My family has always had an advent wreath with red candles every December, and invariably we end up with candle ends. There's a back corner of a cabinet packed with a decade and a half of bright red candle stumps, and there's something magical about that to me. The Shadow Parade was written and illustrated between Christmas and New Year's, and was my way of celebrating making it out of 2016.

© 2019 Helena Schaeffer.