Many young readers may find themselves soon facing the walk into a new school where no friends await, as does my heroine Silla Penobscott. She’s moved from Manhattan to the country, and even though her summer was busy and fun – including both a new puppy AND a mystery to solve – now she is again unsure of the future. I hope my readers take to heart the fact that this is a lifelong experience. As you know from my previous post I’m catching a plane Wednesday to attend the PNWA Conference in Seattle, where my first children’s chapter mystery The Victorian with a Secret, is a Literary Contest finalist. I am flying across the country and I do not know one person there.
Like all new students heading off to school this is a path I have to walk by myself. Such new adventures can be scary. I know there will be other writers, so we do have something in common. Silla knows there will be other eight-year-old girls waiting at the school, some might even have puppies and pesky baby brothers. But how many will there be that will reach out to a Jewish-Mexican city girl? After all, when you’ve already got friends how many more do you need? I am hoping to not only find some friends in the writing business, but also persuade an agent to help bring this mystery series to life in a bookstore near you.
Silla, or should I say Agent P3, is a very practical and clever girl. Together we will explore this question, and a new mystery(!) in our next book. With the post I hope you know that we are all in this together. If you get back to school this fall and there is a new face in your classroom, I hope that you will take the chance to reach out and make that person feel welcome. This new adventure of mine is a good reminder of how scary these jumps off the dock can be, even for adults. I am hoping for lots of friendly faces, lots to learn and chances to laugh. Until next time, I wish you the same in your adventures – whatever they may be.