Miranda Moon’s vivid imagination has gotten her into trouble more times than she can count. This time, she’s been suspended from school. So her straight-laced younger brother, Marcus, blames her when they’re relegated to their late grandparents’ old cabin over Halloween weekend. But when Miranda finds a curious trinket, they’re mysteriously whisked away to Wunderwood, where magic flows through the trees and everyone already knows their family name. A place even Miranda never imagined.
Just as they arrive, a sinister warlock, Thornton Crow, is freed from a long banishment. He resumes his deadly agenda to find The Tree of Mindala, the source of all the realm’s magic. 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.
When Miranda discovers her own role in Thornton’s release, she knows it’s up to her to stop him from stealing not just magic, but also hope. 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.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I decided to create a trailer because I see it as another opportunity to expose people to my work. I think if you can successfully convey the tone and brief story line with a trailer, it can be a powerful tool to attract people, who on the whole are a visual bunch. It’s an opportunity to showcase your work in a way that the synopsis or jacket copy cannot. For me, it was a fun and rewarding experience, despite the painstaking effort and investment of time it took to find the artwork and music that I feel are perfect for The Tree of Mindala.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always been a lover of the outdoors. Nature maintains a delicate balance that I can only describe as magical! That wondrous miracle, along with my belief that we are all connected to nature, are the seeds that grew into the world of Wunderwood and inspired The Tree of Mindala.
Believe in karma, magic, and the power of books to open doors to other worlds! I’m almost as passionate about writing as I am about reading. I write in the middle grade/YA genre because it was those books that made the biggest impact on me when I was a young girl. I hope to pay it forward by offering stories that young (and young at heart) readers will enjoy as much as I enjoy writing them! And if my stories can ignite that spark that will grow into a life-long love of reading, then I will have reached my ultimate goal!
I am currently working on the second installment of the Wunderwood series. I live in Wisconsin with my husband and two young sons, none of whom are in a hurry to grow up. And that’s just fine with me!