There’s a semi-regular Facebook game that asks people to list ten books that have stayed with them in some way. The rules: Don’t think too much about it and don’t worry about being “un-literary.” Just list books that left a lasting impression.
[As a sidenote: You should never worry about being "un-literary"].
I decided to turn my list of ten books into a blog post instead of a Facebook post, because I have a booknerdy blog and it’s the perfect place to release such a list in all its glory.
Once upon a time I wrote a book about big dreams, the occasional suckiness of middle-school life, and learning how to be yourself by stepping into the great unknown. By some stroke of super-radness, HarperCollins decided they wanted to publish it. Being the wise publishing gods that they are, they figured it should have a cover, so they sent the book to Sylvie Le Floch, who has designed book covers for HC/Greenwillow for more than twenty years. Then: Voila! My book had a cover!
My writer friend Maria DeVivo tagged me in the Meet My Character Blog Tour. (Thanks, Maria!)
The Meet My Character Blog Tour gives writers a chance to highlight the main character of a recent work. For my post, I’d like to introduce you to the main character of my debut novel Blackbird Fly, which is scheduled for release in April 2015. (Thanks, HarperCollins/Greenwillow!)
Settle in as I make introductions using the tour’s prearranged questions.
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
I was born and raised in America. (Born in Kansas and raised in Louisiana, to be exact.) There weren’t many Filipinos in my school. I’ve never shared a classroom with one in my life, except maybe in college, where classes were too big to notice. But when I was a little girl, I noticed. Believe me. You always notice when you’re the Other.
One of my short stories is now available at the Milo Review. It’s about a woman you know named Margaret.
If we were to say a bit about Margaret, we would say this: (a) She prefers the smell of paper over cotton candy. (b) She would rather a peppermint than a candy apple. (c) She is unnerved by strange men.
Another thing we know: There are strange men at carnivals.
Read the entire story here. Order the print edition (Summer 2014) here. Send me hate mail and/or accolades here.