thegnomistRobyn Frampton appreciated magic from an early age. As a small child living in Colorado, she used to sneak across the street to sit in the center of a clump of trees. She’d look up and imagine what could be, what life would look like if she could live among them.

Later in life, while in her 30’s, she brought to life her childhood dreams. The whimsy of the Firefly Forest that she and her two sons created along a suburban wooded trail in Overland Park, Kansas captured the imagination of children and adults, drew strangers together in wonderment and comforted a family reeling from grief.

Frampton’s fairy houses and fanciful tree-hollow homes — and the effect they had — were chronicled in “The Gnomist,” the critically acclaimed short film that was acquired by CNN Films and featured a couple of years ago on “Great Big Story.”

Before you read further, if you haven’t already, please click this link and watch the video. Only then will the rest of this piece make sense:

I wish I could say that my book, The Gnomes in the Trees was inspired by this magical, rooted-in-fantasy, and more-than-poignant story. Sadly, it was not. It has, however, deeply moved me to write a sequel soon about the gnomes and young Allie and the joy and pleasure she derived from Robyn Frampton’s Firefly Forest.

If anyone who reads this and watches the short CNN film and is motivated, as I was, to donate to this wonderful charity in honor of Allie Fisher, please go to

Thank you,

C.L. Collyer