Saturday, March 3, 2012

Gerald and the Wee People by Greta Burroughs

Gerald and the Wee People is a novel intended for young adults but readers of all ages will get carried away in the world of the Wee People.

Gerald and his best friend, Vernon literally fall into a new world when responding to a plea for help. A few years prior to that, the boys had discovered an unusual clearing in the woods where only Gerald had the ability to watch the daily activities that took place in a miniature village.

When creatures started attacking the village, Gerald became more and more concerned about the little inhabitants that he had become attached to. Vernon humored his friend but became concerned when Gerald mentioned one of the villagers coming to him and asking for help.

To prove him wrong, Vernon agreed to venture out to the clearing late one night and show Gerald it was all in his imagination. Instead, Vernon was drawn into the enchanted vision and both boys charged off to the rescue.

While in the wee people village, Gerald and Vernon try to fulfill a prophecy overcoming many dangers and obstacles. The boys help the villagers in their fight against the misshapen ones while also trying to defeat a powerful being intent on destroying all life.

The characters in the book come to life and will make you laugh, cry and root for the underdog. Gerald and the Wee People is an action packed fantasy adventure that will keep you spellbound until the last page.

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I have read this book and am reviewing it for Night Owl Reviews.
I will update this page with a review link once my review has been published.
It's a fast, enjoyable read with broad appeal.


Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?

I have always been a book worm and dreamed of writing my own fantasy novel but never imaged it would ever come true. My husband, Robert DeBurgh had already published a book prior to our enforced retirement (medical issues) and encouraged me to give writing a try. That was the beginning of my writing career and Bob has been my strongest supporter, critic and mentor ever since. I also belong to a Facebook group called Book Junkies where I have picked up a lot of valuable tips and information as well as beta readers.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Even though we read through the manuscript many times, I have found it to be beneficial to let fresh eyes look over it. I have used beta readers and reviewers to do this with great success. Sometimes I am embarrassed by the missing “to”, “be” or other small words that I had overlooked while editing my book. Also the suggestions on how to reword a sentence and especially correction of punctuation errors (my weakness) make the book much easier and nicer for the readers.

Plotter or Pantser? Why?

I am a pantser. When I first started Gerald and the Wee People, I had no idea where the story was going to go. I more or less made it up as I went along. Of course I had a general idea of the story line but no outline. Sometimes it was weeks or months between starting a chapter and ending it since I could only write when I had a few spare minutes between my job as a freelance newspaper reporter and other responsibilities. That doesn’t mean I didn’t think about it though. I had a notepad and wrote down some ideas that came to me while I was doing other things. It was amazing how everything came together. I would sit at the computer and the book seemingly wrote itself. It took three years to do it this way, but it was worth it. I am very pleased with the end result.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

I started Gerald and the Wee People on a Christmas morning a few months after the death of my father. I really missed him along with my uncle and brother who had also passed away. I wanted to do something special to remember them and started writing Wee People naming the main characters after my father, Vernon and my uncle, Gerald. Another leading character, Tomas was named for my brother. A couple of years later, my mother passed away so I renamed one of my favorite characters after her, Alyson. I wanted the memories of my family to live forever. I really miss them.

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

My favorite fan letter came from a 10 year old girl, Sydney Bailey, for my book Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat. The kid was facing surgery so I sent her a copy of the book hoping to make her feel better. She was thrilled with the book and sent me a very special thank you picture and some ideas for more adventures with Patchy and Calico. I was on top of the world when I opened and read that letter.

I have also received some very nice compliments from fellow ITPers about my book Heartaches and Miracles. ITP is a chronic blood disorder that is not well understood and even though we do not look sick, we are. Many people have thanked me for writing something that described what this autoimmune disease is and how it can change a life. What I loved best is when they say, “I let my family and friends read your book and now they finally understand what I am going through.” That was the purpose of my writing H&M.

What would we find under your bed?
There is no telling what creatures reside under our bed. We live in a very small house and a lot of odds and ends have been crammed under there over the years. I have been reluctant to look for fear of something grabbing me and taking me away to the junkers twilight zone where I would be tortured by all the neglected, unloved items that have been hidden away for so many years.

If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
Mornings are my busiest time. I try to get all my dog, house, yard chores out of the way so I can get to my computer and do book stuff. I guess I would be the chirpy bird type of person or better yet, a wild tornado tearing through the place. I turn into the grumpy bear if it takes too long to get all the “got to do” stuff done before I can do the “want to do” stuff.

Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it?  If so, can you share it?

Excerpt from Gerald and the Wee People

This time it was no illusion. The walls burned their hands; the hot air burned their throats. The floor was sticky with some kind of hot substance, burning their feet through their shoes.

They began to hear a distant sound like the laughter they had heard earlier. Cian fell to his knees and cried out in pain as the scalding liquid burned his skin. “I can’t go on, just leave me here to die,” he screamed.

Tomas reached out to his brother trying to help him up. It was no use; he was too weak and exhausted. In a very weak voice he said, “You all go on. I’ll stay with Cian. I can’t go another step anyway.”

No one else said a word. The others were too tired to talk, too tired to walk, too tired to care.

 This was not supposed to be happening. Gerald did not remember this from his nightmares. Something was wrong.

He yelled to whoever was listening, “Did we take a wrong turn or something? Stop it Miach, stop it. You want me, leave my friends alone.”

That just made matters worse. The scampering, unseen creatures came out of nowhere. They did not just run past this time but stayed and started pinching and biting the legs and arms of Gerald’s companions.

For some strange reason though, the creatures did not bother him.

All four of his companions were down, rolling around on the ground trying to fight off the shadowy figures. The screams intensified from his friends as the burning liquid covered their bodies and the creatures’ biting turned to gnawing.

Gerald could hear pieces of flesh being torn away as the other boys were being eaten alive. The laughter was all around them now bouncing off the walls and echoing through Gerald’s head.

“Stop it, stop it now. Please, I’ll do anything you want, Miach. Stop the noise, stop torturing my friends.”

Total silence fell; all the gnawing, screaming and laughter were gone. Gerald did not know if the total lack of sound was worse than all the noise.

He noticed a light shining above him. He looked around and realized he was all alone.

A voice spoke inside his mind and said, “Anything I want, huh,” followed by a soft, haunting chuckle.

Do you have a Website or Blog?
I finally got around to setting up a blog,  and one of these days I will make a webpage.


 I am happily married to another author, Robert F. DeBurgh, and we have three four-legged kids who keep us on our toes. Up until a few years ago, we were self employed in the field of aviation. Then medical problems forced us both to search for another line of work.

My husband had already been bitten by the writing bug and had published his first novel, Riders of the Wind. He encouraged me to follow the same path so I started my writing career in 2005 as a freelance journalist for a local newspaper. Through that job, I was able to gain the knowledge and self-confidence needed to write my books.

In my spare moments between writing articles for the newspaper and family responsibilities, I worked on the manuscripts that would eventually become Gerald and the Wee People (YA fantasy) and Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat (children’s picture book). I also kept a journal of my ordeal dealing with ITP, an autoimmune blood disorder, and turned that into a book entitled Heartaches and Miracles. It took five years of writing but I finally got all three books published last year. Now I have plans for a couple more books and who knows where it will go from there.

To find out more about me and what mischief I get into, take a look at my blog:



Sandy said...

This book sounds wonderful! I've just recently read a few YA books and loved them. Off the share! Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity.

Laurie said...

Hi Sandy!! Thanks for stopping by. I don't think you will be disappointed if you pick this one to read. :) I've been on kind of a YA kick, too, recently. I also highly recommend The Magi by Kevin Turner. If you loved Harry Potter you will love Elijah and his friends, too.

desitheblonde said...

hi wow that great little book and then i love ya ya i read all and blog on all over the place

SusanD1408 Crochet Addict said...

Would love to read this book. Following on facebook (crochet addictcfs) a follower of your blog Susan D
Thanks ever so much for the giveaway!

Laurie said...

The giveaway winner is Desiree!