Houp Uses E-Publishing to Introduce Thomas the Gnome

Posted on May 24, 2011 by


If you want a good love story that has mythological characters but isn’t a traditional fairy tale, here’s one that you may want to look up: “The Tale of Thomas and the Leaf. The author may shock you slightly when you find out that it is Fleetwood’s very own Zachary Steven Houp.

The story is about a gnome—yes, a gnome—named Thomas, who is in for a bigger adventure than he ever intended when he journeys to visit his wife at the House of Healing where she is in labor with the couple’s first child.  Once you read the story, you will see the vital role it plays in Houp’s relationship with his wife.  In a personal interview, Houp explained the gestation of his short story.

Said Houp, “I gave the short story to my wife on Valentine’s Day, and the poem enclosed was given to her when I proposed to her.  I also gave her a leaf, which won’t mean much to someone who hasn’t read the story.  I wanted to make a story that pertained to to the themes she loves in literature, some of which are marriage and child rearing.”

Perhaps the most unusual detail is what Houp claims led him to Thomas: “When we started dating, my wife and I went to a paint-your-own ceramic store, and I painted a gnome and named it Thomas after my GPS.”

At first, the short story was far from absorbing; but, after the expository details were past, the plot and characters grew increasingly interesting.  Overall, the story is very good.

At least one fan would very much enjoy a sequel with Thomas involved in another adventure. The ending was perfect for the story, and I loved the creativity emblazoned upon every page.

To purchase a copy of Houp’s short story, “The Tale of Thomas and the Leaf,” follow this link to its Amazon.com page: http://www.amazon.com/Tale-Thomas-Leaf-ebook/dp/B00427YNC8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=books&qid=1305419518&sr=8-2

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