As a father, educator, and writer, it occurred to me there was a new group of people Jules was in a unique position to reach, a group that must be the foundation of those making the world a better place – children. It was one of those wonderful gestalt moments when several things merge into one beautiful idea that is big and perfect, a moment that solidified our path and partnership. Julian and I immediately sat down to flesh out the story and soon the White Feather Flier, a magical aircraft that carries children all over the world to solve earth’s problems, was born.
Working together has been a joy. There is always a gentle back-and-forth exchange of ideas and a deep and abiding respect for each other’s creative talents, passions, and abilities. Whenever we work together, Julian creates a kind of spiritual magic that influences everything we write. We discovered early on that so much of what we had to say to children was not just a creation, but a distillation of ideas. We worked very hard to make every sentence perfect, to say a lot with a very few words, and never ever to scare or lecture. Needless to say, the books’ wide appeal was soon evident, and reaching the New York Times Bestseller List was a truly gratifying experience.