Seventeen-year-old Carrie is lying in her backyard ignoring all the looming responsibilities in her life, when a fox makes a mad dash across the grass in front of her. After she manages to keep her dog from attacking the frightened animal, the fox turns to Carrie and seems to bow in gratitude before he disappears into the bushes. All Carrie knows in that moment is that something has unexpectedly changed in her life. Carrie has been best friends with Lindsay Smith and Rebecca Campbell for years. During a summer when they should focus on choosing colleges, the girls suddenly find themselves swept away on the adventure of their lives. The fox reappears three days later and reveals to Carrie that he is Adom, emissary to the king of Hadariah. With his land of music and magic in peril, Adom has been sent to seek help from Carrie and her friends. In the blink of an eye, the three teenage girls go from living an average suburban life to being the champions of a world where they must contend with giants, witches, and magical beings. Will they ever make it home once more?
Growing up in a fantasy world
Ever since I was a young child, I have always gravitated towards fantasy stories. For me, the more magic they had, the more captivated I was. I read everything from stories about Faerie, to stories about wizards, witches, vampires, or animal people.
My imaginative life at times felt more real than my reality. My friends often felt the same. Together at recess we would always be at play imagining we were on mystical treks through another world populated by everything from hobbits to brownies. There was something amazing about getting together with friends and creating whole worlds together and having adventures. To tell the truth, I don’t think we ever really grew out of it. Even though we may not be crawling through bushes in each other’s backyards, or running through the field behind our school, we still love to create stories together, only now we write them down.
We used to be fairies going on treasure hunts through each other’s homes, or create whole new adventures for the Tiny Toons that we would then act out, complete with musical numbers and costumes. My cousins and I would write plays based on fairy tales and original stories from our own ideas that we would force our families to sit and watch. (I think my parents still have some of these on film somewhere…)
Growing up surrounded by fantasy novels has given me the rich gift of imagination, and the knowledge that stretching that imagination, and using it to the best of my ability is a great thing to do. I now do it through my writing, and through creating stories and games for my children. I never ever intend to stop. I still do read voraciously, and it is still largely fantasy novels that dominate my reading list. I don’t think that will ever change either. And that is a great thing.
About the author:
Alisse Lee Goldenberg is an author of Horror and Young Adult fantasy fiction. She has her Bachelors of Education and a Fine Arts degree, and has studied fantasy and folk lore since she was a child. Alisse lives in Toronto with her husband Brian, their triplets Joseph, Phillip, and Hailey, and their rambunctious Goldendoodle Sebastian.