Mark J. Grant, a graduate of Occidental College, has been on Wall Street for thirty-seven years in various senior management positions. He has run capital markets for four investment banks and been on the boards of directors of four investment banks. Grant also writes “Out of the Box,” a commentary on the financial markets that is distributed daily to approximately 5,000 large money management institutions in forty-eight countries. He is the author of Out of the Box and onto Wall Street: Unorthodox Insights on Investments and the Economy (Wiley, 2011). LILA: THE SIGN OF THE ELVEN QUEEN is his first novel.
The Story Behind Lila: The Sign of the Elven Queen by Mark J. Grant
The book was inspired by a dinner party at my house. I had some friends over and they were complaining that there were no nice books, no fairy tales, no Alice in Wonderland’s available in the world any longer. They said every book had he who could not be named or giant spiders or monsters or vampires or skulls and crossbones. There was nothing out there to read their kids or have their older children read.
This was quite a topic of conversation. I said that they had to be kidding but if that was the case then I would write such a book. It would be a lovely fantasy that would not scare any child. They all looked at me with some disbelief but I did exactly what I promised.Lila—the sign of the Elven Queen is my answer to their unhappiness.
The world is seen through the eyes of a six year old girl. She not only struggles with each new twist of life that is tossed in her way but mama also teaches her not just to grow up but to become a young lady.
The building that in which she lives in New York City does not allow dogs so she talks her parents into allowing her to have an invisible dog. On a cold and snowy Saturday papa takes her to the pet store to get the invisible supplies for her invisible dogs. Fluff, an invisible Aussie rescue dog comes around the corner and introduces himself to Lila just as Lila and papa are about to enter the store.
There are then magical adventures at school and meeting the invisible people from Iceland of whom some have migrated to New York. They live in the cornerstones of downtown buildings there or in the boulders of Central Park and a number of interactions take place. It is also discovered that Lila has a birthmark, The Sign of the Elven Queen, which allows for a lunch with the Queen and Princess of the invisible people that takes place in “Boulder I, Parliament House.”
Towards the end of the book Fluffy is revealed to be much more than he seems, Lila gets to become a princess and all of this just as she turns seven.
Lila is a modern day fairy tale and my gift to the world.
Lila is a polite six-year-old girl who lives with her mama and papa in New York City. She has two cats, and would now like to have a dog–except dogs are not allowed in her apartment building. After thinking about it for awhile, Lila asks her parents if she can have an invisible dog. Her parents agree, and together they decide to name the dog Fluffy. On their way to the pet store to buy invisible supplies for the invisible dog, a black and white Aussie appears from around the corner and introduces himself to Lila, saying, “My name is Fluffy.”
In a series of fun adventures that follow, Fluffy introduces Lila and her family to the invisible people of Iceland, who live inside the boulders of Central Park and the cornerstones of New York City buildings. One day, the invisible people discover that the birthmark on Lila’s left forearm is the sign of their Elven Queen, and just as she turns seven, Lila is made a princess. Can anything be better than that?
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