I vividly remember a moment several winters ago when I experienced the kind of revelation that reinforced why I am, and will always be, a fiction writer. I sat in full winter gear on a ski lift. We had nearly reached the top of the mountain, and the snowy white run below us was rimmed with craggy winter trees. As I sat enjoying the view, I contemplated those trees, and—oddly, I admit—what went through my mind was, “Wouldn’t it be weird if those trees suddenly burst into flame?” Laughing a little at myself for the thought, I nonetheless took a moment to analyze it. I’m not one of those literal believe-in-magic types so, no, I didn’t actually think anything like that was going to happen. But here is the moment I’ll always remember: it occurred to me that if by some weird freak change that did happen, I wouldn’t be at all surprised. And I think this is the magic of fiction: expect the unexpected. And bring it to life on the page.
Prompt #10: Take an ordinary moment from your day today (or sometime this week). Then toss in a wildly unexpected, freak-of-nature occurrence. How do you (or your main character) react? What happens next?
The road to publication may have been long and winding for Ammi-Joan Paquette but she has wasted no time making her mark. In 2005, Joan was named a PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award honoree and in 2008 she won SCBWI’s Susan Landers Glass Scholarship Award. Since then she has published four picture books: THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING FAIRIES (Tanglewood), THE TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING MERMAIDS (Tanglewood), GHOST IN THE HOUSE (Candlewick), PETEY AND PRU AND THE HULLABALOO (Clarion) and three novels: NOWHERE GIRL (Walker/Bloomsbury), PARADOX (Random House for Young Readers), RULES FOR GHOSTING (Walker/Bloomsbury). On top of that, Joan finds time to be a top literary agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
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