a situation, person, or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities. This is the definition for a paradox. I love the title of this book, Paradise Child, by Jane Yates. Each of our lives as writers is a bit of a paradox, isn’t it? So we are all Paradox Children. I really enjoyed reading Jane’s book. Her life in itself is also a paradox. Despite being dyslexic, which makes writing difficult, she is a wonderful writer. Her creativity shines through in this first book of the series of three. There is a lot of magic in Paradox child. Lily, a 12 year old girl lives in a family of three, her mother, Rose, and her gran. Her father isn’t around but there is a magical reason for that, too. Her family practices magic in spells but there is a good deal of H. G. Wells type science fiction, too, when Lily discovers her Mom likes to time travel. This book centers on the Pitts River Museum in Oxford, England, where Jane lives and works. There is a good deal of educational reading in this book as it explores the artifacts from the museum and weaves them into the story. Did I mention that this book is also a mystery? Children are disappearing from Lily’s school. To find out why that is I’ll have to continue on reading the Paradox Child series. Why don’t you join me? Paradox Child can be bought on Amazon for your kindle for the low, low price of $2.99. On February 12th Jane is debuting a new book, called Garden, which is inspired by the the classic, The Secret Garden. It is published by Autumn Orchard.
Next week, I’ll be talking about New Years resolutions for writers. I’ll share mine and have some suggestions for you. Until then: Keep writing and read a good book. Take a chance on a new writer and you might find a gem like I did with Paradox Child.