"I laughed, cried, felt the urgency . . . the story will take you to another dimension of 'ahhh' moments of reflection and insight that will 'gotcha.' I could read this book again and again and get something more. I enjoyed i from the second I began to read."

"A thick slice of MaryAnn Easley pie. Oozing UFOs, sweet on science, and warm with fantasy. This veteran children's writer's many young fans should be satiated.....for now!"

Friday, July 31, 2015


It began one November during National Novel Writing Month, but how long ago was that? Five, six years ago??? Some of my current writing students might remember. We were meeting in a clunky portable way back them and had to move the chairs into a circle each time. We have better digs now. Anyway, this book was conceived quite a few years ago, and now this baby is about to be born at 426 pages. And that includes study and discussion prompts.

Out of that grueling NANO SFD, there was only one story kernel I kept - the UFO connection.

I got hooked. No, let's be honest, I became obsessed. And teaching writing to some really brilliant writers made me analyze and re-analyze my own plot, characters, story structure, word choice, author intrusion, implied author voice, dialogue, setting, motivation-reaction units, scenes, chapter length, grammar, and . . . yes . . . even the white space on the pages. 

And then there was all the research! Since UFO sightings and abductions are a major part of the story,  I wanted those incidents to be as accurate as possible and based on real events. My story takes place in 1952, and I needed to research the styles, the cars, and the family dynamics of the time. The backstory concerns events that occur December 7, 1941, and that took more research. And then there's Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Einstein and the atomic bomb and the space/time continuum and . . . well, you get the idea, right?

In addition, I wanted my book to be a contemporary Alice in Wonderland story. I even dedicated the novel to Alice who first fell down the rabbit hole.

That's not all. I had it edited for content, characterization, and structure. I had three incredibly bright teen readers who helped me keep my head screwed on straight and gave me some ideas I incorporated into the story. I had a science editor check the facts since the story is crammed with science. And then I had that tireless critic on my shoulder—you know the one—the nag that won't let me forget I'm only human and have no superpowers at all. 

And there you have it.

Except there was all that revision, revision, revision! And more revision. And the complication of separating the dreams from reality in the story and . . .

. . .  anyone who writes novels knows exactly what I'm talking about! So some of my writer friends and friends of friends are going to get together on September 4th and celebrate!

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