Title: ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls
Series: The Adventures of Fawn
Author: Al E. Boy
Genre: Children’s Fiction/Fantasy
The trilogy, The Adventures of Fawn is an entertaining, imaginative, heartwarming excursion into the magical, mythical world of the North Pole, Santa, his friends and reindeer. Through Fawn’s many exploits you’ll watch her grow and mature as she learns about life and the world she lives in. And…you’ll also learn the answers to many questions and mysteries surrounding the North Pole and Santa himself.
Legendary reindeer,Comet and Vixen, have a daughter named Fawn. Fawn yearns to explore the world outside Santa’s Village, but her parents tell her she’s much too young to go off by herself.
“I want some fun and excitement! I don’t care how dangerous it is!”
When the young reindeer utters these words, and begins sneaking out each day…she has no idea what’s in store for her!
Along the way, Fawn does make friends with a snow bunny and a short snowman…Snowboy. But all is not so rosy, as she comes to realize the dangers her parents warned her about, are actually very, very real!
Hungry, wild animals, a deadly North Pole blizzard, and dangerous strangers capturing animals to sell to a New York City zoo are just some of the situations she’s going to have to face.
It’s going to be an incredible, exciting, and unforgettable week!
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What was the inspiration for your story?
I’ve been a department store/shopping mall Santa since Christmas 1976. Over the decades, I’ve developed quite a repertoire of stories to answer children’s queries about Santa, the North Pole, his elves, reindeer, the Toy Shop, Christmas candies, et al. I’d always wanted to find an entertaining way to put them down on paper.
What kept you going throughout the writing process?
Writing this series of books was kind of like an obsession. It was constantly on my mind. It wa never a problem to get into doing it. Rather…it was always a struggle to pull myself away and take care of other matters.
Who is your most meaningful character and why?
I’d have to say it’s my main character, Fawn. Through her, I think I was able to show a determined youngster, sort of a reindeer suffering ‘teen angst’….who decides to take matters into her own hands and through her many adventures and experiences, learns there’s a price for the things one does and the choices one makes in this life. Words and deeds once done…cannot be unsaid or undone. I think she is typical of many young people…but, she’s a reindeer…not human. I was hopeful, that even male readers…due to the fact she is indeed a reindeer…could identify with her problems, even though the hero of the books isn’t male.
Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
The three books take the reader from late September through to mid-December, 1849. At the end of the third installment, there are still two weeks left before Christmas. In my mind I have this burning question: “What happened then?”
I am presently toying with ideas for a fourth book in The Adventures of Fawn. I have a few things on paper….but nothing concrete yet.
How has this story touched your life?
I had often thought about writing…but any attempt I’d previously made was rather half-hearted, and without any clear inspiration. This experience took me totally by surprise. It was alwys surprising to me how I could settle down behind my keyboard and the stories would pretty much write themselves. I found myself with an ability I wasn’t aware I had. And..when I decided to try my hand at my own illustrations…because I ‘knew’ what my characters “look like”…and didn’t want an artist coming in with something that I’d have to ‘settle with’…I chose to do them myself. It surprised me it would turn out to be something a number of reviewers have praised and noted quite favorably.
What motivated you to start writing?
I wanted to write something that might have the potential to be a Christmas classic…something positive, and enjoyable for readers of all ages. As I stated before, I’ve been a department store/shopping mall Santa since Christmas 1976. Over the decades, I had developed a large repertoire of creative/imaginative stories to answer children’s queries about Santa, the North Pole, his elves, reindeer, the Toy Shop, Christmas candies, etc. An idea came to me one day about a young reindeer, I wrote a short story…about 4,500 words in length. I thought that was that.I didn’t really do too much with it. But…it was succeeded about a half year later by a second much longer story. At first I thought I had two stories on my hands…but then I decided to combine them…and things took off from there. A small bit of chapter 2 and good part of chapter 4 in ‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls (the first book) were the original short story.
Excerpt from Book #1-‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls:
Today was going to be the day!
Fawn had it all planned out. The young reindeer would wait until her dad and mum, Comet and Vixen, came home to the stable, and she was going to calmly explain how unhappy she was.
Sure…she’d mentioned it before, (more like every other day), but each time her bad mood had gotten the better of her and she’d wound up arguing with her parents. Each time they had told her she wasn’t old enough…not mature enough…to be going out on her own.
Fawn had often pondered over their words.
Not mature enough?!
She wasn’t exactly sure what that meant…but just the same she didn’t like the sound of it!
I think it’s like saying I’m still a baby! Darnit! I’m four and a half months old!!
Fawn was convinced fun…excitement….maybe even friends could be hers to enjoy if she was free to explore the world outside Santa’s Village.
I blew it those other times by getting too excited. If I can plainly and calmly explain to mum and dad how bored and lonely I am…how I need some friends…surely they’ll see how much I’ve changed…how much more ‘mature’ I am now…whatever that means! I’ll wait for them to come home…and then I’ll show them.
Yes, indeed! She had it all planned out!
But sometimes even the best laid plans can fall apart.
The Adventures of Fawn continue as an evil former elf Princess is trying to destroy The Ona Pendulum…a device that enables Santa, Wajic, his elves and reindeer to live for hundreds of years. So Fawn and her friends are off to the rescue to save Santa and company…Christmas 1849….and every other future Christmas, as well! In the process they’ll learn how a young toymaker named Kristoff Kringle became Santa Claus, how he met the elves, and where his famous, “Ho-Ho-Ho” comes from. They’ll also learn about the Rua Ondos…wonderful, magical shooting stars which fell to Earth on the very first Christmas. The Ona Pendulum is an adventure the whole family will enjoy!!
The Adventures of Fawn continue in “Far and Yet So Near’, as the young reindeer, Bunny, Doctor Weather and friends find themselves trailing Santa’s reindeer after they come under the control of a mysterious stranger, and suddenly, mindlessly march off together. Set in the year 1849, “Far And Yet So Near” sees the group led to an underground cavern where they learn the mystery man intends to steal the team of reindeer. Santa and his wizard friend, Wajic turn up in the nick of time…and it looks like everyone is rescued. But the stranger has a few tricks up his sleeve, and explosions unexpectedly rock the cavern as he makes good his escape.
But not before he ‘reindeer-naps’ Fawn and carries her off to a waiting ship. She soon finds herself a pet in an English manor house near London. Will Fawn ever return to the North Pole? Will she ever see her parents again? Will anyone ever be able to find her? Did Santa, Wajic, Doctor Weather and the reindeer perish in the explosions? Read “Far And Yet So Near” to find out!
About the Author:
Al E. Boy is an English teacher, originally from Canada, but currently residing in Seoul, South Korea.
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!
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