I want to read the book! Where can I get a copy?
I'm so happy to hear you're interested in the story! The book is available directly from the author.
You can get your very own copy of FLANN! right here!
Where's Volume 2?
It's coming! The artwork is all penciled, inked, and painted by hand. That takes time, but rest assured -- I'm working hard to continue the adventure!
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Due to unforseen circumstances (aka, the 2020-pocalypse), there's been a few blips in the production of Volume 2. Never fear! I'm working hard behind the scenes to bring you even more mysterious monsters and Northern adventures! CLICK HERE to sign up to be notified when Volume 2 is ready for pre-sales!
How many FLANN! books are there?
There are three books planned for the FLANN! adventure trilogy; "The Petrified Forest," "The Land of a Thousand Lakes," and "The Exploration of Unknown Regions." I decided to make the FLANN! books a trilogy because the Flin Flon area is known for three things -- its forests, its lakes, and its mines. I figured it would only make sense to feature each setting in its own book!
Did you actually draw all this!?
Yes, I did! Every panel in FLANN! is drawn, inked, and painted by hand. The only digital additions reside within the speech bubbles (my hand was too tired to do nice lettering by the end of the project).
Holy *%$! Hand drawn? How long did that take you?
I've had FLANN! kicking around in the back of my mind for a while. The story itself has been cooking since I was but a wee child. When I finally sat down to make it an actual book, the initial character designs and storyboard took about six months. The final draft took another nine months of hard work. Then I had to wait for the proof copy, make any final edits (another couple of months!), and finally got to order the finished book. It was a long process, but I'm very pleased with the results!
How ... Just HOW?
Patience, practice, and hard work! If you're curious about my process, stop by my Behind the Scenes section for a look at the production of FLANN!
What inspired you to write FLANN!?
Inspiration tends to come from a lot of places. The short answer is: my parents told mini-me stories about gold-seeking adventurers, then let me play in the woods. Those long afternoons of exploring, coupled with the local legend about Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin and his fish-shaped submarine, gave me the perfect foundation for a story about penniless prospectors, quirky cartographers, and the occasional mysterious cryptid.
That's the short answer -- click the button below to find out the whole story!
Is Mr Flynn Toba real?
There are many adventurous spirits in the world, and their real-life adventures are fascinating. Mr Flynn Toba was based on a local legend. The great thing about local legends is that they're based on the stories of lots of different people!
Are you scared of bears?
I wouldn't say I'm AFRAID of the bears, but I'm definitely respectful of their space. They're much bigger than I am, and really, I'm the one who's hiking through their backyard. In my experience, most bears just want to be left alone, so I do my best not to startle them and stay out of their way.
What do you do in your free time?
I have too many hobbies! One of my absolute favourite things to do is explore the woods with my dog. In the summer, we enjoy collecting neat rocks and kayaking on the lake, and in the winter, we'll break out the snowshoes and tromp down new trails; there's always something neat to discover!
Do you like tea?
I LOVE tea! I enjoy spiced flavours like cinnamon and traditional chai, but my favourite is a good, strong cup of Earl Grey with a bit of honey and just a touch of cream.
Which character is your favourite?
I love each character for different reasons. I love that Flann! is quirky and adventurous; she's always looking at the bright side of things. James' design took a while to pin down, and I'm very happy with both his final look and personality. Flynn embodies the clever researcher all good adventures need. All the townspeople have their own interesting quirks; even though they don't talk much in the book, they sure liked to run around in my sketchbook!
What does the monster look like?
The monster in the woods likes to hide in the shadows! No one's seen its real face, but Gramps says it's "ten feet tall with poison drool and teeth what could cut down a full-grown fir in ONE BITE." ... I've heard a rumour that Mr Flynn Toba managed to get a sketch of the monster before he vanished, but until we find him (and his sketchbook), I suppose we'll have to trust Gramps' description!
Can you show us some quartz that you found?