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11 September 2011 @ 10:21 pm
TOTW: WIP It!  
Punk band Devo's 1980 album, Freedom of Choice, included the Top 40 song, "Whip It." (Watch the video at your own risk if you're feeling nostalgic!) Of course, if you hang around with authors at all, you soon learn the handy acronym, WIP, or Work in Progress. Unless a writer is depressed, blocked, or taking a short break, he or she will have one or more projects going. So we thought we'd ask our Inkies: What are you working on right now? Here's what they had to say, along with a note about their most recent published or about-to-come-out books.
 
FROM HILARI BELL: This isn't my official pitch yet, but the core of The Fixer is: Assassins trying to sabotage a peace conference frame a gypsy girl's grandmother for the murders, so she has to catch them and save the conference or her grandmother will hang.
 
Hilari's book The Goblin War will be out in October.
 
FROM ELLEN BOORAEM: I’m in two places as I write this (at the tail end of August). My editor is reading the first draft of Conor's Banshee, which is about a banshee arriving in the bedroom of a South Boston Irish kid to say that an unknown someone in his family is about to die and she’ll just sit here and wait for it, thanks. (A banshee is an Irish ancestral spirit who wails when a family member is dying.) Meanwhile, I’m in the research-and-plotting stage of a new book tentatively called The Strongbox, which features an illiterate girl in the seventeenth century, an illiterate boy in the twenty-second century, and the storage box common to both.
 
Ellen's most recent book is Small Persons with Wings.
 
FROM KATE COOMBS: I'm rewriting a manuscript called Cheating the Dog, about an inner-city Latino boy who is trying to get the gods of Los Angeles to heal his brother's cancer. Hollywood divas, street racing, body builders, and more in this quest novel. And I just finished a picture book biography.
 
Kate has a picture book retelling of a Grimms' fairy tale, Hans My Hedgehog, due out in January.
 
FROM LEAH CYPESS: I recently sent the first draft of my new WIP to my critique partners, and have been on a short story writing spree ever since. So I'm all over the place; I’ve been writing fairy-tale retellings (Rumpelstiltskin & The Twelve Princesses), a post-apocalyptic adventure tale, and a hopefully humorous story about a ghost who isn’t keen on the whole vengeance idea.
 
As for the WIP... I'm not talking about it too much, so all I'll say for now is that I'm calling it "the assassins book."
 
Leah's latest book is Nightspell.
 
FROM CARMEN FERREIRO: The Revenge of the Wolf King—Princess Ines's love for her whipping boy is put to the test when the king accuses him of the queen's murder and sentences him to death.
 
Carmen's most recent book is Two Moon Princess.
 
FROM LENA GOLDFINCH: Here's my WIP blurb—"He stole a single drop of blood from her every morning."
 
Songstone is a young adult fantasy, involving one girl desperate for freedom, one boy willing to risk everything, one journey involving much adventure, an evil sorcerer, the mysterious and otherworldy Huwi, and the mystical power of story.
 
As a baby, Kita was found abandoned in the deep forest, so her village has always believed she was touched by the Huwi, a forest tribe feared for their otherworldly powers. Not fully a villager, not fully Huwi, Kita knows much of rejection and hardship. She longs for freedom from her evil master, a sorcerer who practices magic using drops of her blood. When a young journeyman arrives from a distant village, Kita sees in him a chance for freedom.
 
Check out Lena's adult/YA fantasy novella, The Language of Souls, on Amazon Kindle.
 
FROM NANCY HOLDER: I'm working on my third epic urban dark young adult fantasy novel, Vanquished, for Simon and Schuster. After it's done, I'll celebrate by taking my daughter to Disneyland and we'll ride the Haunted Mansion at least twice.
 
Damned, the first book in Nancy's new Crusade series with coauthor Debbie Viguié, just came out in August.
 
FROM GRACE LIN: A companion book to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2010 Newbery Honor), The Starry River of the Sky (title still TBD) is also interwoven with Chinese mythology and folktales, this time following an angry chore boy with an unknown past who believes only he has noticed that the moon is missing.
 
That is my shiny version. In real life this book has been a brain drain: http://outergrace.blogspot.com/2011/08/ambition-and-my-new-six.html
 
Grace's award-winning book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, just came out in paperback.
 
FROM LAURA WILLIAMS MCCAFFREY: I'm working on a revision of my third novel, a dystopic fantasy. The title's likely going to change, but here's the pitch—When peace officers catch Lyla Northstrom and mark her for breaking Safety Laws, she loses her chance at earning a patron and acceptance at university - until she strikes a deal to betray an old friend.
 
I'm also working on a short story called "Mama's Dragon": A girl, who has always lived in a cave with her mother to stay safe from Dragons, ventures from the cave's darkness into the moonlight and discovers the world outside isn't quite what she expected.
 
Laura's most recent book is The Water Shaper.
 
FROM GRETCHEN MCNEIL: Here's my blurb on Ten. I'm just finishing up revisions before it goes to copyedits next month. It's scheduled for Fall 2012 with Balzer + Bray!
 
Ten teens. Three days. One killer.
 
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—three days on Henry Island at an exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons for wanting to be there, both of which involve Kamiak High’s most eligible bachelor, T.J. Fletcher. But what starts out as a fun-filled weekend turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
 
Suddenly, people are dying and the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?
 
Gretchen's first YA paranormal novel, Possess, just came out!
 
FROM DAWN METCALF: Joy doesn’t know who “Ink” is, but she suspects it might be the guy who tried to stab her in the eye. Ever since that night at the dance, Joy keeps finding cryptic notes, messages, and threats for Ink. Trying to disentangle herself from this bizarre case of mistaken identity, Joy discovers the truth about the mysterious Indelible Ink and other members of the Twixt, unexpectedly pitting them both against a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, and a scheme to end the Age of Man.
 
Dawn's latest book is Luminous.
 
FROM MARISSA MEYER: Scarlet is the second book in The Lunar Chronicles quartet and a futuristic re-envisioning of Red Riding Hood. The dueling plotlines continue Cinder's search for truth in the aftermath of Book One, and also introduce us to Scarlet, a risk-seeking country girl joins forces with a street fighter in order to rescue her kidnapped grandmother.
 
Great idea for a post, I'm looking forward to it!
 
Watch for Marissa's futuristic Cinderella book, Cinder, in January.
 
FROM ANNE NESBET: I'm happy to say I just finished the rough draft of A Box of Gargoyles, which is the sequel to The Cabinet of Earths. Here's the teeny-tiny version of the pitch—Sometimes it’s just when you think everything’s finally all right with the world that the gargoyles come looking for you . . . . A shadow is tracking Maya through the eccentric streets of Paris, and if she and her friend Valko don’t figure out soon what to do about the gargoyles nesting on the fire escape outside her window, the world she knows may never be the same.
 
Anne's first book, The Cabinet of Earths, will be out in January.
 
FROM KEELY PARRACK: An MG—Quentin's Faerie Encounters, poems and notes from Quentin's overflowing case file; a picture book—Dawn to Dusk in the Dreaming Garden; and a YA, Black Out—sci-fi meets fantasy as Lottie's parent's make a pizza run and disappear, leaving Lottie alone with her beyond crazy little bro the night before the snow storm, the one that would wipe out all communications between Tahoe and the rest of the world. Faced with looters, religious zealots and the skewed policies of FEMA, who should she trust? Manga boy, skater dude or the Donnor ghost? None of them tells the whole truth, but one will lead to death and the other to survival.

So much to look forward to, right? Whether you're an Inkie (and we missed you) or not, if you'd like to describe your own WIP in a few sentences in the comments, go ahead and entice us!
 
 
 
ebooraem on September 12th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
Wow. This IS a lot to look forward to...thanks for compiling this, Kate! Makes me want to ask that time-honored question: Where the HECK do you get your ideas?

I should probably note that I've already heard that CONOR'S BANSHEE will have a new title (surprise, surprise) and I think I've written the strongbox out of THE STRONGBOX. *sigh*
katecoombs on September 12th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Ellen--

Thanks! And perfect examples of how our work evolves. But it's still a pretty strongbox. ;)

--Kate
dawn_metcalf: Smile!dawn_metcalf on September 12th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
OMG!! *clears room on her shelves for more TBR*
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Lena Goldfinch: just melena_writes on September 12th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
What fun! So much to look forward to. The creativity of my fellow inkies inspires me. Keep writing, ladies! I can't wait to read what you have in store. I got to take a little sneak peek at some early pages of Anne's Gargoyles and am eager to read more. :-)
Lena Goldfinchlena_writes on September 12th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
Also, I enjoyed all the images you chose, Kate! Thanks for putting this together.
keelyinkster on September 12th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Luscious WIPS
Wow, so much to look forward to!
I love the illustrations you chose too Kate!
katecoombs on September 12th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked the illustrations--you can tell I had fun!

I'm really looking forward to reading these WIPs in a year or two...
anesbetanesbet on September 12th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited about so many of these books! Golly! And the VARIETY!! The Inkies are sure not one dull ol' homogeneous herd, that's for sure.

(p.s. Kate, that's the best gargoyle ever.)

AnneN