This April, Ernst J. Dabel will release his new novel, Albino—a self-published YA ebook with distribution through Sea Lion Books. To help promote Albino, Ernst J. Dabel himself had a few things to say about his new book:
"Many years ago, my brothers and I were driving back from a convention. We were all exhausted but in good spirits. We had listened to a lot of music, but now turned it off so we could discuss some of the things we could do to contribute to society. We went back and forth on many things, some things we only briefly touched upon them, while others we debated for many hours in hopes of discovering a new way of bringing a happy heart and a beaming smile to each one of our fans. Well one of the topics that came up was by my brother Les, who’s now my agent. He said to us that he knew something that he felt had never been written before.
I was of course very curious, because at the time, my dream of becoming an author had not blossomed yet, but had only been a tiny seed. And I was very eager to write something that others had not delved into yet. Woodland creatures, he told us, living in the forests, not dressed up in human clothes and weapons as most of the cartoons portrayed, but dressed in grass, leaves, bark, flowers and other things from the wild. Their weapons would be made of wood, bone and other natural things but not metal.
Before I could open my mouth to respond to his comment however, he stopped me. Maybe he saw the look on my face. Woodland creatures! All the stories about them were for little kids, adults, if they were not parents, were not interested in reading such things. I was ready to move on to the next topic when he told me it had to be about woodland creatures that adults would not mind reading about. Then Les smiled. My brain processed his words and then the light bulb went on and I smiled back at him. He knew exactly what I was thinking, and he reminded me that I had always told him how J.R.R. Tolkien had written about elves, dwarves, and other fantasies, which in his time, were considered fit only for kids and not for respectable adults, and had written a story that both young and old alike has fallen in love with over the years. Now he told me, I might as well take woodland creatures, which in my time, is considered fit only for kids and not respectable adults, and write a story that young and old alike would fall in love with.
I didn’t need to hear any more. I was sold on the idea and so I locked myself in my room and wrote Albino in three weeks, pouring my soul into the work. When I finally finished and looked in the mirror, I was like Tom Hanks from Castaway with the wild hair and unkempt beard, lol (grins). It was the most grueling three weeks of my entire life.
I found an article as I was writing this blog post and I wanted to share it:
J.R.R. Tolkien, claimed in another lecture a couple of years later, entitled “On Fairy-Stories,” that “there is no true end to any fairy-tale” (Monsters 153). As if to prove his point, Tolkien took the Beowulf tale and reworked it: first as a children's story called The Hobbit, published in 1937, and then as “a children's book for adults” (Stirling 15), i.e. The Lord of the Rings, in 1954-5. The critics were confounded, especially since adults read the latter work; again and again, it seemed. What's more, in a major British poll conducted by the Waterstones book chain and Channel 4 television several years before the millennium ended, “adults” voted the trilogy the book of the century. To add insult to injury, the Folio Society1 decided they would check what readers of “serious” books thought, and yet again Tolkien came out on top… (If you’d like to read the entire article you can find it HERE.)
Albino will also include various black and white illustrations. I believe they will give a sense of how vast and complex this world of Nothengarrd, which Albino stumbles into, really is. Separating east from west is a large river of hundreds of thousands of living snakes, which flows from north to south in an endless flow. Some characters, aside from Albino, include the raccoon Lutador and his mother Dominirendlutador who are both dressed in banana peels; the mouse king Brannherr dressed in the flower petals of a rose sitting on his wooden throne and all of his scions who also dress in various flower-petals; Velhaco, the vain mouse prince dressed in the wings of butterflies; the fire ant Unos and his generals from the hellish desert of Arido dressed in outfits made from mud; and many others.
In the end, Albino does to woodland creatures what Lord of the Rings did for fantasy back in Tolkien’s time. In other words Albino takes woodland creatures into a story that even adults would care to read ;)"
OFFICIAL ALBINO SYNOPSIS: The white mouse Albino always believed that he would live with the old farmer William Springer forever, eating Cheddar cheese and enjoying life at the farm. But after he is kidnapped by the street urchin Darl and violently thrown into a raging river to drown, he wakes up in the middle of a strange and mysterious forest and his life is changed forever as he finds himself in a world unlike anything he could ever imagine.
Aided by an odd crow, he begins an adventure filled with action, danger, and ultimately a final confrontation against his worst nightmares.
The ancient and cruel rats called the Ma’aldee are on the move, while the Spiritual Guardians of the Land whisper in fear and dread of the coming of Emperor Loucura, Lord of the Ma'aldee.
Only Albino has the power to save the Land...
ABOUT E.J. DABEL:
Ernst J. Dabel is the President and co-owner of Dabel Brothers Productions, a publishing company specializing in comics and graphic novels. Ernst’s company has adapted novels by major authors such as Dean Koontz, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Orson Scott Card, Raymond E. Feist, R.A. Salvatore, Patricia Briggs, Robert Silverberg, Tad Williams, and others. Albino is his second novel after Pantheons.