Back in November, 2012, I was diagnosed with cancer. Are there good cancers and bad cancers? If so, I guess I had a good cancer. But hearing that I had cancer was still a shock. What’s going on inside me? Monsters? Are tiny invisible monsters inside me? I went to my doctor and learned that if I didn’t get rid of the monsters, they’d eat me all up like a bowl of cereal. But I couldn’t see the monsters. I could see the hospital. I could see their scary equipment. I could hear their scary words.
I’m fine now. But my experience conjured up the story of Terry and the Monster-Beaters. Terry is the sun. Not scared of anything, right? Terry is everywhere. Terry is everyone. Terry’s isn’t scared of anything until the Blue Wizard of the North tells her a monster is nibbling on her. A monster! She goes to the Great Green Sage, who tells her to go to see the Monster-Beaters. They will scare away the monster. Terry is afraid. Like me, she doesn’t see the monster but she can see those scary Monster-Beaters with their masks and equipment and strange words. Being brave is hard. Even when for the sun.
The official launch of TERRY AND THE MONSTER-BEATERS is Saturday, November 18th at the Charlottesville Book Fair. But you can order your copy today from Amazon.