While I’m certain it’s different for every author, for me….writing three books has been a learning experience. I suppose the old adage: ‘Nothing is written in stone.” holds especially true for me.
A number of times…I have liked a certain wording…or passage….only to have to eventually discard it, or revise it…in order to make the overall scene, dialogue, or chapter better or more coherent. That…and the job of editing and editing, and re-writing and re-writing. I’ve learned the best method (for me at least) is to write something…and let it sit for a few months before trying to edit it. By doing so…I read what is actually ‘written’ on the page…rather than what I’m assuming is there….just because the story is so stuck in my head already.
Also…I’m not that great an artist…but I ‘know’ what my characters look like. Doing illustrations is always time-consuming…and I’m quite often disappointed with my work. I want something a little less ‘Disney-looking’ and a little more akin to the illustrations one would find in books from the 19th century. I suppose I’ve compromised with something ‘in-between’.
On the other side of that coin…the easiest part is the writing itself. I usually sit down at the keyboard and let the story tell itself. Many times I’ve found myself writing 20 or 30 pages without missing a beat. I’ll sit back in my chair and think: “Wow! That was interesting…I wasn’t expecting that to happen!” With each book, the story I thought I was going to write…and the story that eventually appeared on the pages turned out to be distinctly different.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your series?
The series is a ‘coming of age’ tale set in the year 1849. It involves the precocious young daughter of legendary reindeer, Comet and Vixen. Initially, she has no friends and spends her days alone in the stable at Santa’s Village. She argues with her parents…wanting the freedom to go outside the Village to explore. But her parents forbid her to go outside by herself.
Declaring, “I don’t care how dangerous it is…I want some fun and excitement!” Fawn starts sneaking out each day. She makes friends quite readily, but just as quickly finds herself in dangerous situations.
Book 1, ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls, serves to introduce the cast of characters, their loyalty, and the risks they’re willing to take for one another. Her new-found friends, Bunny and Snowboy, rescue her from the clutches of a hungry arctic wolf, and a conniving sea captain capturing animals of the arctic to sell to a New York City zoo takes Fawn, Bunny and many other creatures prisoner. Snowboy tries to help them, but pays the ultimate price when he’s melted into a pile of slush. Santa and his wizard friend, Wajic, assemble a rescue team, and a battle royal….with elves armed with slingshots and snowballs takes place.
In Book 2, The Ona Pendulum, many questions regarding how Santa got started and how he manages to do what he does are answered, as Fawn and her companions set out to stop an evil former elf princess intent on destroying the Ona Pendulum, which has kept Santa and company alive for more than three hundred years. On the very first Christmas, shooting stars fell to the earth. Elves went out to collect them, and found each possessed a unique magical power. The largest of these was set into a clock-like device…The Ona Pendulum.
Fawn witnesses treachery and cold-heartedness first-hand, but also learns about strength of character and self-sacrifice. She also learns things about herself. When she and her friends are trapped in an underground tunnel without air to breathe…she must push herself to the limit to try to save them all. It’s an exciting adventure and a history lesson all rolled up into one entertaining book.
In Book 3, Far And Yet So Near, a mysterious stranger has taken control of Santa’s reindeer, who march off mindlessly toward destinations unknown. Because Santa and Wajic are inconveniently away at the time, it’s up to Fawn and her friends to trail them and try to bring them back. The stranger confronts them in an underground cavern…but Santa and Wajic arrive in the nick of time. However, the stranger has a trick or two up his sleeve, and as explosions suddenly rock the cavern, he escapes with Fawn. She’s reindeer-napped and secreted off to England. The young reindeer has no idea if her parents and Santa are even alive…and no way of ever getting back home to the North Pole. Housed in the stable of a wealthy English businessman, she befriends his ailing daughter who is dying of tuberculosis. But the young girl has her nanny write a letter…which eventually finds its way to Santa. With the help of some incredible magic, the girl’s condition is greatly improved, and she stands a fighting chance. Fawn has grown…both physically, and as an individual in her months away from home, and the precocious young reindeer of Book 1 has greatly changed.
What inspired you to write this series?
I’ve been a department store/shopping mall Santa since Christmas 1976. Over the decades, I’ve developed quite a repertoire of stories to answer children’s queries about Santa, the North Pole, his elves, reindeer, the Toy Shop, Christmas candies, et al. An idea came to me one day about a young reindeer, I wrote a short story…and thought that was that. But…it was succeeded about a half year later by a second much longer story. At first I thought I had two stories on my hands…but then I decided to combine them…and things took off from there. A small bit of chapter 2 and part of chapter 4 in ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls were the original short story.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
My wife would probably say, “Too many!” Because I’m also an English teacher, writing is always done when I can squeeze in the time. But once an idea for a book hits…it’s not unusual to dedicate 6 hours of more on weekdays, and ten per day on weekends. As I usually include one illustration per chapter…I spend a fair bit of time working on these, as well.
Name your top five favourite books?
Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
James Clavell’s ‘King Rat’.
J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone’.
Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’.
J. Meade Falkner’s ‘Moonfleet’.
What are you working on now?
I am presently toying with ideas for a fourth book in The Adventures of Fawn. I have a few things on paper….but nothing concrete yet.
The Adventures of Fawn Book 1: ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls
The Adventures of Fawn is a ‘coming of age’ series set in the magical world of Santa’s North Pole! The year is 1849, and legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen have a young daughter, Fawn. In this first book, ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls’ the young reindeer spends far too many days alone in the stable at Santa’s Village with no friends and nothing to do. While her parents caution her she’s much too young and inexperienced to go exploring outside Santa’s Village by herself, Fawn disagrees. Declaring, “I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!” she begins sneaking out each day in search of friends, excitement and adventure. She’ll find them all…but also find herself facing dangers like a fierce hungry wolf, a freezing North Pole blizzard, and the treachery of a sea captain capturing animals of the arctic to sell to a zoo in New York City. Along the way, she’ll also learn some valuable lessons about what’s really important in life. The Adventures of Fawn are filled with fun and excitement for all ages!
The Adventures of Fawn continue as an evil former elf Princess is trying to destroy The Ona Pendulum…a device that enables Santa, Wajic, his elves and reindeer to live for hundreds of years. So Fawn and her friends are off to the rescue to save Santa and company…Christmas 1849….and every other future Christmas, as well! In the process they’ll learn how a young toymaker named Kristoff Kringle became Santa Claus, how he met the elves, and where his famous, “Ho-Ho-Ho” comes from. They’ll also learn about the Rua Ondos…wonderful, magical shooting stars which fell to Earth on the very first Christmas. The Ona Pendulum is an adventure the whole family will enjoy!!
The Adventures of Fawn continue as the young reindeer, Bunny, Doctor Weather and friends trail Santa’s reindeer after they come under the control of a mysterious stranger, and suddenly, mindlessly march off together. “Far And Yet So Near” sees the group led to an underground cavern where they learn the mystery man intends to steal the team of reindeer. Santa and Wajic turn up in the nick of time…and it looks like everyone is rescued. But the stranger has a few tricks up his sleeve, and explosions unexpectedly rock the cavern as he makes good his escape. But not before he ‘reindeer-naps’ Fawn. She soon finds herself a pet in an English manor house near London. Will Fawn ever return to the North Pole? Will anyone ever be able to find her? Did Santa, Wajic, Doctor Weather and the reindeer perish in the explosions? Read “Far And Yet So Near” to find out!
Through almost 40 years as a Santa Claus, Al E. Boy developed quite a repertoire of tales to explain and answer the many questions children ask about Santa, the North Pole, his reindeer, and his friends, the elves.
It was this collection of tales which prompted him to begin writing The Adventures of Fawn. Through the young daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, he’s been able to weave an exciting, colorful, imaginative world which will delight readers of all ages!
Mr. Boy not only hopes you enjoy these tales, but make reading them part of your Christmas traditions, as well.
Book 1: Amazon
Book 2: Amazon
Book 3: Amazon