• Guest Post

    The Shadow Lantern Guest Post: The Mysteries of Inspiration by Teresa Flavin

    The number one question children ask me when I visit their school is: where do your ideas come from? I have one or two colleagues who have amusing answers – ‘from the idea store’, for example – but I’ve never been able to think of more clever answers than ‘from things I like’ or ‘things I’ve read about’. But perhaps I should add ‘from things that intrigued me when I was your age’. This last category applies to one aspect of my new book, The Shadow Lantern, the final adventure in my fantasy-mystery trilogy for age nine and older. In addition to the magical paintings, labyrinths, mazes and strange worlds…

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    The Shadow Lantern – Teresa Flavin

    “The Wee Cuppa Cafe was packed with chattering teenagers who had just escaped from nearby Braeside High School. Every seat was taken and the tables were covered with cups, crumbs and scrunched-up napkins. So many backpacks and wet jackets were piled on the floor that Ellie the waitress had to kick them aside with her foot as she bustled over to Sunni Forrest and Blaise Doran’s table.” Its been a year since Sunni and Blaise found themselves inside the famous work of art, The Mariner’s Return, by Fausto Corvo, talking to the man himself and most people still don’t know what went on inside the painting. Since then they have…

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    The Crimson Shard – Teresa Flavin

    “Taking care not to wake anyone, the traveller crept back into the house, shielding his candle. In the scullery, he rinsed the last traces of blood from his hands and dried them on a cloth. He felt for his leather sheath sewn into his tunic and slid out a flat shard of bone…” Blaise and Sunni had their fair share of excitement last winter when they were trapped inside Fausto Corvo’s painting. To get them away from everything for a little while, Blaises’ Dad decides to take them with him on a business trip to London. The two art lovers are left to venture the city’s museums and galleries themselves,…