Marie Kammerer Franke wrote A Charming Nightmare based off the antics of her young sons. One night while mom began their bedtime story with "Once upon a time..." to where they replied "The world blew up!!" And ACN was born. Each night her children would wait for the survivor's of the 'world blew up' to come to life again. Years after, when these two boys grew into young men Marie wrote down the memories of when her children blew up the world; aging the characters, maturing the conflict, and language until it turned into a series. Something her boys could open again as adults. ACN is a series of four novels. The first being A Charming Nightmare. The others: Sister's Lament, Another Word for Ledge, and The Brink of Almost are each in different phases of creation.