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 ammi-joan paquette 2writer. 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?


blogger bio iconA Bit About Joan

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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