I am Stephanie Mesler, creator of Donny Granger and author of the novels-in-progress The Ballads of Donny Granger. Most of my work is somewhat autobiographical and Donny’s story is no exception though some of his adventures are a tad more colorful than my own. Donny is an amalgamation of people I have known, family and friends, a few strangers who have taken special places in my heart and imagination. In Donny, I am creating a super hero for the 21st century, someone a modern reader can love and admire. Donny is one of the lucky few who will become exactly who he was meant to be. He will do so on his own terms and in his own time.
Set in the hills of West Virginia, on the sea coasts of Florida, and many places in between; stocked with a striking cast of characters, The Ballads of Donny Granger are novels that deserve illustration. To that end, I would like to hire Elizabeth Beronich Sheets, who did the cover for Book One in Ballads, the drawing you see here, to fully illustrate this first Donny book. Sheets and I have collaborated previously. She is exactly the right artist to illuminate Donny’s tale. That is one of the things your donations to this Kickstarter campaign can support.
Beyond that, your donations to this campaign will defray printing, binding, and shipping costs and allow this writer to breathe a little easier as she takes time to finish the book. It will also let me know you believe in Donny Granger and my ability to write him alive. In gratitude for your confidence in me, you will receive rewards as listed in the right-hand sidebar of this Kickstarter page. These gifts include autographed copies of The Ballads of Donny Granger, Book Oneand Soul Hill Lullabies, my most recently published book of poetry. There are also ebooks and audio books, as well as commissioned work by this author to be had by supporting me as I complete The Ballads of Donny Granger, Book One.
As this Kickstarter campaign goes forward, I will express my thanks to those who contribute by adding rewards for every $500 pledged beyond the campaign’s original $2000 goal. Please donate today and donate again should the spirit move you. Even the smallest of donations will make a difference. Your support and faith in me and my work are greatly appreciated.