My First Post–Happy to Meet You
I’m Sorchia Dubois and I write Gothic and paranormal romance and witchy fantasy, as well as the occasional mystery/thriller. I live in the wilds of Missouri with a bunch of cats, a couple of fish, a dog, and a husband. Writing-wise, I’m just finishing up a trilogy about seductive Scottish witches and how a small town fortuneteller wreaks havoc in a haunted castle.
Here’s the Exciting bit!
Not long ago my dear daughter surprised me with some news. Turns out that—though she has avoided this very thing like the plague for quite some time and I assumed her attitude would persist—she is now delighted to inform us she will present us with our first grandchild—a girl—later this year. Even neater, the newbie is due to be released into the world on or near my very own natal day.
So as I was considering the topic for this post, it struck me that very soon I’ll be reading stories to the little nugget and what, I asked myself, is going to be the first book?
I had no trouble choosing a title.
You may not be familiar with it because it isn’t a well-known book. It’s a little paperback fairy story I came across in book fair brochure when I was about ten. The cover caught my eye because I was a sucker for castles.
With much excitement, I waited for the delivery, which took a couple of weeks in those olden days. Even worse, my bus ride home was long and bumpy. I nipped up to my room and ripped off the cellophane as soon as I got home. Spidery letters, printed in a dark green ink whispered “magic” as soon as I cracked open the book. Each chapter began with an illustration of some bit in the story—ivy, vines, pixies, and goblins. The look of it gave me a deep and abiding appreciation for typography and artwork.
Shadow Castle–A Fairy Tale
Shadow Castle tells the story of a little girl who discovers a hidden world in her own forest—a portal to fairyland. She meets a young man in a mysterious castle who tells her tales of a magical family and their long war with the goblins. Magic in this world is something you can learn, though you need to apply yourself. I was heartened by this news. Strange creatures peeked from beneath every leaf and mushroom cap and adventures popped from behind every tree. But Shadow Castle world is a dangerous place for the unwise or the unwary and not all the characters come to a good end.
I absolutely wore the book out with reading it and had to tape it together. I read it at the beginning of every summer—like a reward for surviving another school year. When I had children of my own, I read them the story until the book literally fell apart.
Years later, at the end of a particularly long and difficult school year (as a teacher) I remembered Shadow Castle. I must have been under some evil spell to have forgotten in the first place. A quick Internet search yielded results and thanks to Amazon I found a brand new copy. As if to welcome me back to Shadow Castle world, the new edition has bonus chapters.
I’ve never totally left the enchantment of Shadow Castle behind since then. While my stories are definitely for grownups, you’ll find tiny tributes to this magical story hidden inside them. I don’t even know how they get there.
It must be magic.
Shadow Castle will be the first book I read to my granddaughter. I can hardly wait!!
Thanks for indulging me. I’m taking this Grandma thing seriously. If you want to see a list of more books I consider essential, hop over to my blog at Sorchia’s Universe.
Help a Granny out! Tell me one essential book every kid needs to read!