So many great things happening right now for us as we’ve rocketed Desdemona’s Dreams Volume I, To Dream of Dancing into the world. First and foremost, Aaron and I want to thank everyone for coming to our book release party on March 5th at Maple Street Book Shop. The turn-out was spectacular and we signed, wrote poems, and drew drawings in books for 2 hours straight. After that we had a celebratory dinner at Santa Fe in the Bayou St. John and ended up selling and signing more books during dinner. It was a flattering distraction, and our friends and family smiled every time we were handed another book to sign. The world of stories and dream adventures doesn’t end there though. It’s time to turn the corner, head through the dark fairy tale forest, and enter the realm of the book reviewers and interviews. Thankfully, we never travel without our magic pens.
Our first professional book review was released in the March Spring Fever Issue of Antigravity, written by Nathan Tucker. For all of you out there in the wide world, that may not have access to Antigravity, here it is:
Antigravity Vol. 14 No. 3 March 2016
The imagination of children is something everyone can appreciate. Whether it’s the untethered passion or the freedom to eat dirt without being judged, everyone can recount a time when all things were fresh and astounding. Desdemona’s Dreams is a fairytale of an 11 year-old girl who has the ability to bring the dream world into the real world. Desdemona fights to recapture her Dream of Dancing, in the form of a ballerina, from an evil Maestro who looks like a combination of Beethoven and Labyrinth-era David Bowie. Z.W. Mohr whimsically captures the imaginative possibilities of children uninhibited by the struggles of adulthood. Mohr’s use of both prose and poetry helps establish a change in tone as we follow Desdemona between the physical and dream worlds. Aaron Porter’s illustrations depict suspenseful collages of the menacing Maestro holding Desdemona’s ballerina by puppet strings. A vibrant use of color is present throughout the story; from Desdemona’s deep purple house to her teacher’s striking green eyes, Porter illustrates Desdemona’s travels through her dreams and back into the real world. Yes, this is a children’s story, but it is a coming-of-age tale about a little girl refusing to abandon her imagination to a gray, drab world. So if adulthood is bringing you down, pick up a copy and read it aloud to loved ones big and small. –Nathan Tucker
Next up you can look for an interview I did with New Orleans Living Magazine. I’ll make sure to keep everyone posted. All the good dream adventures and tales of wonder. The world is what you make it!