December 4, 2011

What? No supernatural? No Fairy Tales?

pirate ship by Dean Vann

My main writing focus/genre has been the supernatural for a long time. It’s easy for me to remember when it all began because I started writing Jaclyn’s Ghost right after my son, Dean, was born, and he’ll be eight-years-old soon. I actually wrote my first fairy tale inspired short story about 19 years ago but didn’t start my blog and/or using them as my main inspiration until around 5 years ago.

I have not worked outside the home since Dean was born and all he’s ever known me to do is to write. When Jaclyn’s Ghost was published in 2008 (it was first published by Tease Publishing LLC as part of their Dark Tarot series titled Death for the death card) and I received my first shipment of paperbacks, I think he was more excited then I was. The first book I ever signed was to him.

I bring all this up because about a month ago he asked me to write a book for him. At first I took it all kind of lightly and thought I would jot down a little short story. But it has turned into something else that I’m both excited and nervous about. Even though I have a couple of YA novels, they are still both supernatural and fairy tale themed. Not what my 7-year-old little boy is interested in.

Here was his list of wants:

  • I want a long story.

  • I want it funny and with jokes.

  • I want ninja. (He informed me that more than one ninja was still ninja.)

  • I want pirates.

After I wrote the first chapter, he wanted to read it. Something else that makes me apprehensive because I usually don’t let anyone read anything until it has gone through several rewrites. But it was awesome hearing him laugh out loud and ask me, “Where’s the next chapter?”

I also had a want of my own: for him to draw the pictures. He was so excited about that and we have since bought him a drawing pad and a pencil set. He has about 40 pictures so far, one of which is the pirate ship up top.

So as you can see, this is completely out of my writing comfort zone – (but I’m actually trying to sneak in some steampunk, something I’ve wanted to do but too unsure to try.) I’m not sure of the future of this book – but it doesn’t matter. I love the fact that this is encouraging him to read and to use his creativity. And also, it is really cool having a project that we can work on together.  Coming soon: Pirates vs Ninja - written by Dorlana Vann, illistrated by Dean Vann.

Love and Laughter,



Victoria said...

That is so sweet. To be able to write a story for your son must be such a wonderfully fulfilling act.
Even though my kids are long grown (youngest is 19 1/2) I'll be interested in checking out the story.

Dorlana said...

It is :) We're having a lot of fun with it. And thank you!

Sheryl Tuttle said...

Blogs need "like" buttons. Sounds like a really cool project!

Dorlana said...

hey Sheryl,
I just went and tried to set that up under reactions - so we shall see if it shows up on my next blog post. And Thanks :) Nice to hear from you.