Finally! I can announce my latest projects:
- a new website: Mrs. Middlejoy and the Church Mice
- A FREE eBOOK: Mrs. Middlejoy and the Joyful Noise
- a Christmas Music CD in production. You can sneak a peek here.
I’ve even followed the Church Mice outdoors to catch them singing their own version of Jingle Bells.
Jingle Bells — “A Mouse’s Holiday”
New Looks all around…
I’m also very excited that my friend Kath Unsworth, Australian children’s author and illustrator has drawn a new cover for Mrs. Middlejoy and the Minister’s Cat — and inspired me to update Mrs. Middlejoy’s other covers.
Three Bic Pens, Two purple gloves, and a Partially Eaten Twinkie…
I first heard the mice sing last year as I was writing Father Churchmouse’s Christmas Eve Service. They have been begging me ever since to let our readers hear the traditional Christmas Hymn, Carol of the Mice. I finally found a cool recording studio and talked my friend Dave into letting me bring the Church mice in to sing. I think it sounds remarkably like a mouse congregation, singing from their hymnals.
I decided to ask if they knew any more Christmas songs — and it turns out they have their own version of several of my favorite carols. I tell you, it isn’t easy taking down dictation from a choir of church mice. But I am a trained choral conductor and arranger, after all.
I am particularly proud of their lyric to Twelve Days of Christmas. Just as Mrs. Middlejoy and Father Churchmouse almost understand what is going on in the human world, their lyrics echo what they must have heard the humans sing: eight melted Milk Duds, six greasy crayons and five of those objects very dear to every mice: golden Things.
All in all, this has been one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done.
Fellow writers, have you ever found a book branching out in a new direction because the characters insisted? Tell me about it!