Welcome to the first post in a new series, Between the Lines, which features indie author Rachel Wollaston. Have you ever thought of inanimate objects having preferences? Well Rachel has and one particular inanimate object has an agenda of its own. Let’s see how this idea plays out in Kingdom.
When I was two years old, I decided I wanted to become a fairy (I still do, really, but that’s beside the point). I guess you could say that was the start of my fascination with all things fantasy.
As cliché as it sounds, it has always been my dream to become an author. Many of my previous writing attempts failed miserably. I guess what I was really looking for was that right idea to hit me.
And, low and behold, in the summer of 2015, the lightbulb struck! Or, rather, I had a pretty peculiar dream. Not that that’s out of the ordinary for me but, again: irrelevant.
The dream took place in the house of some distant family friend I had never heard of. I happened to be staying here for a couple of weeks. One night, I found a book belonging to the house and I began reading it. Still in that dream, when I woke up the next morning, I found that all the characters in the book had come to life! It was a surreal experience
Thank goodness for my trusty notebook! As soon as I woke up in the real world, I wrote down the entire dream, and tried to find a way to incorporate all the strange happenings into an intriguing story.
I will be honest, it didn’t come easily. But, after two solid months of brainstorming, the idea for Kingdom was born! I began crafting what was to become a suspense-filled, yet humorous, fantasy adventure unlike any other.
When Pepper Fairfield applies for a job as a live-in nanny, she has no idea what she has let herself in for. But is it the children who cause her problems? No.
It’s the house.
Pepper discovers a century-old secret hidden right under the occupants’ noses. Before she knows what is happening, she gets swept up in a fight for her life, and for the safety of humankind. What this land needs is a hero, but how do you convince a hero who’s sure he’s anything but? If one thing is for certain, it’s that, in an existent world of non-existence, anything can happen.