Mike Revell used to be one of those kids who didn’t like reading. He was more inclined to run home and play video games than dive into a book. But the boy wizard changed that for him – and not only did Harry Potter make him a reader, it made him want to be an author too; he wanted to give to people the same feelings of wonder and enjoyment that J.K. Rowling gave to him as a young boy. Stonebird is Mike’s first novel and is influenced by the real experiences of seeing his grandmother suffer from dementia, as well as his love of myths. Mike stopped by the blog this morning to talk about his love of gargoyles and what influenced him to write this story. I hope you enjoy reading it just as much as I did!
Secrets in Unlikely Places
Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year, because a bit of the world’s magic slips between the cracks. Moonlight and shadows and scratchy bare trees hold more meaning. These days, October the 31st is more about fancy dress costumes, sweets and parties than anything else. But Halloween has its origins in spooky ghosts and spirits walking the land.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for Halloween to sense the world’s magic. As Roald Dahl once said, “watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” One of those unlikely places is up above you. Along the rooftops, on the corners of churches and old buildings, overlooking the streets and all of us busy people below. If you look up there, you might just see a gargoyle.