Adventures in Raceland
Troubled by the lack of child-appropriate entertainment in today's culture, author and father A.J. Loft seeks to fill the void with new, wholesome entertainment.
A family-friendly story about growing up and chasing dreams, Adventures in Raceland tells the story of Keegan and Kyle McKay, teens growing up near the world famous Sunnyvale International Speedway.
When the boys find a secret passage in Hot Rod High, they are transported to Raceland, a magical world where the boys can engage in healthy competition racing.
Promoting social interaction, fair play and wholesome personal development, Adventures in Raceland includes a lesson for readers at the end of each chapter.
'In a culture that is increasingly pushing sex, drugs and violence into childrens entertainment, I saw that it was time for an alternative," says Loft. 'I created the Rodkingz brand to give children an appropriate way to play, learn and have fun."
Geared toward children ages six to fourteen, the book avoids inappropriate subject matter and focuses on clean, appropriate entertainment.
'I want Adventures in Raceland to offer children a fun, light-hearted escape," says Loft.
Seeing a lack of children's entertainment in today's culture, author A.J. Loft, a father of two, created the RodKingz brand as a wholesome alternative. Aside from Adventures in Raceland, Loft has also developed an interactive game based on family values. He currently lives with his wife and two boys in Canyon Lake, CA.
Adventures in Raceland
Author: A.J. Loft
Interview with A.J. Loft
Question: What originally inspired the idea of Adventures in Raceland?
A.J. Loft: I took my boys to the NASCAR race in Fontana 5 years ago and they were so jazzed up about racing that I created an imaginary place where they could race even though they're way too and have no idea how to drive yet.
Question: What do you hope to achieve with Adventures in Raceland?
A.J. Loft: It is the first of a planned 8 book journey that will draw from my two sons middle and high school years. My intention is to share with other kids life's lessons and teach them to make good choices, all in the context of a fun story.
Question: Are the characters based on anyone you know?
A.J. Loft: Yes, my two sons.
Question: How much of your inspiration comes from real life and real people?
A.J. Loft: Between my own experiences and those of my boys….most of it.
Question: What is the best thing about creating characters like Keegan and Kyle McKay?
A.J. Loft: They allow me to tell stories and subtly guide kids' behaviour.
Interview by Brooke Hunter