Let me tell you a little about Janet’s Hidden Earth Series…
HIDDEN EARTH is six novels. Janet describes the series as an epic inspirational fantasy adventure. Hidden Earth is Janet’s pride and joy. The novels boast different themes, tons of adventure, trials, triumphs and battles (both epic and personal). The series is accompanied by a full color illustration book, a cookbook, paraphernalia, and yes… doggie treats.
More Than Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup is one of a kind, far more than you’d ever expect from a cookbook. Nearly 400 pages, filled with the histories of five select restaurants on planet Maycly accompanied by stories about their chukkon or wightling owners, along with menus and a multitude of captioned photos and illustrations. Janet tells us that the “cookbook can be used by anyone from kids to codgers. The recipes cover the gamut from fun to fancy, garden-variety to gourmet, and kitchen to camp out. There are recipes especially for kids to make and eat, meat and meatless recipes, and even recipes you can make for your pets! EVERY RECIPE can be MADE AND EATEN right here ON EARTH.”
When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down.
One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.”
Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!”
I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I?
I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.”
Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray.
With love from Dr. Niamh,
Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com