The Last Crystal Trilogy

 This is one of my work spaces. It doubles as the dining room table. The project at hand is creating illustrations for chapter headings in  The Black Alabaster Box.  I have a desk upstairs. But there is something inviting about sitting at the dining room table. Maybe because it is close to the tea kettle?

This is one of my work spaces. It doubles as the dining room table. The project at hand is creating illustrations for chapter headings in The Black Alabaster Box. I have a desk upstairs. But there is something inviting about sitting at the dining room table. Maybe because it is close to the tea kettle?

The Trilogy started backward. We were visiting family in Sacramento when I learned that my Uncle-in-Law, Frank, had made a train trip every summer to visit grandparents. His father worked for the railroad. So he and his little brother were put on the train to travel from Missouri to California alone. All sorts of possibilities came to mind. Book 3, written first, begins on the Santa Fe Chief. Book 1, The Black Alabaster Box begins on the Santa Fe Trail.

The Black Alabaster Box

                                                                             The Black Alabaster Box will be available in late March 2018

                                                                           The Black Alabaster Box will be available in late March 2018

It had been quiet along the Santa Fe Trail for more than a year when the Stokes Company set out for California in the early 1840s, the Willis family among them. A reluctant traveler, twelve-year-old Grace Willis longs for her fortunate, safe and comfortable life at home. Just as she is learning to negotiate life on the trail, Grace is kidnapped by fellow travellers and taken into Oklahoma Territory. She must decide if she will cave in to despair or muster the courage to run away and search for her parents. Grace finds help in unlikely places. She discovers that there really is such a thing as magic and there are some things only a child can do.

 

You can read more about the development of the book on the author's blog: https://fourleavesandtales.blog