I thought you might like a little background before digging into the story…

The inspiration behind Jack and the Magic Hat Maker came to me in 2016, several years after my father passed away.

Grandma and Grandpa Partridge Car Crash and Death Story - Bend BulletinMy dad, John, had a rather traumatic and sad childhood. You see, he (age 5), his older brother (age 8), and younger sister (age 3) were orphaned when they were small children. Both of their parents were tragically killed in an automobile accident in Portland, Oregon when they were only 28 years old. Each of the three children was sent to live with a different relative and raised as an adopted child with their respective families. Dad never again saw his little sister and only reconnected with his older brother in adulthood.

Their life experience sparked the idea for a story. I wanted to transform my father’s tragic childhood, turning him into a kind of Superhero.

Coincidentally, their great grandfather 3 generations back, Edward, was a milliner…a hat maker.

Edward Partridge
Edward Partridge – Hat Maker – Inspiration for Grandpa Edward in the story.

It wasn’t until I was an adult I learned the nickname dad was called by as a kid: Jack.

I set to work writing book one and finally published The Golden Telescope in December of 2019. It is currently available in e-Book, paperback, and hardcover from all major online retailers.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!


Lots of Love,


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