Hey, hey! I interrupt this broadcast to bring exciting news. Some of you may know that I write children’s and YA fiction in my spare time – when I’m not sewing or knitting or crocheting! One of the books, Between Heaven and Earth, is soon to be published.
I shared the writing pleasure on this four-book series with another lovely author, Helen Hart. Helen wrote the first two novels and I wrote the second two. So we published under the author name of ‘Maya Healy’. Collaborative publishing is more and more mainstream and a process that I really love. I think that’s why I must enjoy blogging so much. Collaboration is the way forward, people!
The novel’s published next month by Oxford University Press. Their children’s editorial team includes some of the most delightful people I’ve ever worked with. The Head of Publishing knits. Tells you all you need to know. And that floral dress I’m wearing in my blog banner? I made it to attend the commissioning editor’s wedding reception!
The series is about two kick-ass 13th-century Japanese girls. Their father is killed by a treacherous uncle, and it’s up to Kimi and Hana to find their mother and little brother who fled the blood bath. Along the way, they’ll learn how to fight for their lives and their honour.
The books were huge fun to write. This one features whispering silk kimonos, night time ninja attacks, wise monks, samurai warriors and two truly exceptional girls. What’s not to like? The books are aimed at the young teen audience and I think they send a fantastic message of empowerment to contemporary teenage girls, whilst giving them some cool historical detail. Yeah, I guess I would say that!
The writer’s life is most definitely a funny one. I’ve been working really hard, writing books in my weekends, for the past 3 to 4 years. For one publishing reason or another, there’s not been much to show on the back of it. Then, this year, I have several books hitting the shelves! Books are like buses…
It’s so nice to see hard work come to fruition, but I’ll shut up now. Thanks for indulging me! What about you? Is there a novel inside of you? Or have you ever collaborated on something?