“Hi, I'm Elle Jacklee, the author of The Tree of Mindala: Wunderwood Book One.
I've been writing off and on since I was about seven years old, and this particular story came to me one brisk, fall day near Halloween. Like the main character in my book, I've always loved Halloween, and by the end of that day, Wunderwood, Miranda Moon, and most of the other characters were born.
The story centers around Miranda, a girl on the verge of her twelfth birthday, whose overactive imagination has a way of landing her in trouble. This time, she is suspended from school, and she and her younger brother, Marcus, are relegated to the old family cabin. There, Miranda spies an odd water globe. Suddenly they are whisked away to Wunderwood where magic flows through trees, everyone knows their family name, and a sinister warlock, Thornton Crow, is determined to steal not only magic but also hope. As Miranda and Marcus discover branches of their own family tree that they hadn't even known existed, they learn that Thornton has a score to settle with anyone in their bloodline. Especially them. Though justice has always had a way of being naturally restored in Wunderwood, Thornton's latest evil deed just may be the tipping point. And Miranda may be the only one who can stop him. With travel companions that could as easily be foes as friends, and only the cryptic words of a prophecy to guide her, Miranda must decide if she can carry out the task that will either save Wunderwood... or doom it forever.
Though the main character is a girl, there are prominent
I chose to write middle grade fantasy because it was books in that genre that had the biggest impact on me when I was a child and that I still enjoy today. When kids are introduced to middle grade books, which are typically more complex, more mature, and hopefully more intriguing than the kinds of books they had been reading previously, it's an exciting
I'm currently working on the second installment of the Wunderwood series which I expect to be released late 2013. Thank you for having me, Anita. It's been a pleasure!”