I wanted to set a story in the snow and to have lots of mysteries and secrets and surprising twists. I had no idea I was going to write about dragons or wood and rock people or that this would be the first of a set of three related books.
That’s why writing is such fun – you never know what’s going to happen.
I did the pen and ink illustrations inside. Ralick is based on my eldest son’s cuddly toy.
The wooden stairs creaked and groaned noisily under her as Copper went down the stairs.”What a racket,” growled Ralick. Copper didn’t say anything for a moment, then she said shyly, “Yes, but you know, I think they’re sort of talking to me.” “Ha! As stairs have a habit of doing!” said Ralick. “Really, they are,” she insisted. “The handrail is soft under my fingers, not soft like cotton, but not solid… It moves. And it smells gorgeous!”