“My Mom’s a Killer,” a.k.a the title of my new book

My actual mother is not a killer. She has never killed anyone, and in fact, I’m certain even if she ever tried it wouldn’t work: she has back problems, you see.

Keira Mendez’s mom, on the other hand, is a totally different story. And what happens when she gets let out of jail and moves back home with her daughter, well…that’s a whole book. And you’ll have to read it if you want to know what happens ๐Ÿ˜‰

The inspiration came from this articleย that I read, compounded with the fact I took a Creative Writing for Young Readers class this semester and needed material for a workshop. It begins,

“My mom tried to kill me when I was a baby.”

We talked about great openings, and while you’ll never catch me saying that something I’ve done is “great,” at the very least it’s arresting and will, hopefully, get people to read even further to see where the story is going to go.

Frankly, I’m excited to see how the story ends. I’ve worked on several different outcomes, and as much as I’ve plotted, I’ve reached the conclusion that I’m just going to have to write until the story unfolds itself. There are two potential endings and one of them is very me and the other is very…Carrie…

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Creepy, I know.

So I’m still trying to decide whether I’m going to dip my toes into the lake of crazy or stay in my own, safe, happy little world ๐Ÿ˜› (If you’ve never read a book I’ve written, which of course all except for like three of you haven’t, that’s a joke. For…reasons).

Whichever way it goes, though, I’m sure the writing will be a blast and I can’t wait to keep going on it. The plan is to finish writing it over the summer (when I’m not writing articles and doing other things for the paper) and then for the fun part: revise!

In the meantime, I’m still trying to get an agent for “Red Rain Boots,” the first novel I completed. It hasn’t been going too successfully, but you know what? I’m just gonna keep trying. Because someday I want you to read my books. It’ll be fun, you know? Like seeing a glimpse into my soul. So exciting ๐Ÿ˜‰

In other random news, I graduate one week from today. It’s time to put the books and the blog aside and buckle down for three days of finals. Hurrah!

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