If you’ve read my first book Tales of Larkin: Hawthorn’s Discovery, you know that the book is full of exciting twists and turns. When my father read it, his response was, “You could’ve made four books out of that one with all the adventures you put in it.” The reason that I made it that exciting was to keep my kids engaged. It worked!
They each have their favorite parts, but the chapter that they all loved was “The Wompus Rat.” I’ve been asked several times from where that idea came. To answer that, I will have to take you back to when I was fourteen years old.
At that time I was working for my father, making cuttings for a plant nursery he was building. My father had hired two other men with whom I was working, and they were known as “Preacher” and “Boat.” The only word I ever remember Boat saying was “Yep,” and that was on very rare occasions. Preacher, on the other hand, never stopped talking.
Once when we got on the subject of scary stories, I remember Preacher began to tell us in all seriousness that, years before while he was walking in the woods one evening, he had actually seen a Wompas Cat. He described it as a large demonic cat with fiery eyes. I don’t know what he really saw, but that tale stayed with me.
In my next blog post I’m going to tell you what I did with Preacher’s Wompas Cat.
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