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The Quest of Snorrie Magnus

Rachael Lindsay

Snorrie Magnus is an unusual troll in many ways, not least because he has two heads, which don’t always agree! One thing they do have in common though is a love of adventure, and recounting these experiences to their friends. On this adventure Snorrie Magnus and his pet frog, Herpet, find themselves at the castle of the King of Trolls, who has mysteriously lost his voice. Everyone is extremely upset by this, and it falls to Snorrie Magnus to discover why and find out how to get it back. His mission leads him to encounter various deadly foes, from Queen Faerie to Miasma the mermaid and Ormarr the Oderiferous, and to search out the beautiful and powerful Flamoo-Bloo that was taken from the trolls long ago. Will Snorrie Magnus survive his quest and will the King ever speak again?

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As a child, growing up in Cheshire, I was an avid reader. J. M. Barrie was my hero but I also revelled in J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, C. S. Lewis and A. A Milne. I loved Kipling's asides to his audience (dearly beloved), the landscape of Narnia, and nonsense poetry. My young mind was full of mythical creatures and places; I still have my copy of The Sentimental Dragon by Grace Cox-Ife, pages now falling from their binding and signed at the front in my childish hand.
I spent many happy weeks in Switzerland when I was young, as my father worked there for periods of time. Those breath-taking mountains, lakes and waterfalls joined forces with the fjords and forests of Norway, creating a backdrop to much of my writing. Who could not be inspired by all of these influences?
As a result of my happy experiences in both real life and fantasy, I always wanted to write stories, from about five or six years old. Of course, I had to be a serious grown-up for a while - teaching all ages from four to fifty-four year olds, earning money and bringing my two wonderful children into the world - but then I decided the time was right for me. And my stories.
Now I use my background in education to inspire children in schools up and down the country. Their enthusiasm, as they listen to and read my books, is a constant delight to me. They begin to write with greater imagination and flair.
I see parts of my young self in them.