As a part of the Alexander Drake Blog Tour, Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellows graciously stopped by and shared with us her thoughts on the Impact of an Overactive Imagination. Enjoy!
The Impact of an Overactive Imagination
by Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellows
up in my bed, blanket pulled over my shoulders, eyes shut tight - and here it
comes... the overactive imagination. Darn it! Now the wheels in my head are
spinning. The storyline begins… I’m an adventurer, archaeologist,
extraordinaire. Cue the theme song (On most nights it’s Indiana Jones).
With my crazy
Rod Stewart hair poking out of a
dusty brown fedora, I navigate my way through ancient ruins in a foreign land.
When I was young in the 80’s I suffered from bad haircut syndrome. My hair
resembled a middle-aged rock star’s until around 1987. It was traumatic enough
to haunt my dreams to this day.
nights I play the role of a wise wizard soaring over a mystical forest on a
beautiful giant bird. If I eat spicy food or too much chocolate the Indiana
Jones dreams intermingle with the wizard dreams. That’s when things get really
course, it’s not just bed time. When I was a kid; spare moments were all about
portals to other worlds. I know I spent more time watching the clouds roll by
at school than focusing on the task at hand. Seating me near a large window was
never a good idea. My sister still teases me about playing with my imaginary
friends at the local creek (it was a great place to catch pollywogs). There was
nothing wrong with creating some really cool characters to hang out with if I
had to play alone. I’m an adult now; so I don’t go around talking to myself… no
need to alarm the neighbors.
I have kids of my own the ideas flow more than ever. It’s funny how kids
inspire the imagination. After years of adventures playing in my mind like a
movie, it was time to listen to my heart and write them down.
Drake’s adventure really started to unfold after my son was born seven years
ago. Now I have one more book titled “The Butterfly Curse” to polish up in the
Azra’s Pith series. I’m also currently writing a new series. The first book
titled “The Bandits of Basswood” should be out by the end of May. I feel like
I’m just getting started!
The Alexander Drake Books
by Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellows
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: MG SciFi/Fantasy/Magic
About Alexander Drake's Extraordinary Pursuit:
Meet Alexander Drake, a curious young man living in a drab, oversized mansion with his secretive father. He spent his days playing alone. In the back of his mind he wondered what happened to his mother, and why his father was tight-lipped about the past; but secrets have a way of getting out. It all started with a stay at his grandmother’s cottage. Alexander found strange clues tucked away in his father’s old bedroom. With a mysterious key and several maps in his pack he set off on an innocent search for answers about his family. When he discovered a secret passageway the search took a dramatic turn. He suddenly worried about what was searching for him. Alexander was being hunted by a sorcerer from his father’s past. Answers lead to more questions and the journey of his life. Join Alexander for a thrilling adventure in Azra’s Pith, a place of beauty and magic… but beware—something evil lurks in the shadows.
When Alexander arrived in Verhonia, something went terribly wrong. A dark spell delivered from the mountains of Acadia sent him on a dangerous journey in the middle of the night. As he marched into the mountains, the great city of Verhonia was ambushed and burned to the ground by Roman's army of vicious giant murks. With the safety of the realm in jeopardy, General John William Drake was asked to come back to Azra's Pith. He swore he would never return. But after discovering his son was under a spell and in the grips of a dark sorcerer, he had no choice. Things take a wild turn in the mountains, with runaways, a hungry wolf and a mysterious, young empyrean wizard thrown into the adventure. A tight race against time and evil is in full swing. With faith and a little magic, they just might come out on top.
About Author Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellows:
Being the frizzy-haired tomboy with buck teeth gave me a slight case of shyness as a kid. A colorful imagination meant escape and adventure at the drop of a hat. Over the years I learned that the insecurities I carried around were a waste of time. I still prefer a football game to a manicure any day of the week. That indispensable imagination has found its way into my writing providing a sense of joy and a true purpose.
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