1. Grandma's dog, McFluff, was a nickname for a friend's miniature poodle. It started out as 'Fluff' but after a trip to a well-known fast food chain we tacked 'Mc' onto the front of everything we said for an entire afternoon and it went from there...

2. Blackwater, the old sleepy town where Grandma lives, is a fictional place I made up with the notion it was set out west of Beaudesert in South East Queensland. I found out years later there really is a place in Queensland called Blackwater, way up north near Emerald. But I decided to keep the name anyway.

3. David's parents were originally both workaholics that never had any time for him, but I felt this was too 'Cinderella' so injected his mother, at least, with some warmth and personality. Even Dad has a soft spot now (though David may disagree, especially during one of his Dad's infamous 'try harder' lectures).

4. David is my own Dad's name and Flynn was my House name in High School.

5. Etamina is the word 'animate' backwards - animate literally means 'to make move', and I thought this was very appropriate considering the Forest's method of protecting itself.

6. The dedication at the beginning of this book is to my family - 'Iguana' (Mum - no, she isn't green and scaly, it's a long story), 'Popsie' (Dad, a little more obvious), 'Bud' (older brother Levi) and 'Teemis' (younger brother Adam). Ahem, what's that? What's my nickname, you ask? Never you mind...

On to The Book Launch

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