At long last, I can share some more details about my book!
Here is the lovely cover for my middle-grade, fairy tale, adventure novel, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale”, set to be released on May 30, 2017 by Xist Publishing.
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
That was the quote I found, on a long ago night, when I was 19 years old. It sparked a short story about a little boy listening to the tale of a Sculptor and a Sorcerer, both obsessed with bringing an Ice Maiden to life.
On that cold night in Syracuse, there was no way to know how long I would spend carving. I had no idea how many years that story would spend with me. How it would open doors and end up as my very first published novel. I’ve given up on this story so many times, and yet, magically it has never given up on me.
I always joke that this story is easy to read, but very hard to describe, still I’ll try my best:
Every town has an old lady all the children just know is a witch and the quiet burg of Dunkler Wald is no different. When Johanna and Casper Sullivan need to be babysat by their neighbor, Mrs. Kinder, the town’s resident “witch”, they have no idea what to expect.
Their afternoon begins with Mrs. Kinder telling them two intertwining stories. The first is about a sculptor named Gabriel who believes he sees an angel trapped inside a block of ice and becomes compelled to carve her. The second story follows Sebastian, a sorcerer, who finds the statue and becomes obsessed with bringing her to life. Sebastian and Gabriel’s adventures take them through a magical landscape where they encounter creatures like the Goblin Keeper of Lost Things, the Swamp Witch who speaks in rhyme and even a frozen Dragon. At the heart of this two-sided and intertwining fairy tale is the idea that love and redemption can transcend even death. This strikes Johanna and Casper close to home as the children search for a way to cope with the crisis unfolding in their own family.
I use Pinterest for story ideas, so for a peek at some of my inspiration for this book, you can check out my Ice Maiden’s Tale board.
If you review children’s books and are interested in reviewing mine, drop me a line about your blog/vlog.
I hope you come along with me on the last part of my journey, and together we’ll finally set the angel free.