You guys! It happened again! My Big Idea of becoming a published Kid Lit author has grown serious wings and my library of soon-to-be-published REAL LIVE BOOKS just jumped from FOUR to EIGHT. (EIGHT REAL LIVE BOOKS!) Again, I’m yelling. Let me fill you in …
After submitting my final Game Face manuscript earlier this year, I returned to the other series I’ve been working on, Science Chefs, about a young group of creative kitchen chemists inspired by my very own food scientist sister. (Side Note: The manuscript is coming along nicely, and my rock star agent Clelia plans to pitch it in the fall!)
They say, “when it rains, it pours,” and boy is that true! As I was knee deep in drafts, Clelia got another call from ABDO, the educational publishers behind Game Face. This time, they were seeking ideas for a spook-tacular series of ghost stories for young readers. Was I interested? Ghoul, please! (Get it?)
I quickly set to work creating characters, pondering plots and structuring stories. After emerging from my drafting den, I was pretty pleased with the result, and guess what? ABDO was, too! They offered me my second book deal in a year and I happily signed, eager to work with the creative team that beautifully brought my Game Face girls to life.
Without further ado, allow me to introduce my next Kid Lit series: Odd Jobs. These terrifically terrifying tales tell the story of Ella, a recently orphaned girl sent to live with her old Aunt Raven in the creepy town of Windy Hollow. Not much for family affection, Aunt Raven sends Ella off each day on random odd jobs throughout town. Stock a shelf here, fold some laundry there – the tasks are trivial and boring … until they’re not. With ghoulish guests and paranormal plots, Ella’s jobs quickly transform from odd to oooddddd. (I couldn’t resist. Word Nerd.)
So now, I’ll be picking up my pen and getting back to work, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. As always, much thanks to my family and friends who continue to support my dream and claim they actually enjoy my brainstorming babbles.
Odd Jobs hits the shelves in Winter 2018. Check back for updates and sneak peeks!