'Peppermints' announced in Community section of Wayne Magazine this March!
There is a new children’s book author in town that will be sure to take you back in time. Nikki Maloney, author of the newly released book The Peppermints: A Ski Vacation, found her inspiration through her very own father who enjoyed reciting bedtime stories to Nikki and her siblings as children. “When I was a little girl my father told my sister, my two brothers and me bedtime stories about a family called The Peppermints. They were about two boys and two girls named Pete, Patty, Peggy and Philpot,” explained Nikki. “The stories would be about things that coincidentally we had done as a family such as taking a ski trip, going to the swim club or traveling to see our cousins.
As children we were listening to them as stories. We did not realize they were actually about us.” Nikki realized this was her father’s way of connecting with each of them, teaching them lessons about their own lives and doing something that his own father had passed down to him, storytelling. It was only until years later when Nikki overheard her father, who her own children call ‘Goodie’, telling the same stories to her three kids. She could hear her father laughing as he went back in time to recount stories about the Peppermints. “I felt as though something truly magical and organic was happening and I wanted to preserve it somehow,” said Nikki.In the last couple of years Nikki has worked hard to compile all of these stories told by her father into their own individual vignettes.
Each story stands alone and highlights a specific character in the book that ultimately connects the dots for the reader to understand them as individuals and also as an entire family. A Ski Vacation is the first book in a series of 9 that will be released throughout 2014 and 2015. The characters are all extremely personal to Nikki as each name has reminiscent ties to a family member of hers. The breakdown of the characters are as follows: Mr. Peppermint: Goodie (Nikki’s father); Mrs. Peppermint: Nancy Schane (Nikki’s mother); Pete: Fran (Nikki’s brother); Patty: Chrissy (Nikki’s sister); Peggy: Nikki; Philpot: Tim (Nikki’s brother). Here is an excerpt from www.NikkiMaloney.com where you can find out how to purchase her book, learn more about the characters and The Peppermints: A Ski Vacation. “Winter brings colder weather and Mr. and Mrs. Peppermint know just what to do when the temperature plummets. A Ski trip to the mountains of Vermont is in store for the family. Pete, Patty, and Peggy are excited to get back on the slopes, but it is Philpot’s first time. He will do almost anything to keep up with his older brother and sisters. Come join the Peppermints as they make the most of the winter season!”
There was a clear vision in mind when Nikki began writing this book and the ones that follow. She wanted to re-create a time in place when children had more freedom and independence to solve their own problems and make decisions for themselves. “I wanted to tap into the need to be independent as a child and honor that. Kids today are not allowed the freedoms that I had when I was younger, and certainly not the freedoms that my parents had when they were younger,” said Nikki. “This is why I chose to have these stories take place in the 1950’s, so I could recapture those moments for children. It was very important to me that each story ended with a lesson. It was my way of indirectly modeling good behavior and good choices.”
Nikki chose to go down the path of self-publishing her own book alongside her talented illustrator Ted Layton. She wanted to assure that they would be able to have their own creative control when developing every aspect of the stories - a strong stance in these times of book publishing. “We have enjoyed this journey together free of procedure and standardization, allowing the creativity to be the focus of all efforts. We are realizing this freedom of taking a timeless story and changing the paradigm of how books are traditionally published and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Nikki.
Between the prolific storytelling told by Nikki Maloney and the imaginative artwork that brings all of these characters to life by Ted Layton, they were able to stay true to their vision throughout the process.The Peppermints: A Ski Vacation is available for purchase now at www.NikkiMaloney.com. So take part in the children's joys, challenges, trials and tribulations of growing up in a large family. Jump into Mr. and Mrs. peppermint's station wagon and get to know each Peppermint as they invite you on their many adventures: whether it be a ski vacation, summer camp, a day at the parade, a family outing to the zoo, a trip to Disneyland or the thrill of getting their first pet. Share intimate moments with each family member and embrace the many lessons there are to learn in life.