In book five I wanted to create a story for my great niece, she was fascinated with frogs so I knew that somewhere there had to be a frog in the storyline.
She was only three at the time when she took me for a walk around the garden and showed me all the places were there were frogs, including the garden ornaments.
Zach just had an adventure in book four “Zach Gets Left Behind” and he was ready for another adventure, a bit like we all are… after having a great holiday we want to keep going, we don’t want to let go, we don’t want it to end. I suppose it’s the child in us, sometimes our wishes comes true.
I felt a bit like this after writing my last book; I wanted Zach to experience another place, so being in charge I could grant the wish. If only life was that simple?
The idea of stowing away is not a new one; many wonderful adventure stories have been inspired by this idea. The problem we had with Zach is that he is a soft toy too big to hide in Nan’s bag without being noticed, so we had to come up with a plan.
And that is why fiction is so wonderful, magic happens whenever and wherever you will it too, with the help of the “elephant on the wall”
Now there had to be a frog in the story, and guess what? Piper’s Aunt Vanessa made a frog when she was at school and it was high up on a huge shelf full of toys in Piper’s bedroom… perfect! I asked Piper what was the frog’s name, she hesitated for a moment and said Froggie, so Froggie it was.
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All these characters came together eventually in book 5, “Zach Goes on Holiday”, Candy doesn’t go on holiday just Zach, one day soon in book 7 Candy will be far away from the safety of the junk cupboard in a scary place, I wonder how she will cope?
All will be revealed soon in book 7, ‘Zach and Candy’s Scary Adventure.’ However Candy does start to get a little adventurous in book 6 ‘The Tea Party’ there is something she wants to do more then anything else and that is to see her Kate.
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