Castle in Cherryville inspires local writer

Sylvia Abolis Mennear to sign copies of her fiction fantasy novel.

Author Sylvia Abolis Mennear met with Canadian singer Michael Bublé at Word Vancouver in September

Sylvia Abolis Mennear’s imagination came to life after her husband built her a castle.

Mennear, originally from Vancouver, moved to Vernon with her husband and sons 24 years ago.

In 2010 they purchased property in Cherryville next to the Shuswap River, where her husband, Jim Mennear, built a replica of a 15th century Brazilian castle.

“Of course I fell in love with the house and it brought back many of my childhood fantasies and dreams again. This was the inspiration for my book,” said Mennear, self-published author of Enchanted Castle On the River.

Her young adult novel tells the tale of Matthew, a teenaged boy, who encounters a wizard in the woods and finds himself transported into medieval times and transformed into a prince.

Life as a prince turns out to be less of a fairytale and more of a nightmare.

His younger brother wants him gone, so that he can become king after their father dies, and all Matthew wants is to return to the 21st century.

Enchanted Castle On the River, “Matt’s Journey” is fiction fantasy for ages eight and up and was self-published in June 2015.

The book can be purchased on Amazon and Chapers Indigo online with more information on the Enchanted Castle On the River Facebook page.

Mennear will be signing books at Coles book store in the Village Green Centre Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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