Jessie's books had the magical feel of a dolls house (look here for some examples of tiny interiors and other lovely stuff)-tiny mysterious interiors with little clocks and chairs, surrounded by theatrical pink silk curtains, hidden inside the cover of a book.
My book is called ''Below the Floor". ( I wanted to incorporate parts of the book itself, rather than obliterate it and Below played a big part in giving me an idea!)
The story that the book may show is not a happy one necessarily. An ordinary family is shocked to discover the secrets that lie below the floor. As they go deeper down, the cellars reveal more and more tiny horrors. The story might be a happier one than that. One of the family, perhaps the son, is a budding zoologist, and uses the inhabitants of the house as research material, observing their habits and relationships. There could also be a bit of Indiana Jones activity-the hero or heroine has to battle fearsome creatures to get to the treasure!
I am looking at it from a very human point of view, and I know that in my mind the story is more the first scenario than the others! The story may be a story of cruelty and misunderstanding, told from the insects' point of view. I know how much ''James and the Giant Peach'' helped me in my efforts to empathise with spiders.
The fly in the photos was most obliging, and sat to have his close up done! Aren't his eyes amazing?
The little pieces of text on the inside cover are things that leapt out at me as I was cutting my book-they all relate to my feelings about creepy crawlies I think, apart from the colour one and the one about chemicals-but I was thinking of mutations here! The colour one is just nice!
They are part of a strange insect tree growing out of the cellar.
A Blatte is a cockroach I now realise, after looking at this (scary!) site about the creatures that share our homes!
When I showed Andy the fly photo, he started to sing this song-I can't find the song to play you but here are the lyrics.