9th January 2017
Written by Jackie Randall
Released: 13 December 2016
Book title: Emelin
Author: Jackie Randall
RRP Ebook: AU$3.99 at www.amazon.com.au
RRP Paperback: approx. AU$12.50 at www.amazon.com (plus postage)
Intended Audience: Children aged 10+, and anyone with an inner child who loves medieval adventure.
ISBN Ebook: 978-0-9953797-0-1
ISBN Paperback: 978-0-9953797-1-8
Author’s website: www.jackierandall.com
Tell us about yourself
I’ve been writing children’s books for around eight years. Although I am unpublished in the traditional sense, I’ve had significant recent interest from some larger publishers in Australia. The two books I’ve completed are medieval historical fiction based in England. Currently the Australian publishers are looking for Australian writing, so I’ve released one book on Amazon Kindle to help me gauge the interest children might have for my writing. I’ve spent five years researching and writing (and rewriting) this book, Emelin, and I believe it’s now a book that would stand out for children aged 10+.
What is your book about?
Emelin Lambert is an eleven-year-old orphan in medieval England who has an incredible gift in illuminating manuscripts. She’s also quick-witted, mouthy, and nearly always in trouble.
One terrible day, her last relative is killed and Emelin ends up being in possession of a manuscript that belongs to Geoffrey Chaucer. She cannot stay safely in her home with the manuscript so she begins a grim wintery journey to what she hopes will be safety.
Along the way Emelin meets a boy named Wolf who rescues her from a violent thief. Together, Wolf and Emelin flee to Reading Abbey.
The journey makes Wolf deathly ill and Emelin learns that she cannot always depend on others. She will have to fight alone, so she battles the adult world, and she battles fear. She puts her gift to work with the hope that her skills might help her and Wolf survive.
Who is your target audience for this book?
Children aged 10+, and anyone with an inner child who loves medieval adventure.
What aspects did you find challenging about this book?
I have written this book in first-person POV. I loved doing it because the POV character, Emelin, is a bit bratty so her thoughts can be a lot of fun, but the challenge with this viewpoint is that only what the POV character sees and feels can be written in. But there are tricks to get around this and some of my time writing this over the past five years was learning how to bring out a strong story from Emelin’s point of view.
What does your book offer the reader that differs from others covering similar subjects?
Fantasy books are very popular at the moment (for the past decade at least actually). A lot of them are based in worlds that are medieval in style. My book, Emelin, is not fantasy but it is based in an authentic medieval setting and, for kids who want a break from fantasy, or just can’t get into it, or who love historical fiction, Emelin would be a perfect adventure read for them.
How did the idea for this book come about?
I saw a picture of a girl running with a book in her arms and it started me to thinking why someone would do that. Slowly a story evolved that kept developing until Emelin became real.
Find out more about Jackie Randall
Jackie Randall's website: www.jackierandall.com
Jackie Randall's imagination and years of research breathe life into the medieval English people who once inhabited a very real world we now think of as fantasy. If your child is brave enough to time-travel back six hundred years, you'll want to get hold of Jackie's first novel, Emelin.