My name is Chris Ossman and today I would like to pick your brains to resolve a dilemma I’ve toiled with for more than a year. It seems that I have published a children’s novel that is written in a different voice than the one I would choose for its sequel. This first story, which is called Far Beyond was written with very specifics goals in mind. The first is obviously to entertain the reader and while this can be as difficult of a task as any for an author this is not my primary concern because this is expected of every book written.
The other goal, the one that has me troubled is focusing on the audience that I plan to attract with my story. If, for example, I want to appeal to adults, I must use words to which adults can relate. The words I choose do not have to be overly complicated or long, they simply must convey my thoughts and ideas in a manner that speaks to the intended reader. Now, as for Far Beyond, this story is intended for young children who have a couple of years of reading under their belts, say an eight, nine or ten year old boy or girl. The words used to weave this story are age appropriate, but might require a Mother or Father’s input occasionally, which is exactly how I intended this reading experience to go. My hope for this story is that a parent will start reading Far Beyond as a bedtime story, but relinquish this responsibility when the child feels comfortable with their own ability. Though this is still the goal of book one in the Far Beyond series, it contrasts with the level of maturity required for the pending sequel “The Guardian’s Plight”.
Besides writing screenplays and novels for adults, Mr. Ossman has written a Children’s novel called Far Beyond, short children’s books for younger readers and a picture book called Where Do I Belong?: The Adventures of Tuft
Though educated as an electrical engineer, Mr. Ossman continues to pursue a career in writing and has completed scripts and novels as well as a large cache of story ideas, waiting for development that span a diversity of genres.