Today is the official publication date for my debut novel, Ash. I AM SO EXCITED!!!
As I've mentioned before, it took a long time to get Ash into the world. I thought it was a seven-year journey, but yesterday I dug out my journal from way back when and realized that it's been almost exactly eight years since I first conceived of Ash. So, in honor of Ash's official release, I'm actually going to share my [barely edited] journal entry with you.
Before I bare my soul to y'all, let me explain that I wrote this only four days after 9/11. I was living in California then, but I had previously lived in Manhattan for two years. My second apartment was in Battery Park City, and I walked through the World Trade Center every day on the way to and from work. So 9/11 made a significant impact on me.
And now, I give you, Malinda from 2001:
Sept. 15, 2001
I'm 27 now, and a long time ago I told myself I'd have a book published by the time I turned 30*. I don't know why I'm thinking about this now, but, well, probably because of the terrorist attacks on NYC. What am I waiting for? I have to start doing what I've always wanted to do. There's no more point in waiting.
I know I want to do a retelling of the Cinderella story. Tomorrow I'm going to the library to look stuff up on Cinderella. I'll make a schedule. I'll do research until January 2002. I'll write the book in 2002 and aim to get the manuscript out to publishers in Jan. 2003. Or sooner if I write faster.**
And of course the goal is to write something that I would want to read. I won't be limited by genre or age group. This is the story I've always wanted to tell. Wow, I feel a sudden sense of purpose. I want there to be magic of some sort, but I want her to achieve her dreams through her own hard work. I would love to have her disguised as a boy who gets in a fight with the prince and ends up beating him, but I don't know how I would fit that in.***
Well, anyway, lots to think about.
Today I will celebrate Ash's arrival by continuing to work on my next novel. This is mostly because it is due in FOUR DAYS but, you know, I think it's pretty fitting. I've always wanted to be a professional writer, and today, I'm going to be writing professionally.
Also, I'm going to drink some fancy champagne tonight.
* So, that didn't happen. That's OK. ** Hahahahahaha. Ha. *** Let the records show that I am psychic and foretold the tale of Katsa and Po in Graceling!