because you’ll be
harder to cage
if you’re different."
—From Untitled (Orache Pearl, Book One)
Painting: Butterfly Boy, Fran Forman, 2009
The manuscript for my first book-length work of fiction is done! I began this untitled story a few years ago, but the roots of the story go back much further, to a family vacation at Egg Harbor in Wisconsin in 2008.
During our stay at Egg Harbor, I drafted an outline for what I thought would be a children's story. Not satisfied at the time with the idea, I shelved and forgot it-- until a decade later.
To my surprise, it ended up not a story for children at all; rather, it is a mature story, but with a child protagonist. It is the first book of what I hope will be a trilogy.
Much more to come, as I work to find a home for the first book of the Orache Pearl stories.