Thursday, September 30, 2010

Novel on its way - finally!

After way too long (and way too much heartache), my next novel looks as is it will finally see the light of day early next year. I had thought this novel writing gig would get easier, but I'm afraid the reverse might be true. This novel began as upper YA, then shifted down to mid-YA and now it is quite firmly planted in children's (8- 12 year olds), which I am beginning to think might be my preferred audience anyway. I have tested it out on friends, children, friend's children, and children's friends and now it is in the safe and most competent hands of my wonderful editor at Text who is massaging it into shape for me. Buffing it, polishing it into the diamond we hope it can be. Here is a draft of the blurb I received today. Along with a gorgeous cover sketch the designer sent through to me, I am beginning to imagine this thing finally becoming a book after all.
"In her new falling-down home, in her new street, in her new suburb, Jelly waits for high school to begin. She feels happy in only two places: up in the branches of the old apricot tree, and by the creek over her back fence. One night, Jelly and her cousins spot something in the creek's dark waters—the faintest pearly smudge. At first they think it’s a bird, but it isn’t…it’s a baby angel with a broken wing. And they decide to keep it. But soon things start to go wrong, and Jelly discovers that you can’t just take something from where it belongs and expect that it won’t be missed…
Sally Rippin's Angel Creek is a book about growing up: being brave and selfish and tough and scared. It's a book about an angel. But not the sweet variety. And it's about the adventures you can have in the streets around your house in the middle of summer."


  1. looks fantastic - can't wait to read it:)

  2. Thanks Megan - you are very sweet. Good luck for NaNoWriMo!