When brothers, Will and Ken, move to a new house, they have no idea how much their lives are going to change by a stick (aka the magic wand) left by the previous owner. And when they stumble into Lady Anna’s secret garden, they don’t realize the trouble they are about to cause. Ken doesn’t like trouble of any kind. He decides he never wants to set foot in the secret garden again. But Will feels responsible. Their search to find out how to use a magic wand sends the brothers across town and back again to the secret garden, where a dangerous enemy awaits them at the end of the world. Will the brothers fall into the trap waiting for them? Or will they learn the secret of the magic wand and save Lady Anna’s secret garden?
Targeted Age Group:: 8~12
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I read how some authors wrote stories for their kids, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity when we moved to a new house and found a stone circle in the backyard. My wife and I told our kids that if they walked the stone circle they would be transported to another world, and my story was born!
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In Lady Anna’s Secret Garden, Ken and Will are loosely based on my own children. But I usually don’t come up with characters this way. I usually find characters that are an interesting fit for the stories I want to write.
“But if I go back, how will I learn?” Will asked.
“Return to the world beyond the stone,” Murdock said to him, “Be a good son to your mother and father. Grow into a young man. When you have enough strength and courage, you can return here.”
“I have enough courage,” Will said.
“No, young master,” Murdock said, “You have not mastered yourself. Do not come back until you do. It is too dangerous.”
The wand in Will’s hand began to twitch. “They’re coming!” Ken shouted. He was already around the first spiral of the stone trail. Will looked up and saw dark figures approaching. “But what will happen to you?” Will asked.
Murdock shook his head. “I don’t know.”
S Thomas Kaza is a writer of novels, short stories, and poetry. He was born in Michigan, raised in Ohio, and later graduated from St. Louis University. He lived in Japan and China before returning to Michigan where he now lives with his wife, two children, and two pet turtles.
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