Since I won't shut up about it, I thought I'd make a post sharing some details from my YA Fantasy #MurderStatue book. Scroll down (or click) to hear about my book, farther to learn about me, and all the way to the end of this post for a snippet from the book's second POV just because I can't have a #MurderStatue post without my favorite murder statue.
In WE SHALL BE MONSTERS, a city-state is guarded by its hundreds of statues until one awakens and begins murdering the people she's meant to protect.
- Enemies to lovers (Real enemies! No rivals weak sauce! There is blood!)
- A fat, angry girl with a sword
- An autistic boy with nothing but the poem in his heart
- Sister angst
- LGBTQ+ secondary characters/romance
- Greco-Roman, alt-Italian vibes
- A magic system based on the three states of matter
- Pygmalion meets Frankenstein
- The 80s classic Mannequin if she started killing everyone (I haven't seen this since I was a kid so I'm just assuming that doesn't happen in the film, right?)
- The statue on the left meets the statue on the right
- Romeo and Juliet vibes if Juliet carried and used that knife the entire time
- If you want to play by the rules, Strange the Dreamer meets Girl, Serpent, Thorn
WSBM turned out deeply personal, and it's been both exciting and scary to share it with CPs and betas.
|And also my mom😬|
The book draws on my Italian, Roman-Catholic background, and I do think Nonna would appreciate and probably not come after me with the guilt, but the autism rep and the girl who just happens to be fat as she lives her adventure and how it all intertwines with these teens' coming of age are what I'm really hoping resonate with readers who need more of these stories. That's so important to me, it kept me writing through an epic, on-going, debilitating flare up of my chronic pain condition (thanks, mismanaged pandemic, for barring access to regular treatment!). I mostly act like everything's okay, online, but these past months have been hell, and WSBM, even on days I can barely sit at the computer, has been my main outlet. This isn't the book of my heart, it's the book of my screaming nervous system.
Side note, it's been a trip working on this book while statues took over the national discourse. My book is nothing to the vital ongoing movement to remove expressions of white supremacy, but it's been wild seeing people discuss how statues shape the story told by those in power while writing a book literally about statues asserting their own narratives and murdering the lies of the past. And people digging themselves out from under institutions that have brainwashed them.
That got heavy! Let's get to some fun stuff.
WSBM WRITING PLAYLIST:
Oh, the John Donne Holy Sonnet #14 of it all (except in the very best John Donne tradition, turning that rapturous fervor to a love interest, not God). Hozier, Florence, Evanescence, Eurielle, Klergy, Halsey, etc.
MEMES BECAUSE WHY NOT:
If you're not one of the three readers of this blog and found this via Twitter! I'm Leanne, writer of young adult fantasy. I love teaching, theater, and actively dismantling systems of oppression. I can be found (uh pre-pandemic) spending too much time and money at my local indie, Mysterious Galaxy, screeching on Twitter about my friends' books, and corrupting the minds of America's youth (as an English teacher). I've been writing novels for a while now, and I'm really excited about seeing where I can take WSBM.
Thanks for reading! You can connect with me on Twitter and Instagram through the links in the sidebar. (And scroll down to read a snippet of my fat angry murder statue.)