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The Curious Snowflake (The Review)

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM




“The Curious Snowflake”….A heartfelt and unforgettable story…a parable of religious and spiritual beliefs, written in a style of …who would of guess it…a children’s story. The theme of one’s search for spiritually and the meaning life as it relates to truth, trust, and love spoke to me in such a way, that I was actually amazed that this was a Children’s Book.

 

In many ways, we often learn that the greatest obstacle in life is Ourselves… our Ego telling us that the possible is impossible.

Some of you might read this book and think it’s about death…and you’re correct.

Some of you might read this book and think it’s about birth… and you’re correct as well.

Some of you might read this book and think it’s about finding God…you’re correct too.

And others might read this book and think it’s about Buddhism…and you’re also correct.

 

Actually this book is the mirror of your life, what you get out of it… is the answers you are seeking. Regardless of what your religion and spiritual beliefs are…this book is about claiming your right to live your life… and find…and define…and create…the meaning of “Life.” The questions and the answers to the mystery of life start and end with us.

 

The Curious Cloud asked the question…What happens when a snowflake falls? Dissatisfied with the response she started her quest to find the answer until eventually she did fall…but not before she was told that she must look within herself for the answers she is seeking. What this book teaches us is there are no wrong or right answers in life…only the answers that speak to us spiritually…are the answers that will guide us to the truth we are seeking.

 

 

What an extraordinary message for a children’s book…And of course we invited James C Struck for an interview and learned some interesting things about the author and the book.

Nerisa E. Waterman: What was your childhood like? What did you do for fun? Any unusual hobbies?

James C Struck: I am the youngest of a big family (8 siblings), so needless to say quiet and solitude were not parts of my childhood. My mother, bless her pointed little head, is one of the most ridiculously creative people I’ve ever known, and she always encouraged any sort of creativity I or my siblings wanted to take up. My first love is actually music, not writing. I sing, play piano, can plunk around on about half a dozen other instruments, and I’ve been performing in front of people since I was about 9 years old.


Nerisa E. Waterman: Were you an avid reader as a child? If so, what genres of books did you enjoy reading? Any Specific favorites?

James C Struck: Avid would be putting it delicately. I remember reading “To Kill A Mockingbird” in school and coming across the part where Scout compares reading to breathing and just nodding in agreement. I was literate by the age of 4 and devouring novels by the time I was 10. As for preferences, I always leaned toward genre fiction when I was young, especially fantasy. My favorites were most of the expected ones, Tolkien, Zelazny and such. As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more philosophical. I find religions fascinating and I’ve studied nearly all the major ones in depth. None are perfect, but Taoism is pretty close. Tao Te Ching is a wonderful glittering gem of a book, can’t recommend it enough.


Nerisa E. Waterman: What was it that started you on your writing path?

James C Struck: Oddly, despite my love of the written word, being a writer is something that never even occurred to me until I was in college. I cannot point to any particular event or moment when I decided to write, merely that one day it seemed appropriate. There were words in my head, they wanted out. During those days I mostly wrote poetry, I think because the short length allowed me to power through my insecurities and doubts. I never tackled anything longer until I was in my late 20s, and only in the last 5 years have I had any real success with it.

 

Nerisa E. Waterman: How did the idea for this book come to you?

James C Struck: The original idea came to me sometime in 2006. My mother was big on reading to us when we were young, and one of my favorites was The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. If you’re not familiar, it is a collection of utterly charming children’s stories, mostly starring animals. My favorite was one called The Elephant’s Child, about a young elephant who “was full of ‘satiable curiosity” and drove everyone nuts with his questions. One day I was thinking about this old story (my wife and I had just found out we were expecting our third child and I was looking forward to her and her brother getting old enough to enjoy the book) and it collided with another idea. I’d been on one of my philosophical kicks, reading a lot of New Age stuff, and one image you run into a lot in that genre is souls as snowflakes, unique in shape but the same in substance. These two ideas came together in my head and The Curious Snowflake was born. All full of excitement, I grabbed a pen and started to write.  It fizzled. Utterly.  

So I shelved the idea, but it stayed in the back of my mind for the next four years. Then one day I was listening to an audiobook of Neale Donald Walsch’s “With God” series and came across the same snowflake soul image. Suddenly that old idea came soaring out of my subconscious with a big old DONE sign on it, and for the next week and a half I was a man obsessed. My wife tells me I was completely impossible to live with during that time because I was off in another world. I knocked out the first draft of TCS in 9 days, and during that time I did nothing but write, think about writing, or (not joking) dream about writing. Never before or since has an idea consumed me so much. I felt like a gazelle being dragged off by a lion.


Nerisa E. Waterman: Is there a message within the pages of your book that you hope readers will discover?

James C Struck: TCS is a story of ideas. If I had to put it simply, I would just quote the final line of the book: “What do you think?” We live in a world of competing spiritual concepts, each claiming complete and perfect authority, and look at the result. But what if the point of life is not to live up to some sort of external ideal, but to create an internal ideal, measure ourselves against it, and then either judge ourselves or, horror of horrors, change our ideals? What if it’s all up to us? What would that mean, and what kind of a world could we create around such a life concept? I know… a lot to ask from a 30 page picture book. :-)

 

Nerisa E. Waterman: Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with aspiring Authors?

James C Struck: Two words: keep writing. Even if it’s only a page a day, or even just a paragraph, keep writing. Even when you’re sick or depressed or exhausted, keep writing. Even when you hate every word you put down, especially then, KEEP WRITING. Because later you will go back to those words that you hated and find that they are far better than you imagined.

 

Nerisa E. Waterman: James C Struck thank you so much for being a part of my interview series. I loved your book so much that I had to do a little book trailer… which I included in the bottom of this blog post. Enjoy!

 

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