Hometown authors mix literary worlds while writing a dream
Two local kids used to dream about publishing a book together. It would be a fantasy including elements from many of their favorite stories and be the kind of book that made kids like them dream about the magic that could exist in each of us.
In October their dreams became a reality.
Bryland Sutton and Corey Dalton don’t remember if their bond began the first day they met in kindergarten at Jackson Township Elementary School, but it did not take long before the two became best friends.
Both had active imaginations and early in their education they developed a love of reading.
Several teachers inspired them to love reading.
They specifically remember Mrs. Brown in the 4th grade and Mrs. Neece in the sixth grade; both who read to the students and inspired the boys to try writing themselves.
Their literary inspirations were from fantast worlds created by authors such as J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S, Lewis.
In sixth grade they first began seriously dreaming of publishing a book together, and they never gave up on the idea. They wrote many stories, even a comic book.
At Northview High School, teacher Mrs Kerr, was another positive influence. They graduated together but continued to dream of publishing a book although they went to different colleges.
Sutton went to Indiana State University and received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and MS in exercise science. He works as the fitness coordinator at IU Health.
Sutton has written and published children’s poetry in magazines such as Humpty Dumpty and Spider.
Dalton studied English at DePauw and then completed his Masters in Fine at Butler in Creative Writing. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, a trade book editor, a magazine editor, a freelance writer/editor and is currently a medical writer who has published works in several magazines including “The Saturday Evening Post,” and “Jack and Jill.”
Three years ago the duo decided to act on their dreams and began to write “Empress of Otherworld.”
The book is aimed for ages 8-12, but it appeals to adults as well.
Sutton and Dalton utilized characters well known from the past, but gave them new twists.
Alice Liddell from Wonderland is just a bit snooty and very aware that she is the oldest. Peter Pan has a bit of attention deficit along with his free spirit. Dorothy Gale of Kansas and Oz is the youngest and just a bit unsure. Joining them is Hap, an unhappy orphan from present day who stumbles into their world while investigating a trap door in the attic. These characters must fight to overthrow Prospera, the evil Empress of Otherworld and her dark hearted helpers, including the very dangerous Peter Panic. There are plans for a series of this magic world.
First Circle Press out of Zionsville is publishing the book, which came out for sale on Amazon and Kindle on Halloween of this year.
Just in time for the holidays, a local book signing, with Bryland Sutton and Corey Dalton on hand for autographs, is scheduled at Coffee Grounds in Brazil on Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m.