Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Julian Padowicz ~ guest post and his novel Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery

TITLE: Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery and Other Stories
RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2016
AUTHOR: Julian Padowicz
KEYWORDS: magic, fantasy, good witches, children’s books, middle-grade books, chapter books, magical grandmothers & godmothers
CATEGORIES: Children’s Stories/Magic/Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1533167637
IMPRINT: Sunquills

Mrs. Parsley helps the likes of Santa and The Tooth Fairy in carrying out their duties. But, lacking their magic powers, she must improvise with the help of her magical cat.

Mrs. Parsley is a good-witch who, with the help of her magical cat, Laptop, substitutes for the likes of Santa, The Easter Bunny, The Tooth Fairy, and the various Fairy Godmothers, when they have more work than they can handle. However, since she does not have the specialized magic powers that they possess, she is challenged to find creative ways to carry out these duties.

I was in the waiting room of an oral surgeon’s office, while my wife was having a wisdom tooth extracted, when a strangely dressed woman appeared at the door, sat down beside me, and, after confirming who I was, proceeded to introduce herself as Margaret Parsley and ask me to write up some of her adventures. She began by telling me how she recently made a delivery for The Tooth Fairy, when the latter was laid up with an abscessed tooth. Lacking The Tooth Fairy’s ability to fly in and out through closed windows, she had to catch a child’s mother at Grand Central to hand her a five dollar bill and ask her to put it under her son’s pillow when the boy was asleep. When I told her I would be happy to write that story, Mrs. Parsley said she would visit me at my home and tell me more stories. Then I watched out the window as she and her cat mounted a broomstick and flew away. She has made numerous visits to my home since then.

I have wanted to author works of fiction since elementary school (see my memoir, When the Diamonds Were Gone), but I have always had a difficult time getting my creative muse to work for me when I needed her. Then, as I began writing the Mrs. Parsley stories, I started on my Kindle, because I was in a dentist’s waiting room, and it was the only thing I had to write on at the time. And I discovered that writing on the Kindle, which I hold close to my face because of the small letters, in an attitude similar to praying, the creative ideas come a lot more easily. I have come to believe that we’ve evolved that praying attitude because it’s conducive to introspection. For me, it’s a mantra for creativity. While this is a slow and awkward way to write, I have written all the Mrs. Parsley stories that way.

Julian Padowicz was seven years old and Jewish in Warsaw, Poland when WWII broke out. He and his mother made a dramatic escape from occupied Poland and the Holocaust over the Carpathian Mountains. His memoir of this experience, “Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw, 1939” was named Book of the Year for 2006. He has written three sequels, chronicling his odyssey to safety in America. In addition, he has written a series of humorous novels about a retired college professor, lightly modeled after himself.

Padowicz has served as a navigator in the United States Air Force, a documentary film script writer, and as president of BusinessFilm International, a documentary and educational film production company. He lives currently in Hampton, VA.

I have five adult children and nine grandchildren, ranging in age from four to sixty. I have read these stories to them in various groupings, at various times and found them to hold my listeners’ attention. While some elements of some of the stories are over the heads of the youngest children, the character of Mrs. Parsley holds their attention throughout.


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