August 15th, 2008

If you could write anything you wanted

My husband asked me a really interesting question the other day. He said, “What book or books would you write if you didn’t have to worry about them selling?”

My career has always seemed sort of accidental. I wrote a book that my agent said would sell well as a mystery. I hadn’t thought of it like that. It was just an interesting book. All of a sudden I was a “mystery writer” with a two-book deal, meaning I had to write another mystery. A few years later, I was fascinated by the idea of overseas bootcamps. The main character would have to be a teen, because of course adults don’t get sent to these book camps. So then I entered the world of YA writing.

When I first heard his question, I thought about writing the great American novel. But is that really what I want to do? I realized that I like writing thrillers (with mysteries a close second). And there’s a lot I like about writing YA.

The one book I said I would write if money was no object would be set in 1970. A 12-year-old girl who thinks she is an only child discovers she once had a sister. At first, she thinks her sister is dead – but then she figures out she is in Fairview (Oregon’s then home for the developmentally disabled). She finds her way to her sister and discovers she is actually deaf.

This story would probably be a risk for me because it’s nothing like anything I’ve written before. It wouldn’t fit with my “brand.” Still, it’s on my list to write.

What book would you write if you didn’t have to worry about it selling?



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Praise Jesus!

You guys must have been doing some heavy praying, good thinking, karmaing - whatever. I just broke down and called the mechanic about my husband's car.

They can find NOTHING wrong. They ran a bunch of tests: nothing. They've been letting it run at a fast idle for over two hours (and it's over 100 degrees here), and it'staying cool.

Thanks for all your good thoughts and prayers!



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