About the Trilogy...

 

 The Wizard Was Odd Overview...

 

Sooner than later, in that both manuscripts have been written, this site will offer two of a three part series, book 1 - Toto's Tale and book 2 - Trail of Tears. However, we are not quite there, but close.  Toto's Tale begins where the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz, ends where Dorothy awoke to find that her adventures in Oz were a dream. Toto's Tale begins a handful of days after Dorothy’s awakening. Toto's Tale is a cliffhanger. Its sequel, Trail of Tears, brings to the reader, the satisfaction of disclosure, but not closure. Closure comes with the final book in the trilogy.

 

 

Can you guess what this series is about? Does the title give you sufficient clues? It doesn't matter. I am going to tell you anyway.

 

 

Time is of the Essence!

 

A couple of days in Oz equals a year in Kansas, where Uncle Henry is dying; the Wizard may provide the cure, but will he be able to help Dorothy find her way home…and in time, to make a difference?

 

 

Synopsis...

 

Alongside Toto, you will ride in the front seat of a thrilling and emotional roller coaster throughout the magical Land of Oz…and beyond. This Wizard of Oz takeoff is a multidimensional plot-twister as told from Toto’s perspective that includes an updated original cast and a host of other wondrous quirky social misfits. With many surprises along the way, this complex and intriguing parody has as much tongue-in-cheek humor as it does original content, adventure, mystery, fantasy, and romance.  This sequel begins a handful of days following Dorothy's awakening in the 1939 MGM film, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This time however, Tiny Toto takes charge! 

 

History...

One day, in 2012, my wife and I had a very busy week, shared little time together, and were out for our Friday night, "date night". As we drove to our destination, I glanced lovingly in her eyes and said, “So Toto, how is Dorothy?”

 

Perhaps that wasn’t the best way to start the evening, but it did get me thinking. How would Toto describe his experience in Oz…after all he was a feisty little dog… From that fountain of folly, the book was born.

 

After two and a half years of biweekly critiques and suggestions from my book review group, I completed manuscripts for books one and two of The Wizard Was Odd series in October 2014. The Wizard Was Odd is a new twist on an old favorite… The novel retains a skeletal similarity to Baum's original work in that this troop of radical oddballs, travel the yellow brick road seeking special favors from that notorious Wizard of Oz.

 

This adaptation is narrated by Toto, the troop’s self-appointed leader. What begins as a lighthearted rendition, a parody, grows into its own skin quickly with an updated original cast, the addition of a twisted plot, and a host of other wondrous quirky social misfits. Though this adaptation lacks the sexual imagery of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, it is more sophisticated than the original by L. Frank Baum. Its length, with 200,000 plus words, the complexity of its multidimensional plot, and its endless tongue-in-cheek humor will keep young adults and adults young at heart laughing out loud. The reader can expect an invigorating and imaginative spin on those memorable and historical aspects of Baum’s Oz, but with extensive original content by way of topography, emotionalism, plot, characters, and perils.