After moving to a new town days before Christmas, an adventurous boy named Eddie becomes suspicious when he learns that no one seems to be aware of the fact that Christmas is just days away. Always the curious adventurer and young spy, Eddie decides that he must get to the bottom of this strange situation. It doesn’t take him long to stumble upon a mysterious character and accidentally take a whirlwind ride through a hidden portal that lands him in, of all places, the North Pole. There he learns about Santa’s special task force of Elf Rangers, the protectors of Christmas. Eddie also learns of the evil Shadow Shifters, who are behind the mysterious disappearance of Christmas in Brookville, and their even more sinister plan. With the odds stacked against him and Christmas only a few days away, Eddie jumps into action. He is courageous and he has a plan to help, but the danger that lies ahead may be too much. The Shadow King has his eye on Eddie now and he may be in over his head!
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An artist I know was working on an installment piece. One day he posted a still of his work in progress; a low angle of some hand crafted pine trees in a snowy landscape. You see, he’s a cardboard/paper artist and all of this was hand crafted and reminded me of the stop-motion Christmas TV Special, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
I immediately began thinking of an idea for a modern Christmas stop-motion film. Random ideas came to mind and a I began jotting down notes about things that might work. After a couple of days, I had an idea for these creatures that a made of darkness…shadows…that are trying to steal Christmas. I elaborated the idea and continued making notes and revising and outlining.
After a couple of weeks of this, I decided to start writing. I wrote and outlined and changed ideas and started all over again. Once I started really diving into writing I was nearly 20 pages in before I realized that I was writing a book. Since my original intention was to write for screen, I didn’t have a book in mind and hadn’t written for print before. This format and idea was all new, but liberating and much more freeing that writing for the screen!(