Check out these facts about my books:
Jasmine Wilson and her family are Indian Christian. I said that in earlier drafts, but it didn't make it to the final cut.
Where is Mr. Wilson, you might ask? He and Mrs. Wilson divorced when Jasmine was eight and Leon was two.
The name of the Kaitlyn Jennings's friend at the housewarming party is Meghan.
The name of Alex's deceased girlfriend was Chandler Day.
Scooter, Alex's dog, was a couple weeks away from turning 1.
Simon the English marble figure was inspired by the cupids in Night at the Museum 2.
Alex, Alyssa's godfather, was inspired by Sirius Black from Harry Potter.
Alyssa was developed like the Disney princesses.
Hailey was developed like my brother at the time I first wrote Book 1 in my late teens.
Madison was developed like one of my cousins.
Destiny was developed like Cinderella's stepsisters.
Mathias was developed like one of my uncles.
Rosaline's name was borrowed from Romeo and Juliet.
Originally, Uncle Bruce was going to be an alcoholic. I'm glad I changed that.
Book 1 took about a year and three quarters to complete the first time.
All the magical creatures, except the wizards, are my own original creations.
Regulus the marshakeet's name was borrowed from Harry Potter.
Lorraine, Mrs. Hutchinson's first name, was borrowed from Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun.
The magical creatures were inspired by different wildlife in Australia.
A couple people have compared Mrs. Hutchinson to Aunt Petunia from Harry Potter. However, Aunt Petunia had no influence on Mrs. Hutchinson at all. That was probably just a coincidence.
Originally, Errol's name was going to be Peril and he was going to be pure evil. He was inspired by the Grim Reaper.
Originally, Luis, Errol's only friend, was going to be a servant Errol was cruel to. But editors disliked that. So, I changed it.
Aside from the four additional girls, Claudia, Natalie, Ella, and Grace, a few other characters from re-occurring W.I.P's include Mrs. Watson (Sydney's mom), Mrs. Diehl (an art teacher of Alyssa's), and Mr. Formicola, a minor character and science teacher, were cut from the story.
Originally, Alyssa was going to breathe air when she involuntarily did magic. But thanks to my inspiration from Disney's Frozen, she releases uncontrollable wizardry from her hands.
Krystal was developed like one of my cousins.
Besides Frozen, the movie, ParaNorman, gave me a lot of inspiration for the content of this story, especially Errol's past (don't worry, I won't spoil anything).
Mr. Tansill, the principal, was developed like one of the school administrators from my school days.
It wasn't until later that I noticed that there are a lot more male characters in this story than female ones. However, this was not intended.
When writing this novel, I unintentionally added symbolism of history repeating itself. I will stop there on that.
Mr. Godfrey was intended to be developed like one of my teachers in school whom I liked as a person.
Originally, Alyssa and her friends were going to go trick-or-treating. But that got scrapped.
Sydney was also going to host a Halloween party at her house. That also didn't make it.
Originally, Alex's backyard party was going to be at a restaurant.
When writing this novel, I didn't really enjoy writing scenes where Alyssa was at school.