Monday, July 19, 2010

What Should Mitali Write Next?

For the first time in years, I'm not writing under contract. It's an exciting, creative space. I'm planning my writing time for the coming year, and I need your help. I've got four unwritten projects on my mind. Which one should I tackle first?
  1. YA Bollywood-esque action novel with a funny guy hero. Theme: international adoption and power.
  2. Short novel for elementary-aged readers set in Nepal about wells, water, and arsenic. Theme: do good well (no pun intended.)
  3. Picture book fairy tale featuring a South Asian boy prince and his love for Bengal Tigers. Theme: overconsumption versus conservation.
  4. YA novel sequel to SECRET KEEPER set in the 1990s featuring Reet's daughter. Theme: following your bliss and battling college pressure.

20 comments:

MissAttitude said...

Secret Keeper sequel!!! *faints* oh but wait, YA Bollywoodish with a guy sounds like it could be really fun. Decisions, decisions....

Mardougrrl said...

Secret Keeper sequel! *loves*

I DO like the YA Bollywoodish book too...I've been trying to write one off and on for years, but the right idea has yet to snap into place!

Mitali Perkins said...

Thanks! Could you guys vote in the poll? I put it in the post since blogger was choking.

Beth S. said...

I voted for the Bollywood one. I love all the ideas actually but I think Bollywood is a new fascination here in the U.S. That would be a great idea to capitalize on right now.

Jennie said...

I voted in the poll. Where I would love, love, love a sequel to Secret Keeper, you had me at "Bollywood guy novel!"

annebingham said...

Go with funny. The world needs much, much more funny. If there's a dance sequence at the end, even better!

annebingham said...

Oh, and I voted, too.

ohthatanya said...

Oh. The Bollywood novel gets my vote too.

Amy @ My Friend Amy said...

Oh, one or four would make me totally happy! ;)

holly cupala said...

Wait, there was no option for "All of the above." So wrong!

Schmoil said...

I voted Bollywood even though I'm more a kids' book than YA book type of guy - as an adoptive parent (who attempted not once, not twice, but three times to adopt internationally) I'd be interested to see and read your take on the subject. -Sam B. from Cincinnati

Becky Levine said...

After the book shopping trip with my 14-year-old son today, I have to vote for the YA bollywood--with LOTS of humor and LOTS of action, puh-lease! And no pink covers, no big red fanged lips with a heart somewhere nearby, and no other image of any sort that conveys sadness & emotional world-shattering reality. 'Kay? :)

Son basically agrees with me (although he likes tigers), but says he'd have to know more about the Bollywood book in order to have a strong opinion.

Mitali Perkins said...

Thank you all so much. This is so helpful. I'll definitely put the picture book away for a rainy day, and your votes are more proof that my wonderful agent knows what she's talking about. Will keep you informed! And please vote if you haven't yet.

MissAttitude said...

I couldn't vote before but now that you moved the poll,I can.

I'm with Holly, how about all the above? :)

Any of these would be great but I'm leaning towards one and four.

Harold Underdown said...

Hey Mitali, I tried to vote for "Water and Wells Chapter Novel" (though the Bollywood one sounds cool too), but the poll said I had voted already! Which was not true...

But I have a question for you. Which one do you most WANT to write? That, to me anyway, seems crucial.

Mitali Perkins said...

All of them, Harold! That's why I needed help. Thanks for weighing in, everybody!

Jessica said...

Guys and Bollywood? I could hardly be more interested in that. Let's hear what a guy has to say about the glitter and the sparkle and the dancing, hand-gesturing madness!

Although your other books would be good, too, I'm sure. :)

Jessica Leader said...

Ooops--that Jessica was me. Pressed "post" too soon!

Terry Doherty said...

My heart naturally takes me to vote for the book for elementary readers ... you'll hook them young and have them forever.

PS - I am staying up WAY TOO LATE reading Bamboo People. Absolutely fascinating on so many levels.

Mitali Perkins said...

Thanks, everybody! I'm also mulling over this advice from Toni Morrison: "If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

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