Friday, February 20, 2015

Children's authors have the BEST questions

Authors tend to have lots of questions - often about marketing, advertising, formatting, and other nuts and bolts. And then there are the technical questions: making zombies plausible via virus, escape scenes with people shooting at a swimmer, plane crash survivability...

Then there are the children's author questions.
"I understand that, when boiling down maple sap to make syrup, the fumes cover everything with sticky sap. Has anyone made maple syrup at home, and if so is this true?

If you had a dragon creating the flames to boil down the syrup, what would be the best way to clean off the dragon? given that dragons are immune to fire, would making a big fire around the dragon work, or would it just crystallize the sap into maple sugar?"
For the pedantic, yes, the author was corrected that it only produces a lovely-smelling steam, not sticky vapors. However, the quantity of splashes and spills can produce a dragon who needs cleaning anyway.

If you are interested in kid's books with dragons, fairies, and trolls (and I'm mighty curious about the maple-syrup-making dragon, but it's clearly not fully written yet), see Becca Price's books here:

Dragons & Dreams


  1. Okay... I honestly never thought of anything like that...LOL

  2. I suppose you could have the dragon heat water to rinse the sugar off over a special collection tray, and use that sugar for industrial purposes or to add a kick to distillation of certain adult libations. Assuming that is that the dragon is strongly endothermic and generates sufficient waste heat that he/she won't catch a chill. If he/she's really glazed, probably taking a reflex-hammer like tool and breaking the sugar off might work.

    Drat. This is not getting my review of edits done. :)


  3. I will have to check those out for my grandaughters.