The rain continues in Virginia, but that doesn’t dampen dreams burning strong around the world. Today I’m excited to welcome Emma Warner-Reed to the spotlight!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was six I wanted to have a mobile sweet shop. I drew a very detailed picture of it. I was basically an old fashioned shop in an ice cream van. Still have the picture somewhere….
What do you do now?
I became a lawyer, but it was disappointingly lacking in the sweet department, so now I raise and home school my four small children (6, 4, 2, and new), with some writing thrown in, of course!
I’m giving you a super power that will make your biggest dream come true–guaranteed. What’s going to happen?
Ooh, that would have to be sudden and worldwide recognition as a children’s author, publishers beating down my door, Warner Bros wanting the film rights, and various people I don’t like drowning in a sea of my paperbacks – you know, the usual ;o)
Did you ever give up on your dreams?
Nope – not ever.
What advice do you have for people who are trying to decide if they should chase their dreams?
If you were a superhero, who would you be and why?
That’s a no-brainer. It would have to be Wonder Woman (it’s the pants, you know…)
‘When Dotty starts hearing noises in the chimney she thinks it must be jackdaws. But the truth is altogether more strange and magical than she ever could have imagined.’
Dotty Parsons is an ordinary nine year old girl from Cardiff. Following the tragic death of her parents in a house fire at their family home, she is sent to live with her Great Uncle Winchester at The Calendar House, a large country house in North Yorkshire.
As the days pass it very soon becomes clear that everything is not as it seems at the Calendar House, as Dotty is disturbed by noises coming from the chimneys. The old cook tells Dotty that it is jackdaws nesting but Dotty struggles to believe her story.
The noises in the chimneys continue and Dotty’s suspicions are soon proved correct that something rather more is afoot in the chimneys of the Calendar House.
‘Dotty and the Calendar House Key’ could be said to fall within the adventure/fantasy genre. However, equally strong themes in the book are those of childhood loss, loneliness, and friendships.