The Great Kansas Word War is an expanded version of a short story that he won his first award with a couple of years ago and is a heartwarming glimpse into a day in the life of a particularly difficult and charming grandfather.
I had a lot of fun watching this story grow. Ian has a fascinating way of bringing a lot of little elements in our lives together to tell a completely new story. This isnt based on actual events, but there elements of the familiar sprinkled throughout. The grandma is named Bethel just like my own grandma (who was one of Ian's biggest fans), and Grandpa is similar in many ways to Ian's own Scottish grandpa- just transplanted into a Kansas farmer.
He originally thought to find just a generic photo of a barn to use as the front cover, but he does like to paint (pure Bob Ross style, but bless his heart he loves it;)and decided to do just that for a cover. I love the way it turned out, very old fashioned looking, reminds me of book covers from the 40's and 50's and really sets the tone for the story.
Its a very quick and easy read, designed to be read in an hour or so and only $1.97 to download on Amazon.com. You dont have to have a Kindle to read it either- Amazon offers lots of different FREE Kindle Reading Apps here ;)