Here is the beginning of my children’s book, The Dividing Line, for the young and their young-at-heart old folk.
I have not written for young people before and so we begin two journeys. One is a journey into The Dividing Line and the other is a journey into writing children’s fiction. I hope we all survive both ventures. The Dividing Line is an imaginary tale. I say it is imaginary but, perhaps, other-worldly is more accurate. People call other-worldly places “imaginary” because they think the place is only in someone’s mind. So is life. In our mind. However, so as to not blur the line of sanity and different ways of seeing, I will concede to imaginary—for the time being, that is.
As you know, I have started a new fiction book called Nanima in the new year of 2022. What you do not know is that I am also starting a children’s book called The Dividing Line. I have not written for children before. The book will be aimed at 9 to 12-year-olds and their parents. Children are the yea or nay of a story, but adults bring books into the home to be yead or nayed. Although middle-aged children are well capable of reading their own stories, what better way to cement a story into the collective unconscious than to have an adult join the adventure? Leaning on the great children’s books of the past which have become part of our psyche, such as Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (1911), The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (1950 to 1956), and, in more recent times, the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (1997 to 2007), I begin a journey hitherto not taken and start a story for young people and their young-at-heart old folk. Chapter 1 coming soon!