A location similar to the Bella Coola Valley setting for the local author’s new young adult fantasy novel

Kathleen Moore looks forward to sharing her new novel The Jeweled Kingdom at her book launch and signing on Friday, January 20 in Bella Coola.

A multigenerational tale with characters traveling between different worlds, the book is a story of three women, Moore said.

“Grandma and her daughter flee to a farm in a valley much like Bella Coola from another dimension. They fled from a man they called a wizard because he had taken control of their daughter’s husband.”

The characters in the story are able to use gemstones to do good things. They can direct their power through different gemstones to work what some people would call miracles or magic.

Before she fled, her grandmother was queen of one country and her daughter was married to the crown prince of another.

Upon arriving at the farm, the daughter realizes she is having a baby.

Eventually the grandmother and mother realize that the child has a lot of power and he will be the one to save everything.

Moore started working on the book about 11 years ago, though it didn’t take long to write.

For the last five years or so he has been trying to find a publisher and recently decided to go the route of self-publishing.

When asked about her writing process, she said that normally something suddenly catches her interest and she will write about it.

“I do it with my poetry too.”

Moore grew up in Ontario. She and her husband Tom moved to the Bella Coola Valley in 1974 with three children under the age of four. They have six grandchildren.

They have been running a small greenhouse business since 1995.

Growing up she enjoyed writing and created prose and poetry for many years, with some of her poems being used for various celebrations. In 1967 she won the Birks Award for English.

“My approach to writing is also very visual as the stories play out like a movie in my mind.”

A visual artist with pen, ink and watercolor, she has exhibited her work in several exhibitions and created the cover of The Jeweled Kingdom.

“We live in a beautiful place,” he added. “The people are so friendly – you can’t beat that.”

The Bella Coola Valley has been known over the years for being creative, he added.

“There are so many artists here and so many musicians here. It’s impressive.

Several books written by local authors have recently been published including a historical book, a science fiction novel, a detective story, a children’s book and his own fantasy for young adults.

He’s halfway through writing a sequel.

The book launch and signing will take place at The Art House Gallery operated by the Bella Coola Valley Arts Council.

Starts at 7pm

With files by Kathleen Moore

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