My friends, I think it is time I officially said something.
That something is that my novel, Into the Flames, is scheduled to be published.
Consortium Books has graciously allowed me to line up in the queue, and my release date is set for mid-March 2012.
Now I have much work to do before then, and I am going to need your help. This help should mostly come in you nagging me, saying, “Jessie, are you watching TV when really you should be finishing up that chapter?” and “Oh, Jessie, let me read through this chapter for your and tell you how terrible it is!”
Here’s where I am in the process right now: I’m halfway through the second draft of the book. Yes, that is all. But the release date is the deadline that I need looming over me to make this come to fruition. Working with the door closed is not enough. I have to know that others are going to be reading it soon, and it has to look presentable.
In case you don’t know, Into the Flames is a Young Adult novel about a girl named Rahab Sapphira Carmichael. She has recently transferred from public school to a private boarding school and is looking for new friends. Rahab is a lot like me in that she is anti-social, which makes it hard to make friends, and she knows a lot of random facts that sometimes just come spewing out of her mouth without warning, which also makes it hard to make friends. She is not like me in that she loves to swim and she used to have a pet iguana. Developments of the plot include a chatterbox name Scout, an almost-mute named Hawkins, an obnoxious boy named Bracken, and a lot of people who think that ping-pong is the most important sport in the world. (Random fact: ping-pong has been an Olympic sport since 1988.) I would tell you more, but just in case I haven’t told you all about it already or you haven’t read the first draft, I want it to remain shrouded in mystery. Everything is more intriguing that way, isn’t it?