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2 comments on "The Grotto Under the Tree Tour: Behind the Scenes"
  1. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me.

  2. An interesting delete scene. A stunning cover.


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