Last spring, a group of writers participated in what can only be described as an act of faith.
We got together as members of the Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles for their annual Story Sprouts Anthology workshop. And this year, our leaders launched a new challenge at us — to collaboratively write a novel.
They gave us this drawing of our young heroine, Kayla Wayman — isn’t she spunky? I loved her immediately. And they gave us a bit of background information about her. Most notably — that she and all the women in her family can travel in time (but not the men — intriguing!) Then we each got a different location and time period. I was given New York City in the 1930’s. This was perfect, because I’d recently seen Newsies and could visualize the era clearly. And then…
No pressure here. Just write a chapter for the novel. I think we had maybe an hour. After we got over our initial panic, all 23 of us set to writing our individual chapters. Then we submitted our work, and moved onto the next task for the workshop. And that was the last we saw of Kayla.
I am thrilled to announce that, after much editing and hard work by CBW-LA’s leaders, our collaborative novel has been published and is available on Amazon!
Kayla Wayman, Teen Time Traveler: Lost in the Stream
This is a 296-page novel, reading level 5, perfect for Middle Grade readers but fun for adults alike. From the back of the novel:
Time travel to Victorian era London, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and a Tokyo lab a whole millennium into the future might sound like a fairy tale life. But time traveling teen Kayla Wayman discovers that when the time stream holds her fate in its finicky grasp, it feels more like a nightmare.
Wanting desperately to prove to her mom that she’s grown up, she breaks the rules and time jumps alone. But a simple misstep throws her miles and decades away from her intended destination. Now she’s tumbling from city to city, through different time periods, directionless and afraid. Kayla must learn to master time and believe in herself, or she may never find her way home.
You can read more about it on Amazon (Click here to check it out!) but I think this quote says it all: “…a tale of big adventure, second chances, and the power of a family’s love.” I’m sure you can think of some people in your life who would enjoy reading this exciting book — Christmas gift, perhaps?
I’d like to give a huge shout-out to the leaders of CBW-LA, for giving us all the opportunity to participate in such an amazing project. These people work immeasurable hours to put on workshops, programs and events, and generally encourage children’s writers to pursue their craft. CBW-LA’s purpose is to educate, inspire, and empower writers to share their voices with the world. You can check them out at cbw-la.org.
Their next Story Sprouts Writing Day Marathon is on May 14, 2016. I’ll be there. I hope you will be too! Register Here.