ZONTORIA BOOK COLLECTION
|When I started writing the first book in the Zontoria
collection, I didn't have any idea how the concept would grow and
catch on. I was simply writing for the fun of writing and illustrating.
The first two short stories kicked off the collection. "Walter
and the Princess" and "Gus Learns A lesson" were
fun stories that were developed with the help of our children and
friends. We had so much fun deciding what the characters should
do next and everyone involved wanted to be in the story. That is
how many of the characters were developed, designed after those
|Each book needed a place to happen which made castles,
cottages, villages and communities start to grow. And then, the
lakes and forests, hills, towering mountains and for beyound started
to take shape. Creating a world can be very inspiring.
As Jeannie explored Zontoria it became evident that more realistic
characters and different time periods needed to be explored and
developed. Just sit down with a group of second grade kids and
turn their imaginations loose.WOW! Ideas will flow like a mountain
river as the snow melts in the spring sunshine. And so, the four
different lands of Zontoria were created and time travel was added
so any story would fit into the concept. The collection now includes
fully illustrated books, short stories, and early readers.
|Northland is full of myth and magic with dragons,
unicorns, pegasus, and fairies. A world of talking creatures and
village people where families have problems, challenges, and live
situations much like people in our real world experience.
|The Eastland is a place of mixed
times with Dome City filled with technology, science and robots.
Goblins and creatures live in the cliffs outside. The other side
of the mountain hides an Indian Village, herds of wild beasts, legends
and the unknown.
|Going to the Westland takes us to the past
with cowboys and Indians. Visit ghost towns, a logging camp and
explore the mountains with its many myths and legends.
|Zontoria's Southland is a place of big cities,
small towns, and everything in between. Mixing fiction with reality
offers a different perspective for discovering our life purpose
and achieving goals. With no measurment for time and the presents
of magic, keep your eyes open.
In our worlds of the increasing complexity of
sameness, Zontoria is that refreshing, simple world of fantasy
that never disappoints those with an insatiable appetite for learning
to cope with life without wanting to dwell on the added frustrations
of just trying to figure out how to find those solutions. In short,
Zontoria in its stories is different for everyone but positive
for everyone. This is a world, which is deceptively simple and
clean but truly singular and remarkable in its self-explorations
and coping experiences.
Zontoria exists to fill a need in youth (of all
ages). That universal need is to offer a true, enduring alternative
to the fantasy trends of today merely seeking to escape
ones problems, and to move toward, and thrive in, the light
of the opposite, to absorb into a simple fantasy that actually
explores self problems and solutions without broadcasting those
as the mission.
In Zontoria, one loses themselves in a kind, simplistic
alternative universe, where magic is not deception but rather
is presented in its most constructive and addictive form -where
the inexplicable and transforming have deep affects on us all
-when something seemingly impossible of our inner self struggle
is teased to the surface, illustrated and usefully explored. All
this interaction reinforces the hope of a better self and a way
of thinking to work toward that better self.
When a fantasy world is generated from universal
needs to cope with life, for all ages, there is something for
everyone to explore and feel and to positively adapt to their
own lives, all along thinking they are reading a simple little
story in a simple little universe. That is the World of Zontoria.
To cope with life there must be understanding
and help. To self-cope with life there must be justified self-confidence,
built upon experience and a questioning mind. Zontoria offers
such from a simple but compassionate world.