I’ve been revising my second novel, which doesn’t have a final title right now. It’s a fantasy for teens about a princess with a strong connection to water magic who’s considered tainted in her own land. She meets king from a land by the Sea who offers to help her run away, and she goes with him in hopes of finding a place she belongs.
When this story is with my editor, I’ve been working on one about a girl trying to make her way out of poverty. This is another fantasy for teens, but has a more contemporary feel.
ALIA WAKING was named a Notable Book by the International Reading Association. Teens chose it as a nominee for the 2003 Teens’ Top Ten. It’s also currently on Vermont’s children’s choice book award list, The Dorothy Canfield Fisher List. The best of all has been hearing from kids who’ve loved ALIA.
I can’t think of any funny moments. Maybe I’m not a funny enough person!
My second novel has taken far longer to write and revise than I had hoped. I thought writing it would be easier than writing ALIA WAKING. Apparently, what I learned from writing a first novel was how to write that first one. Now I’ve been learning to write this second one.
I work on one project at a time. However, I try to write every day so when something is with my editor, I start or return to another project.
I help everyone off to school, or get up early on weekends, or put my kids to bed on evenings after I’ve worked at my school library. I make tea. I check e-mail, then web sites that I’m addicted to. I remind myself that floating around on-line is not actually work. I unplug the cord that runs between my computer and the phone jack, and start writing.
Jane Yolen’s famous BIC advice — Butt In Chair — is always important to keep in mind. Also, my editor once told me, while I was having some difficulties with an element of this second story, to trust my instincts. I respect her opinion a great deal, so this meant a lot to me.
ALIA WAKING was released in 2003.
My next book doesn’t have a concrete release date yet.
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