Wednesday, August 10, 2016

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

I suppose that most stories are based on an event in the author's life, or in the life of a family member or friend. Many stories come to mind from a newspaper article or something we've read or heard about somewhere. Like they tell us, stories are everywhere. Have you ever written a book about an incident in your life? I have, perhaps more than one. But today, I'm thinking about the story behind my picture book WEIRD NOISES IN THE NIGHT.

If you've read it, you know what the weird noises are. If not, I'm not telling, but just want to mention why I wrote the book.


Several years ago, my husband and I were visiting our son and daughter-in-law in South Carolina. We sat in the living room, talking, as folks do. I kept hearing this weird noise, but couldn't decide what it was. I won't tell you what it sounded like because that would give away the answer. No one else seemed to notice, or if they did, they paid it no attention. Curious me had to know what was going on, so after a while, I decided to find out. I excused myself from the room and went in the direction where I heard the sound. It wasn't a constant noise, just every now and then.

Yep, I discovered what it was. You know I'm a camera bug, so I ran to the bedroom and brought my camera back to get a picture or two. (Of course, my son knew about it but was used to the noise so he didn't pay attention to it.)

I did not write the book for a while, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of turning it into a picture book. So that's what I did.

Blurb:

Weird noises in the night send the imaginations of three young girls soaring. Is it the rain, a dragon, an alien from outer space, or a ghost? As Olivia and her best friends seek the source of the sound, they discover that the truth is not as scary as their imaginations. Suggested age range for readers: 6-9.


Excerpt from WEIRD NOISES IN THE NIGHT:

Outside, lightning lit up the sky like fireworks. Thunder grumbled. And then...

The lamp blinked. The lights went out. The walls creaked.

Olivia gasped and pointed a trembly finger. "Look! In the closet."

Two eyes, as shiny as marbles, sparkled in the dark.

Three girls shrieked and dove under their sleeping bags, like dolphins plunging under a wave.

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AMAZON          

GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING



What people are saying:

Beverly Stowe McClure has struck a perfect balance between spooky and fun. When the lights go out, the three friends have to discover what the strange sounds are. Olivia and Emily offer all sorts of crazy possibilities, which Autumn—the practical one of the three—disputes. Finally they go on a quest to find the source of the noise and what they find is sure to leave your child giggling. Nicely illustrated by Eugene Ruble, Weird Noises in the Night is a good story to snuggle up with your child to read again and again. PKSM

Olivia, Autumn, and Emily are together one night working on school projects when there’s an intense storm outside. They hear eerie, horrifying sounds that set their imaginations wild. What could it be? This book had a nice, cozy, slumber party setting and I liked the touch of horror and suspense, although everything isn’t as bad as it seems. MS

How about you? Have you written books based on an event in your life?

Happy Reading.

24 comments:

  1. Sometimes the most common things make the weirdest noises when we're not familiar with them.
    I don't think I've put a real incident into any of my books.

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    1. Yes, they do, Alex. And we're often surprised what they are.

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  2. Terrific idea for a picture book, Beverly! I am intrigued and will have to read your book to see what the noises in the night were coming from:)

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  3. When I was little, I used to hear weird noises all the time. Especially when I was sleeping over at my best friend's house. We'd scare ourselves silly. :P

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    1. Ah, the days when we were young. Our imaginations sometimes ran wild.

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  4. How funny. I've used real experiences in my books before. Book II has a scene of putt-putt golf that really happened.

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    1. Oh, I bet that's exciting. We used to play putt-putt golf.

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  5. This sounds like a great picture book, Beverley. I've written stories inspired by my life, but none based on an event in my life. (Not yet, anyway. You never know.) 😊

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. That's right, you never know. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Most of my poetry is to do with factual events in my or familie's lives. Most enjoyable post to read Beverly.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Yes, Yvonne, I've learned so much about you and your family through your lovely poetry. Thank you.

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  7. The littlest things can sure spur on a great idea. I've got inspiration for a few from real life

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    1. They certainly can, Pat. Isn't it great that instances in our lives inspire us to write about them.

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  8. Okay, now you have my interest piqued. I have to know what those noises were! Great job teasing us!

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  9. I love this concept, Beverly, and the excerpt definitely makes me want to read this.

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  10. Love the excerpt, Beverly. That is crisp writing and now I want to know what's causing the noise!

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    1. Thank you, Claudine. Glad it got your attention. :)

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  11. This sounds delightful. I would have gone to find out what the noise was too. I love the the experience sparked the writing of this book and now I will need to read the book to find out what the noise was! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. I bet a lot of stories are based, at least loosely, on things that have happened in our lives or the lives of those we know.

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  12. I'm curious about the noises in my house. I've put real events in my books, too.

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    1. It's fun trying to find the noises, too, Medeia.

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