I strongly encourage those who are inclined to crowd-fund to do so. I offer my story to prospective crowd-funders in the hope that it will shine a light on some personal aspects of the experience.
When our daughter was born, some twenty years ago, she was placed in my arms and I began to float on air. I had the same experience almost six years later when our son was born. But that’s another story. It was my daughter’s very early childhood that led to the creation of Maggie MacCormack and the Witches’ Wheel.
After our daughter was born, I couldn’t wait to get home from work each day to spend as much time with her as I could. And in the still of the night, with my daughter snuggled into me, I would think of all the things I would share with her while she was growing. I imagined reading Where the Wild Things Are to her, and The Secret Garden, Narnia and Lord of the Rings. And so I did.
As my daughter began to read on her own, I was struck by the lack of modern fictional female heroes whose adventures she could share. Now, there may have been characters and books I missed, but I certainly didn’t see anything that resonated for young girls the way that Harry Potter did. Young women were delighted with the boy with Coke-bottle glasses that took the world by broomstick. And so they should have been, but I felt my daughter deserved a strong female hero who lived in a world that brought out that strength. I decided I was up for the job and set out to create a character and her world –– in essence, a new fantasy series that would appeal to young women. Years later my amazing son would encourage me to change Maggie’s domain to a place for young men as well as young women.
I write and I draw. My repertoire is eclectic – including children’s books, short stories and YA novels, comic books, graphic novels and film. Thanks for dropping by. Please message me if you’d like to connect.
During my crowdfunding campaign there have been peaks and valleys, days of fruitful contributions and days when I wondered where all the YA fans had gone. What looks initially like rejection or indifference, we discover is simply a sign that busy people are attending to the events of their day-to-day lives.
Last night I was at the Todd Rundgren’s Utopia concert. I’ve seen Utopia many times since the early 80s. Their drummer, Willie Wilcox is my friend.
At some point during the show I looked around at the audience. It was filled with people who loved this band and were delighted to be at the show.
What struck me about 99% of the people I saw at the concert was that most of them had either grey hair or no hair.