My younger daughter, Igz and myself have written a book… called “The Imaginaeries of Faerie Glen”.
I did the writing but she gave me all sorts of weird and whimsical ideas.
Igz ihas done the illustrating. (This was quite a process. The concept kept changing slightly but the idea remained the same.)
Actually… we want you to imagine your own characters.
How it started…
My lovely husband and I often go for hikes over the weekend in Faerie Glen Nature Reserve (Pretoria East). It’s beyond lovely there. We think of it as our sanity time in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The veld changes from season to season, but magic is always around. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder.
The idea for a faerie tale first came about when I saw kids (of all ages) mooching around the Glen, trailing after their parents, looking a tad disgruntled. I wondered if they would have rather been at home with their play stations or something instead of being out sniffing the fresh air? (Of course there are plenty of kids who also frolic and gambol around and are perfectly happy to be there.)
I started imagining all sorts of little faerie-like creatures lurking in the flowers, bushes and trees and began writing stories in my head. Then realised that the Imaginaeries that Igz had been drawing for years would be just perfect. Many of her Imaginaeries already had a back-story and the book simply grew from there.
Also started driving my lovely husband bonkers by stopping every few steps to take photos – from all sorts of crazy angles – because it looked like a great place for a… something… (not giving away any of the story line yet).
Often I’d sheepishly have to pretend to be tying my shoelace or something – to stop from feeling like a real wally when another Faerie Glenner strolled passed us.
It’s actually quite a cutie story, but don’t take my word for it – see what other people think about the book.