I had a lot of fun writing Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure. I really let my imagination go wild and I often found myself laughing at what was spilling out onto the page.
One of my favourite scenes from the book is when the Dustbusters get in the elevator after meeting the flamboyant Count Dracula. Elevators are usually quite boring for adults, or even quite frightening. However, for small children they are fun ride with lots of buttons to press. I wanted to push this idea of a fun ride even more and make it just as appealing to adults.
Here is the illustration of the buttons found inside Count Dracula’s amazing Elevator Experience 3000.
Unlike an ordinary elevator, the buttons do not take you to a different floor. Instead, they actually transform the elevator into something else. While inside, the Dustbusters become curious and start to press the buttons. Each time they do, the elevator turns into a disco, or an amusement park and so on. Making their journey much more exciting, and it gives them a taste of all the magic and adventure yet to come.
Every time I get into an elevator now, I think of the Elevator Experience 3000 and I smile. What button would I press if I were in an Elevator Experience 3000? Definitely Disco. Which button would you press?
A.J. York is a middle grade and children's writer. Author of Delilah Dusticle, Eliza Bluebell and A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story. A.J York has a Swedish and British background and currently lives in Gothenburg, Sweden.