Chuffed, and a little bit sad.

February 16th, 2014 § 2 comments

MillhousebookSo, I just finished my new novel, the one I’ve been picking at for the last eight years. I want to eat a whole cake by myself. Not just because I’m excited to have finished the book. But because I just discovered that the name of my main character was used in another teen novel that was just recently released. Which means I need some dessert therapy.

What am I going to do?

Eat cake and find a new name, of course. But I was crushed when I made this discovery. I’d lived with that character’s name for so long, it was a part of me. How can I replace it?

I’ve been searching, searching, searching, trying to find something suitable. But it took me two years just to come up with a new title for the book, which I only did because my editor didn’t like the original one. I don’t have that kind of time anymore. I need to come up with a name, fast.

Anyway, my OTHER new book – the one that took 15 years – is coming out in May. Did I mention that? It’s called Millhouse. It’s a dream come true. Another milestone achieved. I illustrated this one, inside and out. And it’s a hardcover. Now all I need is to sell the movie rights and the fantasy will be complete. Heehee!

§ 2 Responses to Chuffed, and a little bit sad."

  • natale says:

    Thanks so much, Shari! That is so sweet of you. I’ve come up with another name and I like it, so I have my fingers crossed that it will stick. ;))

  • Shari Green says:

    Delighted to hear about Millhouse! Congrats! (And very cool that you did the illustrations!)

    Sorry about your character’s name…hoping you quickly stumble upon a name that is even more perfect than the original.

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