THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE

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 »

The Chatelaine

In my previous post, I discussed the role that clocks play in The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. In this post, we’ll talk about jewelry. The original title of the novel was Chatelaine. You may be reacting to that title the way that the Viking Children’s marketing department reacted: What in the world is a chatelaine?… Read more »

“The Secret of the Old Clock”

In the previous post, we reviewed the machines of war that influenced my novel. In this post, something about clocks. In The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, Kat Bateson is a logical girl who idolizes her father. His hobby is clock-mending, and Kat spends her time with him learning about the inner workings of clocks,… Read more »

The Clandestine Machines of War

In the last post I talked about the United Kingdom during the Blitz. In this post, I’ll talk about other influences on the content of The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle. For example, a short-wave radio plays a major role: When Father brought a short-wave wireless home a couple of weeks before leaving, he’d shown it… Read more »