Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Spell Book of Listen Taylor

The Spell Book of Listen Taylor will be released in the US and Australia in October, and in the UK next year. It’s a revised version of I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes. In many ways, it’s the same book, but there’s a lot of new material about a girl named Listen Taylor.

I rewrote Pancakes because my American editor was intrigued by the character of Listen. Listen Taylor, twelve years old, was already very important – her Spell Book is central to the plot – but she was also very quiet. My editor wanted to hear her voice. He wanted to know why her friends were so cruel. And what exactly she thought about the Zing Family Secret.

When I started to write more about Listen, an unexpected thing happened. Other parts of the book began to shift. For example, Listen’s older brother became her father. Her mother ran away to Paris. Some of the other adults disappeared, some of their actions stopped making sense, and some of them became more complete.

The result is a different story, and one that is aimed more at young adults. At this point I’d like to finish with a clever line about how Listen has flipped Pancakes. Or has added maple syrup. But that would be just too sweet.

4 Comments:

Blogger Julie said...

Thanks for the explanation -- I was wondering :)

12:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm wondering...when does it come out in canada?

7:54 a.m.  
Anonymous TLC said...

I have just finished The Spell Book of Listen Taylor after randomly picking it up at the library. I'm so glad I did. This book is perfect, one of the best I have read in a long, long time.

I long to write and I found this book very inspiring. I love how you write, I love the characters and the way that the secret wasn't revealed until the perfect moment.

While I was reading your book. I had so many ideas of my own. I was constantly scribbling down ideas and imaginary conversations for my own characters.

When I finished the book, I lost my creativity and now have writers block.

I can't wait to read the rest of your books and I'm sorry that this comment is on such an old post, but as I've only just discovered you and I also love your blog, I am reading you from the beginning up.

Thank you for your words, ideas and inspiration.

'How is your ocean bream, my love?'

12:08 a.m.  
Blogger Jaclyn Moriarty said...

Hello Anonymous, I think you left this comment years ago, I'm sorry I've only just seen it. And The Spell Book of Listen Taylor is out in Canada now. And hello TLC, you are absolutely lovely and very kind, and I hope you get your inspiration back again, and that you find a cure for your writers block. If you find a good cure, let me know. I think I have over-used chocolate. I'm trying blueberries today instead. xxx

5:14 p.m.  

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