A Place Made for Adventure – or alien invasion?
Although woven around a fantasy theme, the book explores real human emotions, getting inside the head of teenager Meg, bringing to life her resentments, her friendships, her fears and her need to belong. It was a true story that sparked the idea for the book. Janet Blackwell once witnessed the arrival of a young child, with police escort, to a foster carer's house; it was an unplanned arrival at midnight, the child was dressed in big pyjamas and carrying a bin bag.
In The Bridge and the Butterflies, Meg's mum is a foster carer, but when Meg is woken by the noise of the unplanned late arrival of Mirabel, all she feels is resentment. She had been promised a summer with just the two of them, her and her mum.
Dan Grubb, CEO of East Yorkshire publishing house, Fantastic Books Publishing, says, 'This is an amazing debut novel that brings the magic and mystery of the Yorkshire coast to life. Janet knows the area well and evokes the majesty, the quiet, the calm and the storms of the North Sea. The landscape weaves in and around the building tension of Meg's desperate quest to find the truth about Mirabel.'
'I actually began writing this book in 2010,' Janet tells me. 'It has taken patience and masses of hard work.' What was the hardest part, I ask. 'Taking criticism,' says Janet. 'Help from other writers was invaluable but I had to learn to accept it.'
And what's next? 'This has always been the first book in a trilogy,' Janet says. 'I'm hard at work on book two.'
The Bridge and the Butterflies was officially launched at FantastiCon, an annual fantasy, science-fiction and gaming convention run by Fantastic Books.
Further information about the book and the author
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Janet Blackwell: https://m.facebook.com/
Fantastic Books Publishing: www.fantasticbooksstore.com
Dan Grubb, Fantastic Books Publishing: email fbp-publicity@
Janet Blackwell: janetblackwell25@