Hello. Welcome to my website, the home of the Mistletoe Mouse books that now include three titles, The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse, More Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse, and The Merry Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse. You might be surprised to learn that writing has been my hobby since I was a child and that the first story was written for my own children almost 40 years ago.
It all began with a short story that I hoped would be a picture book. This story is now the first chapter in The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse that was independently published in 2016. How did a single story develop into a book with many more chapters? Well, after hearing the first story, my children asked for more. I continued writing individual stories that ended with the chapter break so they could be read like bedtime stories. That first book had ten stories or chapters. Since the manuscript received several rejections from traditional publishers, I put it away—for close to 35 years. When I went back to the book, I decided to change the ending and add a new chapter.
I independently published The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse in 2016 because the world was starting to look pretty terrible. Mistletoe Mouse and Molly Dolly worked to make terrible Christmases terrific. I thought the world needed them. I know I needed them.
By 2020 the world had gotten even more terrible with a pandemic that was changing children’s lives. When I wrote More Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse, I decided to have Mistletoe Mouse and Molly Dolly revisit friends from the first book to see how they were doing. Just as the lives of real children had changed, so did the lives of the children in the book who needed to use computers to attend school from home if they were not homeless because of unemployed parents. As I wrote More Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse, I struggled to bring humor and hope to difficult situations.
I never intended to write the second Mistletoe Mouse story, the second Mistletoe Mouse book, or a third book. I simply wrote what children were asking me to write. When a small child looked at the cover of one of these books on her mother’s computer screen and said, “I want that,” her mother bought the book. Because the child was only three years old and too young for some of the content, the mother shortened the chapters as she told rather than read the story to the little girl who wanted the “Molly Doll and Mistletoe Mouse book” every evening at bedtime.
With a young reader in mind, I started writing The Merry Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse to bring closure to the stories and bring hope and laughter to children as the worldwide sickness was also starting to wind down. My goal was to provide positive and uplifting stories and delightful humor to children who were needing help moving on, not just at Christmas, but every day of the year.
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