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Lizzy Albright—Conception to Completion

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

The Lizzy Albright book was originally conceived by Kat Bowser to be a children’s illustrated book about a little girl, her granny, and a quilt. Granny’s sampler quilt would have several traditional blocks and the names of the blocks (Flying Geese, Bear Paw, Honey Bee, etc) would inspired the little girl’s imagination and perhaps take her on a little journey where she might meet a goose - or a bear - or a bee.

That was 12 years ago, and the idea sat on a back burner.

In late 2017, Kat Bowser told Ricky Tims that she would like to rekindle the idea. She wrote a short story that was longer than a children’s illustrated book. It was that loosely assembled short story that inspired Ricky to suggest they write a novel—a chapter novel that was much more in-depth, adventurous, mysterious, exciting, and literary. Neither Kat nor Ricky had ever written fiction before.

The started out on the concept and synopsis—which you might imagine has changed over time, but that led to the writing and story.

The novel is multi-layered and somewhat complex. It starts off light and nostalgic for anyone who might remember living in the 1960s. Our heroine, Lizzy Albright, celebrates her 10th birthday on December 24th, 1964, when our story begins. One story last a day. While another story spans more than seventy years. There’s magic, adventure, danger, and whimsy. But is there a quilt?

Indeed there is. The quilt in the story is a literary vehicle in the same way that the tornado in The Wizard of Oz is a vehicle. It’s very important. Lizzy Albright and the Attic Window is not a story about a quilt. It’s a story about courage, deception, broken promises, and overcoming obstacles. It is empowering and entertaining.

Let the adventure begin for you now. Ricky Tims and Kat Bowser are offering chapter by chapter streaming VidPods with commentary. Chapters are read by Ricky Tims. The pre-final reading lets you in on some things that might be cut, or enhanced. Join the fun, and listen to the VidPods of Lizzy Albright Playlist on YouTube.

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