I start the April 2014 A to Z Challenge with the letter A for Aloha and Adventures.
Last year, I wrote a middle grade book for my girls (Mockingbird and Armadillo) and my other girl (Bluebonnet) all about the adventures in ancient Hawaii.
Let me back up a bit. It all started when Bluebonnet said she didn’t like to read.
I know. Pick me up off the floor!
So I brainstormed with her. She gave me a list of all the things she wanted to see in a book. And then we spent an hour picking through the viable options…. Let’s just say it was a fun and hilarious conversation.
The number one thing; It had to take place in Maui, Hawaii.
So, “Aloha!” to the first book in a series about time traveling fraternal twin sisters who don’t share a birthday. Their first adventure to fix a myth or legend or folktale in one of the states in America plops them in the middle of preparing for the harvest and hopefully peace from war with neighboring tribes in ancient Maui—if they don’t kill each other first.
They get help from two shape shifting friends: a pink unicorn and a blue flying horse, among other tools.
(You can go to my post here to see more about this story.)
Then, our families traveled together (which we enjoy doing with Bluebonnet’s family) to Maui. We took one day to visit the places in State Secret Keepers #1. Yeah, I have to edit the book, because of the settings that I got wrong. LOL. Google Earth and the interwebz can get a writer only so far. 😉 (Go to this post and this post for pieces of that paradise.)
While middle grade is now too young for Bluebonnet and Mockingbird, Armadillo loves the story and is ready for me to write another one.
Aloha, friends! What’s your favorite adventure?