The Tindou Tablet came from a simple comment from my son… What if? Those words left his lips often, but on this particular night it bore a greater significance as he brought them into the world. This is how the middle grade novel, The Tindou Tablet was born.
Between now and June 4th 2016 you can download it for free from Amazon! Just in time to set up the kids for their summer reading.
On this day my son was about 4 years old. He was very precocious and advanced in his language. He was reading voraciously and had already written his first story, a mini book in scrawled writing about killer crocs. I had to get him to read it to me because I struggled to decipher some of his words, but I was impressed to see it had a beginning, a middle and an end.
At this time I was also feeling the loss of myself and a desire to start writing again after taking many years off after starting a family. It’s shocking how much of yourself can be lost in that time when your life is taken over by little ones.
That was the day things were destined to change. The stars had aligned and it was time for a little magic to happen.
That night I was helping my son get ready for bed when he turned to me, eyes big and round and asked, “Mommy, what if the dinosaurs are not extinct?”
I’m fascinated by the minds of children, so I simply asked, “What do you think might have happened instead?”
His little brow furrowed as he thought deeply before answering. When the answer came, he delivered it with such conviction I was in awe. It was quite a long answer but the gist was simply: “Dinosaurs may not be extinct. Perhaps aliens came and took them to another planet.”
With that statement the concept of The Tindou Tablet was born. It took many years to complete the book. We worked together on the story and characters, but I did the actual writing. It was always fun to bring a scene or idea to my son and see how he wanted it developed.
When we finally finished the book I stuffed it into a drawer and let it collect dust for another year. By then my son was getting older and started asking about the book we had written together. He was reading chapter books, but preferred books with some pictures, so we asked my mother if she would do some drawings for The Tindou Tablet. She agreed and worked with my son to develop the illustrations for the book. Once they were finished I put it up on Amazon and ordered him his own paperback copy.
Like any author, holding that book in his hands for the first time was an amazing feeling! He read it at least a dozen times and talks constantly about wanting to write a sequel!
My son would love to hear what other kids think of the story and use that to help him write the sequel. So for this week only, the kindle version is FREE on Amazon! We would love for you to go download it, have your kids read it, and write a review on Amazon.
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