Huge congratulations to Sheeda, from San Francisco, our newest Silver Pen! So not only is she killing it with her fundraising goals (seriously, check out her Malala page and leave her a comment!), but she’s also written >15,000 words on her NaNoWriMo project. Congratulations, Sheeda!
Way to make this campaign count, Sheeda! Read on to learn more about her and her NaNoWriMo project.
What is your favorite book and/or author, and what draws you to them?
Sorry not sorry, but there is no way I can pick just one! My YA fantasy queens are Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, Maggie Stiefvater, Sabaa Tahir, and Alexandra Bracken. There is also a permanent and special place in my heart for J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Holly Black.
Is this your first book? If not, what was the first book you ever finished writing? Tell us a little about it.
This is my third book. The first one I finished is about time-traveling faeries. I do think (hope?) I am a better writer now, and I’d like to try and rework that story at some point.
What’s the working title of your NaNoWriMo17 project?
Hour of the Forgotten
Give us an elevator pitch of your project.
The adopted son of the emperor’s general struggles between wanting to belong and the guilt he feels for the slaves of the empire. Both their freedom and magic is bound by iron collars, but he should be wearing a collar too, for he alone among his people escaped slavery after the Great Conquest.
Share your favorite line/short paragraph from your book so far.
Hundreds of pairs of feet stamp in unison. A deafening, echoing drum beat sending powerful tremors through the stadium. I stare at the pit of sand, the glow of the late afternoon sun blanketing the grains in a honeyed hue. If I just keep my eyes trained down, I can try to imagine I’m somewhere far away. Somewhere quiet. Away from the noise. Away from this lust for violence.
But I fail.
How did you hear about the Mighty Pens?
From Susan Dennard’s newsletter! 🙂
What inspired you to join the Mighty Pens?
I was already committed to participate in NaNo when I heard about the Mighty Pens. It was a no-brainer to help raise money for the incredible Malala Fund knowing I’d be writing already. I’m honored and thankful to be a part of this group –– Sooz and Kat have been so inspirational and supportive (pardon the gushing)!
I’m (Kat) just gonna gush right back! We’re so grateful to have you. Keep it up, lady. See you at Gold Pen soon!