Molly first saw our fairies years ago in England in watercolor illustrations "Flower Fairies" by artist Cicely Mary Barker. She found them online in exactly the scale for Thistle Downe. A little bit of magic.
The story is illustrated by the two authors. Gary did the drawings and Molly watercolored them . They are charming and whimsical, and they capture the essence of the story.
Gary Whitney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Med from The University of Colorado. He had a change of heart about his life goals and enrolled at Pratt Institute in New York City, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and a Master's Degree in Interior Architecture. He has enjoyed a successful career in Design, mainly in the Hospitality field.
Molly Boren Whitney grew up in Alabama. She graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University. She also attended the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas, where she and Gary currently reside.
Hello! Welcome to our website. Although Thistle Downe, the book, is fiction, it is also a very real house, perfectly sized for fairies and trolls, built by Gary Whitney and lovingly expanded and renovated by both of us. As the home evolved, we began creating and illustrating a story about it. The hero is Tyson, a young and unusual troll. His mother dies early and he is left with a disillusioned father who is unable to love him. Feeling alone, unloved and uneducated, he sets out to improve his life. He meets the Higbees, who give him a job, he makes up his mind to get an education, and he falls in love with a beautiful fairy whose father completely disapproves of him. Can he win her?
In the book, trolls, fairies and humans interact with ease. There is adventure, conflict, determination, a time-machine carriage, and a celebration of the spirit of this irresistible red-haired troll as he strives to overcome ignorance, poverty and prejudice and make a place for himself in the world. Along the way, as he confronts obstacle after obstacle, he takes refuge in thoughts of building his own home, which he calls Thistle Downe. Thistle Downe, the house, compelled us to write the book, and as the book developed, it in turn affected the house. For instance, when the silver carriage appeared in the book, we felt obliged to build a carriage house to accommodate it. Thus our lives became completely intertwined with the fiction of the story and the reality of the little house.