When our three sons were small, my husband told them bedtime stories, making them up as he went along. He had a great imagination, and the boys loved his stories.
I thought they were wonderful, too, so I would write them down. I didn’t know shorthand, so just had to write as fast as I could. I saved those stories for many years, until one day when I got a computer and a word processing program. I typed them, and ran three copies … one for each of my sons.
They each read them to their children, and the result was they all asked for more stories.
My husband got his imagination out and started putting more adventures on paper … but it all ran together like one long paragraph! No punctuation. No paragraph breaks. No quotation marks around conversations. I had to do that as I added my new material to the original 25 or so pages.
JOHNNY AND MR. FREDERICKS grew to almost 38,000 words that are full of adventures, with treasure maps, pirates, a note in a bottle, rescues, dragons, ‘Graystone’ the mouse, and a dancing bear.
It has been illustrated, edited, and polished with the help of two writer friends, Carol and Heather, who both thought it should be published. As I mentioned earlier this week, it is now out there looking for a publisher, with one rejection slip to prove that I’ve produced a manuscript!
If you would like to learn a bit more about JOHNNY AND MR. FREDERICKS, click here to take a look at Johnny’s website.