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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH: Al E. Boy, Author of The Adventures of Fawn

The Adventures of Fawn
By Al E. Boy
Genre: Children's Fiction

The series is a ‘coming of age’ tale set in the year 1849. It tells of the adventures of Fawn, the precocious young daughter of legendary reindeer, Comet and Vixen. Initially, she has no friends and spends her days alone in the stable at Santa’s Village. She argues with her parents…wanting the freedom to go outside the Village to explore. But her parents forbid her to go outside by herself.

Declaring, “I don’t care how dangerous it is…I want some fun and excitement!” Fawn starts sneaking out each day. She makes friends quite readily, but just as quickly finds herself in dangerous situations.

Book 1-‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls, introduces the host of characters and finds Fawn a prisoner of a conniving sea captain intent on capturing arctic animals to sell to a New York City zoo.

In Book 2- The Ona Pendulum, Fawn and friends must stop an evil former elf princess from destroying the device which enables Santa and company to live for hundreds of years. In the process, she learns how young Kristoff Kringle went from making hand-crafted toys in his family’s workshop, to being an icon of Christmas, and leader of hundreds of elves.

In Book 3Far And Yet So Near, a mysterious stranger gains control of Santa’s reindeer, who mindlessly march off toward destinations unknown. Fawn and her companions trail them, trying to find a way of freeing them, and encounter many dangers along the way. Santa and his wizard friend, Wajic, appear in the nick of time to save the day, but explosions suddenly catch everyone by surprise. The stranger ‘reindeer-naps’ Fawn, and she’s spirited off to England…with no way of knowing if her parents and Santa are still alive, and no way of escaping and getting back to the North Pole.


What inspired you to write these books?

I’ve been a mall/department store Santa for 40 years. Over the course of 4 decades in the red suit and big boots, I was asked countless questions by youngsters regarding Santa, the elves, the Toy Shop, Mrs. Claus, the North Pole, the reindeer (especially Rudolph) and a myriad other things. Some were predicatable queries…while others took me by surprise. Over the years, I garnered quite a collection of stories and explanation, I’d always wanted to make them available to as many children (and even their parents) as possible. One day I hit upon the idea of employing a young reindeer and her adventures to bring my repertoire to the written page.

Do you have a favorite character, or in what ways do any of the characters represent you?

I suppose Fawn is my favourite. But…all of them have unique personalities. I like Bunny’s slightly irascible character, Snowboy’s delight in inventing words, Santa’s friendship with his wizard friend, Wajic, Doctor Mary Weather’s unflappable nature.

What surprises did you come across when writing the book?

I like how the stories generally write themselves. I often feel like a vehicle through which the adventures and dialogue make it onto the page. Many Is the time I’ve finished typing up 20 or 30 pages, and I’ve been totally surprised by the story that came about.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead characters?

Due to the fact the main characters are animals, the actors would be giving voice to the characters. For Fawn…a young reindeer…I’d have to say either Emma Watson or Kristen Bell. For Snowboy…Ben Stiller. For Bunny…Kate McKinnon.

Anything you would like to say about writing? Encouraging words for potential writers?

The age old sage advice to just keep writing is true…absolutely true! Don’t give up…and don’t worry that others don’t understand why you have to write. You anderstand why…and that’s good enough!

About the Author
Through almost 40 years as a Santa Claus, Al E. Boy developed quite a repertoire of tales to explain and answer the many questions children ask about Santa, the North Pole, his reindeer, and his friends, the elves.
It was this collection of tales which prompted him to begin writing The Adventures of Fawn. Through the young daughter of legendary reindeer Comet and Vixen, he's been able to weave an exciting, colorful, imaginative world which will delight readers of all ages!
Mr. Boy not only hopes you enjoy these tales, but make reading them part of your Christmas traditions, as well.