The Ark 2

The Story Behind The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen

Growing up, I was the oldest of three kids. My brothers and I made up stories all the time. Our ideas were all over the place. Most of them barely made sense, but they had one common thread- action. We were always running, always fighting the bad guys. Someone always needed to be rescued. Hiding…

P.O.W.ER 2

The Story Behind P.O.W.ER by Lisa A. Kramer

P.O.W.ER comes from watching a world which seems determined to undervalue half of its population—the female half. It also comes from a basic question that has always confused me: why are people in power so afraid of educated women? There’s evidence of this in many countries, where one of the first things they do to…

Two Empty Thrones 2

The Story Behind Two Empty Thrones by C.H. MacLean

We love the story behind the story. Superhero tales, for example. Superman wouldn’t be the same without knowing Krypton blew up just after his parents made him an orphan. In the same way, who thought up the alien-orphan idea and why? What was the inspiration? Inspiration is taking a breath, getting ready to fight or…

I Wish 2

The Story Behind I Wish by E.B. Tatby

I remember when I was little—I must have been five or six; I lay with my stomach pressed flat against the rusty floor of a merry-go-round at the park near my house. My feet stretched out behind me, resting on the octagonal shape in the middle, my long sun-streaked hair dangling in messy lines over…