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Elaine Gale! An evil snow queen comes to life to put an end to christmas! Can Claire and her brothers stop her before christmas morn?
Elaine Gale! An evil snow queen comes to life to put an end to christmas! Can Claire and her brothers stop her before christmas morn?
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'The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale' is a 5000 (ish) word children's Christmas poem, about 3 siblings who build an evil snow queen in their own front garden. Little do they know of the adventure that lies ahead in their plight to save Christmas from her evil plan to end the season once and for all.

The Author Daniel Thompson tells the story with his unique rhyming narrative which, when coupled with Connor Edwards’ immersive illustrations, really brings this festive tale to life.

A short passage from the book
A short passage from the book

The Author Daniel Thompson tells the story with his unique rhyming narrative which, when coupled with Connor Edwards’ immersive illustrations, really brings this festive tale to life.

A page from the book
A page from the book

The Story Behind The Story

I started writing the book after a particularly snowy winter several years ago. My now wife and I had built a 7 foot snow queen in her parent's front garden and before I knew it the initial idea for the poem was born.

The Original Elaine Gale
The Original Elaine Gale

A huge fan of all things festive, I decided I would only work on the poem in the month of December as a bit of festive fun, and so over the next few years that’s exactly what I did. It took many years to get from there to here but in December 2015 I finally finished the first draft. I didn’t really have a plan for it at that point, I was just happy to have finished something I could be proud of and show my children one day. 

My beautiful wife Sophie and I Christmas 2016
My beautiful wife Sophie and I Christmas 2016

But then for the Christmas of 2016 my lovely wife Sophie had it made into a book to give me as a gift. I was blown away, it was done without illustrations and fancy fonts, but just seeing it as a book really got me thinking, so I started looking for an illustrator. I put the word out to find someone to help me bring this whole project to fruition and it was at that point I was introduced to Connor. Connor sent some initial drawings over and I really liked his style, it had hints of Tim Burton and Dr Seuss but at the same time stood up as his own. I knew straight away he was the person I wanted to use so we got to making the book a reality.

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Early sketch from Connor
Early sketch from Connor

Following some collaboration on how we felt it would look and progress we started to refine the process and slowly but surely our story began to take shape. 

Working on Elaine Gale
Working on Elaine Gale

Connor Edwards, Illustrator.

"I was hooked by Daniel’s story straight away, it is so different from conventional christmas stories and it had been a long time since I had read a children’s story that was so gripping and engaging. The poetry really gives the tale a beating heart, and along with the story's darker atmosphere I had a great opportunity as an illustrator to be creative with imagining the world Daniel had begun to create.

Elaine Gale
Elaine Gale

My work is inspired by the books I read, and the films I watched when I was younger, things like the Dr Seuss stories and the films of Tim Burton. The design of the book incorporates these influences into the style of the illustrations in a way that feels really quite unique."

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The Story

The story starts with 3 siblings Claire, Ben and Daniel, building a snow queen in the garden, as all children do. Claire begins to create a story around  the evil snow queen and before long she explains how Elaine Gale - the evil snow queen has placed a spell on all children to be naughty so that when Santa checks his naughty and nice list no-one has been good and thus no presents are needed. 

Happy with their days work they head back in for tea, but soon realise that their story is unfolding in front of their eyes. Realising they are the only ones who can stop Elaine Gale they start about a journey to overcome her evil plan and restore Christmas before it's too late.  

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We believe this book is great and deserves to be on the shelves, but in order for us to get this book out to the world and to make this whole thing a possibility we need help, more specifically your help. We are not being funded by any publishers or backers, it’s just 2 creative guys trying to contribute a little something to the rich tapestry of Christmas. With your help we can raise enough money to print an initial run, build a website, publish the book and advertise its release.

Risks and challenges

As we are unsupported in this venture our biggest challenge is finding affordable means of producing and distributing our books, that is why we are here. If we can generate the initial funding then we can deliver the project as expected.

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    Original Artwork & First Edition Book

    1 of 10 original pieces drawn by Connor (the illustrator) based on the book.

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    Original Artwork & Personalised Stanza

    A personalised poem written by the author accompanied by an original art piece by the illustrator.

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