Emma Right is always making up stories.
When the neighbor kids would ask, she’d oblige with various tales. Later in life, when her five young children missed their father who was traveling for work, she again found a reason to share her skill. Telling stories to her children was the inspiration this local mom needed to write her first book, “Keeper of Reign,” which is now available on Amazon.
“I started this first book six years ago. It really started because my kids were missing their dad. And I made up a story,” she said.
The kids always enjoyed the tales but wanted to know what happened next. After a while, Right decided to turn the adventure into a true story. It was six-year learning process for Right, who is old enough to realize she’d rather not share her age. Right grew up in Asia and came to the Peninsula to take classes at Cañada College. It was on a blind date that she met her husband, Guy.
Right commented that sometimes friends know you better and can choose a better match. The pair now has five children, who Right homeschools. Four of the five are still in classes at home while the oldest is in college. With children ranging from 9 to college age, Right is still plenty busy with the daily duties of being a mother. When she has spare time, she worked on her book.
It’s her children who inspired the story, which has changed dramatically over the years. At first the idea was for it to mirror the makeup of her family — five children with the father away. The story took different twists and turns from there, tragedy would strike, there would be struggle. But it was a learning experience for Right.
“I really don’t know how to write a story. Took a couple years, read a lot of books from Writer’s Digest,” said Right, who needed to learn the basics.
She took the lessons seriously and soon realized a story with five main characters would be quite tricky. So she focused on one.
Right’s book follows a classic structure. Like any mom, she wanted the story to be interesting. She uses the story full of monsters, mythical creatures, danger and action as a backdrop for life lessons and self-empowerment.
The book follows a people called the Elfies, who have been cursed to remain an inch in size until they can find a way to reverse their misfortune. Leading them in a quest is 16-year-old Jules Blaze and his four siblings, who journey into the land of their enemy, Gehzurolle, to find a way to undo the curse. Throughout the story, the siblings learn about the power of family, friendship and difficulties that allow you to grow.
Right enjoyed the process of creating her first book, one she hopes fosters a bit of thought by the young readers for whom it’s intended. It’s been a process that’s enabled her to really write more. The story of the Elfies isn’t finished. Right sees it as the first in a series. She’s hoping the second book will be released in six or seven months. On the side, she’s started writing a different type of book. Something more like candy, as she said, sweet and fun.
Right plans to do what she can to reach out locally and encourage children to read — something she said all parents struggle to encourage.
For more information about Emma Right, or to purchase her book, visit www.emmaright.com.
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