Thursday, July 15, 2010

Guest Post With Authors Jon & Pamela Voelkel

The Jaguar Stones, Book One: MiddleworldToday, I have a special treat for you!  I won't be filling this post with my own dreadful awesome writings.  Instead, I bring you my very first guest post from authors Jon and Pamela Voelkel!  Their first book, The Jaguar Stones, Book One: Middleworld, published in April of this year and is the first in a new middle grade adventure series.  It's a super fun and exciting story about a boy who travels to Central America to save his parents who are lost on an archeological dig.  I'll be reviewing the book next Tuesday [edit: here's the review] and also Jon and Pamela will answer a few questions as part of their blog tour then [edit: here's the author interview].  But for now, here's their guest post, where they relate one of the best experiences they had while doing research for their book: 

The experience that changed everything took place at a site called Yaxha in Guatemala.  Jon and I were with our three children and a guide called Jesus Antonio. We were the only gringos that day; the other visitors were all locals, mostly school parties. A group of Maya teenagers started shadowing us and taking photos of themselves with our son Harry who’s 6’ 6”. Jesus Antonio watched them for a while, then stepped forward and puffed out his chest, ready to make a speech:

“Yes, remember these people,” he said in Spanish, “but not because their son is tall. Remember them because they are writing a book about your culture and thanks to them, children in North America will be reading about you and your history.”

The giggling, gum-chewing teens stared at him in surprise. Then, suddenly, they gave us a standing ovation. To be in that beautiful place, receiving applause from the living Maya with the ancient pyramids towering behind them was a humbling moment. That’s when I knew we had to go the extra mile and write a book that would honor those kids, a book with strong Maya characters and impeccable research. Back home, we signed up a leading Maya expert at Harvard to check all our facts. My dream is that one day, when our books have been translated into Spanish, we’ll make school visits in Guatemala.

What an amazing experience!  I hope your dream comes true.  Thanks again to Jon and Pamela.

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  1. That is such a fun experience! And what an exciting thing to be doing research on. I think if I ever wrote a book, the research would be the best part actually.

  2. Suey, I totally agree. Especially if my research took me to such an awesome location! And thank you :)


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