You think you know the story of the ark? Think again.

You already know about Noah.

Just wait until you read the animal’s story.

“I found the pages flying by…”

“a breath of fresh air…”

“not just for children…”


Four and a half stars on Amazon!

Thimblerig is a little groundhog with big problems.

He’s a loner con-artist who’s losing his mojo; the wild dogs who run the forest harass him at every turn; he’s having vivid nightmares of apocalyptic floods; and worst of all, he believes he sees unicorns when everyone knows unicorns are only the stuff of legend.

But what one animal might call a problem, Thimblerig calls an opportunity.Thimblerig's Arc_3 (1) copy

In a moment of inspiration, he comes up with the ultimate con: persuade as many suckers as he can that a world-ending flood is coming; the fabled unicorns have told him where the only safe place will be; and only he can lead them to safety.

All for a reasonable price, of course.

When the flood really does come, Thimblerig has a choice: either save the ones who trusted him, or lose everything.

And that’s when he discovers that his problems have only just begun.

Author Nate Fleming at a book signing at the Bookworm, Chengdu, China - summer 2014

Children’s book author Nate Fleming at a book signing at the Bookworm, Chengdu, China – summer 2014

Author Nate Fleming at a a book signing at the Binding Time Cafe in Virginia, summer 2014

Children’s book author Nate Fleming at a a book signing at the Binding Time Cafe in Virginia, summer 2014


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Thimblerig’s Ark Flood Sale!

One of the cool things about publishing your own books on Amazon is that you are able to set your own deals from time to time.  In this case, I’ve decided to offer Thimblerig’s Ark for only 99¢ for a limited amount of time.  In a couple of days, the price will go up to $1.99, and then a couple of days later it will go up to $2.99, before finally returning to the normal price of $3.99 a couple of days later.  So skip over there post haste and get a wonderful novel for the same price as a 99 cent cup of coffee!  Or a 99¢ movie rental!  Or a 99¢ pair of sport socks!  Or a 99¢…

Well, you get the idea.

And remember, you don’t need to own a Kindle to read this book!   You can also download a free Kindle app for any device here, and then you can read Thimblerig’s Ark on your Ipad, or your Android, or your Atari 2600!

What are you waiting for?   Run over there now and download Thimblerig’s Ark for only 99¢!

Oh.  I didn’t realize that you had another tab open.  Sorry.  My bad.  Go on about your business.

That is, if your business includes downloading Thimblerig’s Ark for 99¢!

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Thimblerig’s Ark Book Signing Success

I enjoyed my third book signing of the summer, and was pleased by how many folks stopped in to get a copy of Thimblerig’s Ark here in the burg of Martinsville.  The Binding Time Cafe was a great place to have the event, and I appreciated their hospitality and open doors!

Signed copies of Thimblerig’s Ark are still available before I head back to China in three weeks, and I’d be happy to mail them to folks at the price I was selling at the signing – $10 plus S&H.  If you are interested, please drop me an email and we can discuss details.

Thimblerig’s ART

I’ve created a new page on the Thimblerig’s Ark website for readers to create and post original artwork inspired by my novel, Thimblerig’s Ark.  I’m proud to post the first three drawings here, and will add more as they are sent to me.

In the interest of full disclosure, the first one – with the big unicorn – was drawn by my precious 11 year old daughter.

But I’m happy to post all pictures I receive!  If you would like to have a picture posted on my website gallery, please scan it and send it to

An Open Letter to Readers of Thimblerig’s Ark

Dear Reader,

First of all, thank you so much for reading Thimblerig’s Ark!  I hope that you enjoyed it.

Thimblerig's Arc_3 (1)I had so much fun creating the character of Thimblerig, and making him truly despicable so that we could be surprised when we wind up rooting for him.  Apparently others liked him, too, because many readers have written me asking what happens to him next! Well, if you are one of those readers, don’t go far, because Thimblerig’s saga isn’t over yet.  He and the other members of the company will be back for Thimblerig’s Ark, Book Two.

I really have appreciated the feedback I’ve received, at Amazon, on Goodreads, at my blog, and through private messages.  And one of the things that I’ve discovered in this process is that I really do enjoy feedback!  As I have just started diving into the second book, I would really enjoy hearing what you liked, what you loved, even what you hated.  In short, I’d love to hear from you!  You can reach me at or the website,

Finally, I need to make a request.  I’d love to have you review Thimblerig’s Ark.  Was there something that you found meaningful?  Did you love it?  Did you hate it?  Some people are thrown off by the idea of writing a review, but this extremely low pressure.  It can be a couple of sentences, or a few paragraphs.  Either way, I would really appreciate your feedback.

It’s really difficult to get reviews, because folks are all busy and it takes enough time to read a book, let alone the time it takes to craft a comment.  But the truth of the matter is that you – the reader – have the power these days to make or break a book.  And I would love your help!

You can write your review on Thimblerig’s Ark Amazon page here:

And/or at Goodreads here:

I really am grateful that you read Thimblerig’s Ark, and hope you’ll be around for the second part in a few months!

And if you haven’t read Thimblerig’s Ark yet, what are you waiting for?  A flood?


Nate Fleming








And special thanks to for the idea.


The Writing Process Blog Tour

Mark Lingane from, an old friend from Kazakhstan and author of several books including The Tesla series, Beyond Belief, Chasing Heart and Desert Heart invited me to be a part of a Writing Process Blog Tour, and I am excited to take part in this – my first blog tour.  As a part of this experience, I was asked to answer four questions that might help bring insight to my writing process.  So, hold on tight!   Here we go:

1.  What am I working on?

FINALI’ve got two books in the works right now.  The first book is the second book in my Thimblerig series, which tells of the further adventures of Thimblerig the groundhog and his friends.  I can’t really say much more about that, because I  don’t want to spoil the end of Thimblerig’s Ark.  I’m also just in the planning stages of a family adventure novel that follows an expatriate family in the Southeast Asia as they stumble on a trail of clues that may lead to fabulous treasure, but could also lead to certain doom.  This is a book that I also plan to turn into a series.

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I am a writer from a Christian background who loves writing for kids and who is trying to avoid writing so-called “Christian” books.  While writing Thimblerig’s Ark, I had a little set of rules that I kept on a post-it note in front of me all the time to help keep me from falling into the “Christian writing” trap.

So, if my genre is kid-oriented and remotely “faith-based”, then I hope that I bust that genre wide open by being a good storyteller who happens to prioritize faith in my life, rather than a person trying to use writing as a way of proselytizing.  Hey!  Proselytizing!  That could have been my fifth P!

3.  Why do I write what I do?

It might be because I have three kids of my own, or it might be because my day job is teaching upper elementary in an international school, or it could be because I’m a ten year old boy trapped in a mid-40’s body.  Whichever one (or all) of those which might be true, the books on my list of favorites are almost all books written for the 10 to 14 year old crowd.   Therefore, I write what I love.

And my ambition for what I write is not small, because I want to write the books that adults will look back on in twenty years as being Important Books For Their Childhood.  By this I mean that I want people to remember my books the way I remember Narnia, or Edgar Rice Burroughs, or Lloyd Alexander.

Why bother dreaming if you aren’t going to dream big?

4.  How does my writing process work?

Photo on 5-4-14 at 11.24 PMHa!  Considering that I am a father of three, a husband of one, a full-time teacher living in China, a drama/theater director, and I need to eat and sleep – writing comes when it comes, and how it comes.   I always carry around a little notebook, so that when inspiration hits,  I can drop everything and scribble it down.  Hopefully it doesn’t happen while I’m holding the baby, but inspiration could hit while I’m riding on the bus, during my lunch break at school, even during church.  Actually, some of my best ideas have come during church.

Writing typically happens at ten minute increments – when I have the time – or like right now – late at night when everyone has gone to bed and the house is quiet.   It might be that my wife generously gives me permission to take Saturday morning and go sit in a coffee shop by myself, or I could find myself sitting in my classroom after school pounding away.  It rarely happens at home, as I have a very difficult time writing at home.  This is probably because I don’t have a dedicated writing spot at home away from the hustle and bustle of the family.  My dream home includes a wood-paneled room, lined with bookshelves filled with books, and with a view of the sea, where I can close myself off from the rest of the world to sit and write.

inception_soundtrackAnd I write to music.  This is a non-negotiable aspect to my process.  Specifically, I write to movie soundtracks.  When I was working on Thimblerig’s Ark, I had a Spotify playlist that included Hans Zimmer and Thomas Newman, with Man of Steel, Inception, and Cinderella Man being favorites on my rotation.  I’ve been told the book has a real cinematic feel to it, and if that is true then I’m certain that the mood produced by the music on that soundtrack playlist helped me to produce something that turned out to be filmic.

So, that’s me.  Next up, I’ve tagged China-based South African fantasy writer Jaco van Wyk to share his process – that will be up on May 12.  I will put up a bit more about Jaco in the days to come, including the link to his blog.



Jaco van Wyk