From the Author
Prom Girls was my first book. The illustrations were complete before the book ever come to be an infant. Through those illustrations (mine) I read the stories before writing them. I know it is a backward way and quite an unbelievable tale but I do have friends who will attest to it.
One route the book follows is the relationship of a young boy and young girl and their roles in the big event (Prom night). I had noticed even from a very early age that girls were organisers. That all the bells and whistles possible were thought of and a solid plan in place. Boys on the other hand typically run by the seat of their pants. These stories attest to that. Both are equally typical and equally likeable. This part of the story was all imagination and delight.
The off the beaten trails parts of the book were actually events that I had seen, experienced or heard 1st hand. I barely touch on the details or especially any of the emotion involved. The incidents happened over a period of many many years, were just sitting in my mind and came to surface through my art. I was surprised at my memory.
It was very important to me to honour the seventeen year old students who had worked so hard through a very tough emotional, social and physical time in life. So many kids have their hands in so many pots and still manage to come out the other side just fine. Being seventeen is the same now as it was when my own mother was young. What has changed is the times. Technology has had a tremendous impact on our teenagers' life. I took a portion of technology myself and implemented it in this book via text language. We may not like text lingo or even understand it but we can not deny its existence in our society. There are many references to words that have only just come into our knowledge base of modern vocabulary. In fact it was a very difficult edit for two different editors. They had a big adjustment to accept the language as correct without correcting it!
I find there is so much pressure on young people now to be competitive to reach for the moon and the stars. I wanted to give them a night to be themselves and enjoy the celebration. I wanted them all to have the moon and the stars as a graduation gift. I wanted them to glow and bask and dance and be spoiled. Goodness knows that adulthood is not a walk in the park.
Many of my ideas came as I spoke to different aged people about prom, high school and being seventeen. Without exception they all had a memory that made them giggle and blush. No one ever said they wanted to go back and do it again!
It is a fun book with a heart felt message.
Although the 'tradition' parts of the tale are set in Montreal, during my research I found that each North American community keep their own 'tradition' and year after year they go through the same rituals and end up at the same place as their siblings and perhaps even their parents.
At a time of life when teens are grasping at having their own identity, I find it quite ironic that they chose a traditional path. There is something comforting in this thought. That is why it is fitting that the dresses and hairstyles are all the same and that the girls and boys for the most part have no faces. Timelessness is the essence of this book and the stories it has to tell. Timelessness with a 21st Century twist.
I still read it and smile on a regular basis. Sincerely, Lesley Fletcher
About the Author
Lesley Fletcher is an author with stories to tell using more than merely words. Her illustrations illuminate the way, not only to writing but to spiritual fulfilment and immense pleasure. She loves to laugh, listen to music, dance, exercise, travel and delve deeper into humanity and religion. Whether it is a five star hotel or a sleeping bag on the ground, Lesley will easily adjust to and enjoy the moment. International level feeds the woman, artist and writer in her soul.