as he describes the book’s main theme: Superstition.
“I love the concept of superstition; the way people believe if they do something, or don’t do it, that something good or bad might happen to them, or someone they love; like their Mother. Where does a concept like ‘step on a crack and break your Mother’s back‘ originate? And why?!”
The angle Poeltl take’s in telling his story steeped in superstitions and set on a stormy Halloween evening, is to introduce two young siblings, Jackson and Eloise, pull them from everything they know, and drop them into a land ruled by superstition.
“Then the children have to navigate their way back home, but all the while, adhering to the rules of the land West of Noreaso,” How do they do that? “Upon entering this new realm, the children encounter three sheep. They think they must have wandered from their shepherd, but soon discover that the sheep would be their shepherds there. That Jackson and Eloise could understand them when they spoke, and that they were trapped in a world they know nothing about.