Today we’re hosting Day 1 of a 5-day virtual tour for Penelope Anne Cole’s Magical book series.
In this post, Penelope tells why she decided to write for children and how she came up with the idea for these books.
I was walking in my neighborhood when I was inspired by my neighbor’s autistic son who reached double digits.
What a magical milestone in a child’s life!
He’s still a child, with innocence, time to grow and develop, but no longer a single digit kid.
When I got back home, I had the story mapped out.
It became the 1st book in my Magical Series, Magical Matthew.
What would a boy do with magical powers?
How would he deal with being different?
Even good things like a super power can complicate your life.
Does he tell anyone that he has magic?
Or keep it a secret?
If he tells them, what would they think, say and do?
How would his life change?
Could you keep such a secret?
Is not telling like living a lie?
Matthew keeps his magic a secret from his family and friends.
In addition to the magical powers, I gave him a few problems and obstacles, which he overcame, and then I took his magic away in the end—so he can face and deal with another problem.
In a rewrite, I decided on a surprise ending, when I gave Matthew’s little sister Mea magic and that became my second book, Magical Mea.
Mea’s a little trickster.
She uses her magic to play tricks on people.
She needs to learn to use her magic for good.
The 3rd book is Magical Mea Goes to School.
Mea is in school and has to learn to not use her magic in school, even though it would be faster and easier for her to do things with magic.
Then after school, older brother Matt wants to help Mea learn to use her magic secretly.
So, in effect, Mea will be in “school” all day, which is too hard for kids. Kids need down time, play time, fun time.
Mea knows she has to be in class during the day, but she takes matters into her own hands after school.
She schedules all kinds of activities to avoid being “taught” by Matt.
Finally, Matt realizes that he has to make it fun for Mea or else she won’t learn.
This is an important lesson for kids, parents, siblings, and teachers to learn.
Kids will be more engaged, if the lessons are fun, if they have more say in things.
In this series, it’s a good lesson for Matt to learn, since he wants to be a teacher when he finishes school!
There’s a small surprise ending here, too.
The 4th and 5th books are about late in life twin baby brothers, Max and Mickey.
Will they be magical?
What will be their challenges and surprises in their two stories?
The last two books in my Magical series are about the family pulling together and supporting each other as the children grow up.
The final book has the biggest surprise ending.
Follow Day 2 of this tour tomorrow.
You’ll find the links to all 5 days of the tour this week at www.writingforchildrencenter.com.