Almondine doesn’t know where she came from. And she wasn’t particularly worried about where she was going- not with a house full of books to keep her company. But when a curious letter finds its way to her door it sparks an unexpected journey.
With magic, whimsy, and the kind of optimism that feels like a kind of magic all its own, readers will meet a wide cast of characters and travel across the country with Almondine as she spends the summer making her way from one coast to the other.
Q. What’s the genre?
A. Fiction with a dash of magical realism. Each chapter serves as its own unique story, except for a few longer stories that have been broken down into two chapters in order to keep the individual reading time under 15 minutes. It’s sort of like a collection of short stories, but with a single character who links them all together.
Q. Who are these stories for?
A. All ages. Books get put in categories like Middle Grade, YA, Adult, etc., but I’ve appreciated the way that comics can get an “All-ages” rating for stories that can appeal to adult readers as much as young readers. I wanted to spend time in a world with magic and joy. I also wanted to write a character who’s seeing the outside world for the first time, which meant exploring with a kind of childlike wonder, which may appeal to readers of all ages.
Q. Do I have to read the chapters in order?
A. Not necessarily. The first chapter helps offer some context for the story and the final chapter contains a section best enjoyed if you’re read the previous chapters- but all the chapters in between are self-contained vignettes.
Q. Where did you get the images for each chapter?
A. I use Unsplash because of the quality images they offer for free. I include a photography credit for each image- which is whatever name and/or handle the photographer uses on the site.
Q. I have a question not listed here, how can I get in touch?
A. Feel free to use the contact form on this website or send me a DM on Instagram @caseyrosereads