By Liz, happy to welcome Daryl Wood Gerber back to the blog! She’s talking about holding on to your magic today. Take it away, Daryl!
Do you remember what was truly going on in your mind when you were growing up? Did you have an active fantasy life? I did. I was always making up stories and such. We had a short ledge in front of our fireplace, and I’d stage dances and plays for my parents. When we went on vacation to Lake Tahoe, to entertain myself, I would go to the weir of rocks jutting out into the lake and dance and sing and carry on long conversations with me, myself, and I. I didn’t care if it was in the middle of a rainstorm. I was out there creating and having a blast.
I remember my costume wardrobe was filled with items—some were purchased costumes but most were things like shirts, jackets, pajamas, and hats. My favorite pictures in our family albums (of myself, of course) are when I dressed up for Halloween. One year, I wore my “silky” pajamas to be a genie. I was very alluring. LOL
And I’m pretty sure, starting at the young age of three, I believed I could communicate with butterflies and dragonflies. I’ve always been fascinated by them.
So did I believe in fairies, too? Did I see one? Is that why, when I went to the Renaissance Fair and saw my first fairy garden, I simply HAD to make one? Is that why I felt a fairy-like presence in my yard the moment I started putting it together?
It was while making the garden that I came up with the idea for the Fairy Garden Mysteries. I wanted it to feature a woman who’d lost her ability to see fairies when she was young, but then, at the tender age of thirty, she spread her wings and opened her own business, and in the process, came to believe in fairies once more. I set to work immediately, writing an overview and chapters to submit to my agent. I remember him pooh-poohing the idea. It was too fantastical, he said. It wouldn’t sell.
Well, bah, humbug. Some people will never believe. But I did. I do. I love writing a magical series. Whenever I sit at my computer to create, I feel like a kid again. I hope that my gentle mysteries not only stir the little gray cells by giving the reader a chance to solve a whodunnit, but also encourage the reader to embrace the possibility that magical beings exist and are in this world to help.
What do you do to stir the child within yourself?
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Agatha Award-winning author Daryl Wood Gerber is best known for her nationally bestselling Fairy Garden Mysteries, Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and French Bistro Mysteries. As Avery Aames, she penned the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. In addition, Daryl writes the Aspen Adams Novels of Suspense as well as stand-alone suspense. Daryl loves to cook, fairy garden, and read. She has a frisky Goldendoodle who keeps her in line. And she has been known to jump out of a perfectly good airplane and hitch-hike around Ireland alone. You can learn more on her website and sign up for her monthly newsletter, where there is always a GIVEAWAY to one (or more) subscribers, a recipe, a bit about Sparky the Goldendoodle, and more.