My life has been rather hectic of late. Between traveling to
to see my beautiful sister and handsome brother-in-law, and between my work, life’s been crazy. And when life is crazy, the blog gets ignored. Arkansas
But now I’m back and here’s a new post!
M. I. McAllister.
Mrs. McAllister has written books with characters in them that have become my friends over many years…and they’re all animals. Yes, M. I. McAllister writes completely epic stories and centers them around her main character, the squirrel with the pale fur, Urchin of the Riding Stars. But there are many more characters than just Urchin! She created a whole world full of hedgehogs, squirrels, moles, otters, and the occasional swan. This world, rather, island, is protected by magical mists that prevent anyone harmful from entering into the peaceful little world of Mistmantle.
I’m getting carried away talking about her books! Anyway, these books have been near and dear to my heart since my brother bought Urchin of the Riding Stars for me one Christmas long ago. But my very favorite aspect of her writing is how she makes an island ruled by animals and protected by magical mists so real. I can practically taste the warm cider in Brother Fir’s tower, or smell the herbs growing in his room. I can nearly feel the autumn breeze as it clips through the trees of Anemone Wood, carrying the smell of salt from the ocean surrounding the island. I can clearly see in my mind the Castle, the center point of the island, and the beautiful glistening harbor down below it, otters playing in the waves.
And how does M. I. McAllister do it, you ask?
I haven’t the slightest idea.
But one thing is for certain: her books are classics, and no matter how hard I might try, I can’t recreate this feeling of wistfulness in my own little story. This is something that I can’t copy, even though I try to!
Have you read any of Mrs. McAllister’s works? If so, please comment and tell me what you think! Here are some illustrations from her books.
The House of Stories