Coming Soon: the third in the Questor's series, "The Ghost of Greenhorn," is being worked on now!
What do you call a group of boys who seek out the paranormal? They called themselves "The Questors!"
What happens when they go to visit a haunted house in their neighborhood? Adventure! Excitement and mayhem!
The Questors' Adventures is based upon my childhood experiences which makes parts of the story true. The Roundhouse was actually my first work finished. I used a brief version of it for a college English class assignment and deciced to make it longer and soon, it became a short story.
The orignal goal with the series was to create something young boys would read. During the second adventure, Shane's sister, Stacey, enters the boy's exclusive club; something I thought would make it more appealing to girls.
I wrote the book with the vision of what I liked to read from fifth grade up- mystery, suspense, supernatural. However, the stories are meant to show that you can explore the unknown and solve mysterious withough being a juvenile delingquent.
Most parents will appreciate the adventure and find it a refreshing story with plenty of excitement and adventure but with positive reinforcements on some of the challenges kids this age face.
(HERE IS THE ORIGINAL FOREWORD FOR THE BOOK)
The first stories I remember telling were those told at picnics, on camping trips, and during sleepovers and were meant to scare friends or family members. While spinning the yarn, fragments of truth were thrown in to make the fabric of the story appear as if it could actually be true, a game I play with my listeners.
I have always considered myself a realist, and for such a person, seeing is believing. Even those things we cannot see have some type of scientific explanation: the wind, the force of gravity, and the quest for knowledge.
An event lies in my memory that, despite my years of education, I am still unable to explain. It is because of this experience that, if I were I asked, “Do you believe in ghosts?” I would be lying if I said, “No.”
Following is my true account of the events surrounding the Round House and The Questors’ First Adventure.
Facts about the Story
1)The houses in both stories really existed!
2) The Dog "Mutt" really did exist, but he lived next door to us. The dog in the story is real; there was a black dog on the street that we feared and he did chase us often (despite what some city-folks may thing, leash laws were not in effect back then). We never knew this dog's name.
3) There was a class taught at our middle school that was "In Search of Strange Phenomena." Shane and I did take the class and the teacher in the story really did exist.
4) Chad, who was the smallest in our group, really did have a problem breaking bones. Luckily, he grew out of it and is now the tallest of our group.
Updated Dec 2012:
Both the House in The Round House and The Moaning Walls existed. My friend really did live in the house in the second adventure and the house still stands.
One of the questions I'm often asked is about the class the boys take in there middle school which was called "In Search of Strange Phenomena." At Pleasant View Middle School, teachers were allowed to teach an open lab at the end of the day and pick topics that interested them. Ceramics, Civil War History, Computers, and yes, In Search of Strange Phenomena, were some of the topics offered. Despite misgivings, this part of the story is true!