The Next Big Thing is a blog chain for writers and artists linking together and talking about their current projects. It gives you a chance to discover new writers and blogs but also brings together writers across different genres. Each creator is required to answer a set series of questions and then pass the baton to someone else.
I've been invited by Writer Cecily Thew Paterson to take part in The Next Big Thing blog trail talking about a new release. Here is some information about Shahana: Through My Eyes.
1 What is the working title of your next book
Shahana, Through My Eyes.
Field of writing: Young Adult (lower age range, 11-14 yrs or Middle School).
Hrithick Roshan, Bollywood actor with the green eyes, would be good as Amaan, the militant; A young Amir Khan would be fine as Zahid; and Shahana? I think Freida Pinto from “Slumdog Millionaire” would fit the bill. (Maybe if she was a bit younger). Alia Bhatt would be good too. She's young enough at least.
Shahana's story shows how orphans suffer and survive in the shadow of the Line of Control; set in Azad Kashmir.
It will be represented by an agent (Jacinta di-Mase) and published by Allen & Unwin in June.
The next four books in the series:
Amina by JL Powers set in
Naveed by John Heffernan set in
Emilio by Sophie Masson set in
Chalkline by Jane Mitchell.
Where the Streets had a name by Randa Abdel-Fateh
No Safe Place and Children of War by Deborah Ellis
When I was asked to consider writing about children in a war zone by my agent and series editor, Lyn White, I realised I wanted to tell these children's stories, albeit fictitiously, so that other young people in peaceful countries like
True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
It is love that will save our world and our civilisation, love even for enemies.
Martin Luther King Jr
There are too many barriers to peace in Shahana's life – she shouldn't let Zahid live in her one roomed house, nor should she talk to a militant even if he is missing his sister. And then there is the Line of Control, the biggest reminder and barrier of all, dividing a nation. She has lost too many people in the conflict and she doesn't like to remember. How can she make the right choices? Is it true, as the militant says, she is just surviving the best way she can? Shahana is faced with the biggest decision of her life but how do you choose which is the lesser of two evils?
Next week on Wednesday 13 February 2013, award winning children's author, Janeen Brian will share about her new historical novel set in Cornish Australia, That Boy Jack.