It’s called WOODEN BONES, and though I sold it to the same imprint as my first book (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers), it’s a very different kind of story. This one’s a fantasy aimed at middle grade readers, and the tag line is, “Becoming a Real Boy Was Just the Beginning . . .”
If you guessed that it’s the untold story of Pinocchio, with a dark twist, then you’re on the right track. The twist is that Pino, as he’s come to be known after he became a real boy, has discovered that he has the power to bring puppets to life himself — and what happens to him because of this newfound ability. Since the original story by Carlo Collodi is in the public domain, this gave me creative license to take that story and imagine what might have come later — giving myself free rein to go where the story took me and not be constrained by the original tale. Rather than an homage to the original story, think of this as taking something firmly rooted in the public consciousness and giving it a twist. It was a blast to write, a story full of adventure and heartbreak, so I’m hoping that comes across for the reader.
As to when it’ll be available, that’s yet to be determined, but hopefully it won’t be two and half years like my first book. I created a little logo because I plan to do something fun with this book: I’m going to do a little more “behind the scenes” posts as this book winds its way toward publication. A lot of people don’t know all that goes into a book that sells to a major publisher — from coming up with the idea to seeing it in a bookstore — so I thought I’d use this book as a means to shed some light on the process. Stay tuned.