Shadow Demon of Oz was to be the conclusion of what I had originally planned to be a single book entitled Magician of Oz. The story was greater in depth and the message I was conveying was greater in strength following the first book. As such, I felt compelled to write Shadow Demon of Oz, though I hadn't planned on it being so dark, as I saw it. It even started at night. The title was named for the villain, not the hero. Most unusual, but then again, nothing I do is. I felt compelled to end on a high note and so Family of Oz completed the trilogy and completed my message.
Now, The Ozian Adventure of Pickleless & Blu leads me astray and leaps beyond the boundaries of the world I have known in my mind. It is a spin-off of Family of Oz and has allowed me to expand as a writer... for which I will be eternally grateful.
On another note, Jonathon Frid, better known as Barnabas Collins on the old, B/W tv show, Dark Shadows passed away on Friday the 13th of April, 2012. How ironic!
I always liked that show, though we had a church in Huntington, West Virginia where I was certain his coffin resided.
Ahhh... The innocence of youth!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma