This week I’m announcing the big news that I’ve been offered a contract by my wonderful publisher, Scholastic, for a second book. Hooray! This book will be a companion book to THE BOY PROJECT: NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS OF KARA MCALLISTER. So I thought I’d talk a little today about the process so far. My editor, the fabulous Aimee Friedman, and I gave book two a lot of thought. We ultimately decided that Kara’s story has already been told, so I will focus on her best friend, Tabbi Reddy for this book. But readers like Kara, so she will be around a lot in this book too! I’m happy about this decision, since I also like Kara, and her voice came naturally to me.
Readers of the first book will remember that Tabbi has already had a boyfriend, so her journey will be different from Kara’s. Still, she hasn’t found the right boy, so this will be her focus. Like THE BOY PROJECT, this book will have plenty of humor. I’ve already gathered a lot of humorous situations (some courtesy of my 7th grade daughter, and some courtesy of my active imagination) to include. But when researching a book, you can never have too much information. So if anyone reading this thinks of a perfect middle school scenario that just needs to be included in a book, let me know! There will be graphics in this book too… which means I get to doodle, which is always fun. The working title for book two is THE BOY PROJECT TOO: NOTE AND OBSERVATIONS OF TABBI REDDY.
I’ll be sure to update everyone now and then on the process! Writing a novel under a deadline will be a new experience for me. I’m setting daily goals as we head into the holidays and hoping to keep them.
If you haven’t read the THE BOY PROJECT, or if you just want a copy to give to a teen or tween during this gift-giving month, check out Nerdy Chick Jocelyn Rish‘s blog. Not only did she do a post about THE BOY PROJECT which includes an embarrassing moment from my middle school years, she is running a contest to give away a signed copy! All you have to do is leave a comment HERE to enter.