Lycoming College is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievement of Emma (EP) Klopp ’23, a Design and Technical Theater major with a minor in Entrepreneurship, for self-publishing her first children’s book titled, “An Orange Dog Named Blue.”
Slated for release on August 23, the book follows a young boy named Walter as he and his dog navigate their small town, Emerville. In the words of Klopp, “This heartfelt comedy is the adventure of a boy and a dog who are simultaneously guilty, innocent, hero and villain. “An Orange Dog Named Blue” is an invitation to stand up for what is right and to discover the truth, no matter the challenge.”
When Klopp’s father brought home an orange and white Breton puppy for the family, Klopp felt inspired to write, discover the characters and find the words one at a time during family practice sessions and puppy care nights. Walter and Blue’s story entered his mind with elements of their characters inspired by Klopp’s own life.
“With this story, I want children to know that they have the ability to change their communities and the lives of those around them,” Klopp said. “Learning to be a better person is a big part of our ability to change the world. If you fight fire with fire, the whole world will go up in flames. If you meet fire with cool water, you have a chance to extinguish it.
After Klopp wrote the manuscript, she reached out to members of the university community. Stephen St. Francis Decky, MFA, visiting assistant professor, offered constructive comments and developmental edits on the manuscript while Bailey (Spencer) Innerarity ’23, an English major with a minor in history, served as reviewer.
“‘An Orange Dog Named Blue’ is a highly evocative tale set in a bygone era that is nonetheless exuberant with a spirit and warmth of its own,” Decky said. “Wally’s ability to feel deeper meaning in the people and events around him puts the reader on the page with him, and the twists in the story are surprising even when the narrator’s insight told us all right. advance that he knows what’s to come. It’s a fun and compelling read from start to finish and a promising start to EP Klopp.
As a design and technical theater student, Klopp attributes her studies to her ability to analyze and understand her characters.
“We create for the characters to have an appropriate world to live in, and we have to understand that world and how each element – from props to sound – impacts our character choices. For me, the same technical elements were driving the actions of my characters. Things like sounds are accentuated, emotions are moved by props, and settings change the mood of the chapter or objective,” Klopp said.
With two more books set to follow in the series, audiences can look forward to different animals, adventures, and characters, with the next two revealed as Rose and Sage. Klopp shared that without his liberal arts education and the Lycoming community, the romance wouldn’t have come together the way it did.
After graduating, Klopp would like to pursue prop design at the Sight and Sound Theaters in Lancaster. She carries a number of stories with her and hopes to be traditionally published in the future.
Stay up to date with Klopp’s accomplishments by subscribing to his blog, Tall Tales from a Small Woman, online at Substack. Her first children’s book “An Orange Dog Named Blue” will be available on Amazon.com and the Barnes & Noble website.