THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE

Librarians, Teachers, & ROOKSKILL Fans: A New Website!

Attention fans of Rookskill! In two days, I’m excited to announce, we’ll be launching a new website dedicated to THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE. The website contains a trove of information, with some reveals and other “extras”, but most importantly, it contains a game that can be played in schools, libraries, or by readers… Read more »

Inside Plato’s Cave

Last time I talked about Lady Macbeth; this week we’ll look at an allegory. In The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, Kat and her fellow students at the Rookskill Castle Children’s Academy in the fictional burg of Craig on the coast of Scotland are taught by instructors brought in by the Lady of the manor…. Read more »

Lady Macbeth

  In the previous post, I discussed Scots’ words. Now to a Scottish character. One of the reviewers of The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle pointed out that a chief character in the novel is “a tragic figure, almost a Lady Macbeth”. You might or might not remember Shakespeare’s tragedy, so here’s a bit of… Read more »

Scots Words

Last time: the magic of Scotland. This week – a little bit about Scots words. I didn’t use many Scots dialect words in The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. Using dialect is tricky. Too much and people get turned off. Too little and the story doesn’t sound authentic. But the Scottish language is so rich… Read more »

Holiday Break

For the next two weeks, I’ll be taking a holiday break, and I hope you will, too. But before I go… If you haven’t pre-ordered The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, there’s still time to get a signed copy and “charming” gift, if you go here. The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle is garnering raves,… Read more »

Magical Scotland: Magical Creatures

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle is set in Scotland for a number of reasons. First, the magic “lives” in a chatelaine (you can read more about that in my previous post) that is a European jewelry. Second, it felt right to place the children in a castle, with its dark, spooky corners, large scale,… Read more »