Rachael Carter, like many children, looked forward to nightly bedtime stories.
But after she and her father read Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events, they found themselves without a book to read one night.
Thats when John Carter, a Macon lawyer, started telling the story of Eli, a young time traveler.
Four years later, Carter is sharing Elis story with the world in Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: Its About Time, available in paperback and e-book.
For more than a year, Carter dreamed up exploits for Eli, new places for him to go in time and the challenges hed face as he added on to the story for Rachel at bedtime.
I never really thought of where it was going, he said.
Carter had no aspirations of writing a book until his wife suggested one night that he start writing down the stories hed been telling Rachael.
Rachels now 14, but Carter is continuing to write as a creative escape from the rules and deadlines that come with his job as a criminal defense lawyer.
With law, youre on such a strict schedule with everything, he said.
In telling Elis story, Carter has the freedom to write when he wants.
Most times, he grabs a legal pad to scribble down parts of the story when they come to mind. On other occasions, he sits at a computer.
The saga starts with Eli on summer vacation, thinking hes a typical kid. He doesnt know that hes been chosen to save the world by continuing a centuries-old battle. That, of course, puts Eli in plenty of dangerous situations -- fun for the author and a great draw for readers.
Carter said the series of books is geared toward middle-schoolers, but theyre also an entertaining read for adults.
Although he self-published Its About Time and its sequel, The Myth of Mythology, he hopes to get a deal with a publisher for broader distribution.
For now, the books are available on Amazon.com and through e-mail at JohnCarter2nd@bellsouth.net. E-book versions of Its About Time and The Myth of Mythology cost $2.99. The first book is available in paperback for $8.99.
Carter said he has already started work on a third installment to the series.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.