So a week plus ago, Ann Dee and I sent in the book we wrote together to our agents. The rewrite. It’s ready for submission. Woot woot!
Before we started our project, way back when, we decided we would write something we had never done before.
We would take some risks.
We had three pages (maybe) of a dark dystopian with elements from history. (That we still need to write. And we will. I think.)
Then Ann Dee sent me a new beginning and we wrote a middle grade novel exactly like the things we would both write on our own.
I love it.
It’s hilarious. And sad. And delicious. There’s lots of talk of food.
(Ann Dee is one of the best writers in America. Yes, I believe that. How did I luck out getting to write with her?)
GingerBelle Co. That’s the title. For now.
For me, it seems perfect for a sequel.
And a sequel to this kind of book is exactly the kind of thing Ann Dee and I write.
We’ve spent plenty of time giggling about how we were going to write something different and how we did exactly what’s comfortable to both us.
As we got closer to the end of the novel, I started bugging the lady with the five babies under the age of four, about our next book.
We sent each other ideas.
Wondered out loud.
Went for a treat and talked.
“It has to be different than what we’d normally write,” Ann Dee kept saying.
And I kept saying, to every idea, “No. We write that already. We write that already.”
Why should it be different?
My dear friend, a writer I love and admire, Matthew J. Kirby, told me that I should write the book I’m afraid of. Matt knows I’m terrified to even think a thought that may include a fantasy element.
Fantasy? I can’t even think a fantastical thought. (And when I shared my one fantasy idea with Ann Dee she said, “My heart’s just not in that.” She wanted to laugh. I could tell.)
Fantasy is different for me.
I’ve done it a few times. Written what I was afraid of: THE CHOSEN ONE. GLIMPSE. THE HAVEN. Those topics all terrified me.
What happened when I let myself explore these scary ideas?
I ended up writing books in new ways. At least new ways for me.
That meant anguish. Fear. Tears. And some joy. Joy because I succeeded.
After going back and forth for about a month, throwing ideas at each other and keeping Matt’s suggestion to be afraid of the next thing we write, Ann Dee and I may have found it.
Our new project.
It’s absolutely terrifying.
Historical. A terrible time in history.
A different culture.
I’ve been thinking of this idea less than 24 hours and I am afraid of it. Really afraid of it.
But if we add a dose of what we love, things Ann Dee and I are comfortable with, we may be able to pull this off. Things like family. Love. Sisters. Humor. Sorrow.
So what absolutely frightens you?
I really want to know.