The kid lit rock star behind 'Kingdom Keepers'

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Kid lit author Ridley Pearson spends a moment with a Disney villain.

He's the brains behind a very successful book series called "Kingdom Keepers." "I've been real lucky; I feel very privileged," Pearson said. "It's been such a thrill and a treat."

Each installation of the book series takes place in different Disney World parks, from the Magic Kingdom to Downtown Disney, and involves a group of heroic teens fighting the forces of evil.

"I appealed to [the Disney character] Maleficent, asking her to throw a spell on Bob Iger, so he'll let me go into his parks," Pearson said. "And sure enough, Disney lets me into their parks and now I get to go in at five in the morning and write about them."

The latest edition continues the storyline of Disney Imagineers who've transformed the teens into hologram-projection park guides. The technology has unexpected effects - when the kids go to bed, they're transported to Disney World after hours.

"They discover there's a world of activity going on behind the scenes in the parks when they are closed; I think we've all dreamed of that," Pearson said. "The Disney villains are battling the Disney good guys and the five teens find themselves in the mix."

Pearson is already at work on the next book which will take place on a Disney cruise ship. His genius comes with the assistance of his supporters.

"The readers are terrific. I go into the parks and do all this research when they are closed and then I get clever ideas from my readers, and we conspire to come up with crazy ideas," Pearson said.

Learn more about Pearson and the Kingdom Keepers by visiting 

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