Prompt: Author! Author! – Share with us the title and inside jacket cover of the book you’d most like to write.
Oy. All the good ones, I’m keeping. I’m far too paranoid a writer to give it ALL away.
But this one I’ll share:
Ordinary In Her Own World.
Intrigued? As far as the blurb goes, this would either be a sci fi/fantasy novel or straight-up young adult fiction. I used to think I knew which one it would be, but now I’m not so sure.
The appeal of sci-fi is the possibilities, the should-haves instead of the what-we-haves, and fantasy has the same draw. Sinking into a colorful yet comfortable sci-fi/fantasy book, brimming with situations, is manna from heaven for me. Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series is one such. Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle’s The Mote in God’s Eye is another. I see my title as giving me more than a glimmer of magic and possibilities.
The appeal of young adult fiction is I would always run out of books to read when growing up and would find myself searching for something, anything, to fill in gaps in my knowledge that experience had yet to cover. I’d like to fill in those gaps for others. My title smacks of finding acceptance in the years when acceptance is so hard to find–including from yourself, which can be hardest of all. On the flip side, who doesn’t want to feel just a little bit special?
In any case, I tend to judge my books by the first line and page. If that grips me, then I’ll read the rest. No dust jacket today!