If you follow me on social media you likely know that I recently completed the draft of a middle grade novel. YES, I FINISHED SOMETHING. I’m over the moon happy about it. And I really love the book.
I did not intend to write a middle grade novel or any novel other than the Egypt one I’ve been working on. This all happened because of The Picture Game. I was with Alethea Kontis and we decided to gear up for writing by doing a 10 minute picture game. I had the perfect image, one I’d recently come across on Facebook. I showed it to Alethea, I set the timer, and the stuff below just came pouring out of me. I thought I was maybe writing a short story, but after I read it to her, Alethea said: “You know that’s the first chapter of a middle grade novel, right?”
This is the curse of having writer friends. they’re always telling you that things are novels.
After much noodling over the idea I created a rough outline, then told the whole story to a roomful of people at WisCon. They all loved it and told me I had to write it.
So, I did.
I’ve been posting chapters of the first draft on Patreon — one per week. Chapter 10 just went live and there are 16 chapters total plus an epilogue. You can join my Patreon if you want to read all the chapters. One week after I post the epilogue I’m taking all the chapters down. So if you want a sneak peek of this book just know there’s a time limit.
To tempt you further, here’s the first part of the first chapter: