I am very pleased to introduce to you, G.Z. Schmidt and her debut novel, 'No Ordinary Thing'. Without further ado, let's hear from Gail about this intriguing middle grade story and the processes she went through in writing this book.
Tell us about your new book.
No Ordinary Thing is about a boy who finds a magic snow globe that allows him to travel back in time. It connects him to three different strangers, decades apart, who have backstories interwoven with the boy's own mysterious past. I recommend it for people who like dual narratives and multiple storylines.
What inspired you when working on this project?
As a child, I loved the book Holes by Louis Sachar, and that book influenced this story. I was also inspired by the award-winning international film Your Name, which tells of two teens who live 3 years apart. I love stories with a little bit of magic that's set in the real world, and that's what No Ordinary Thing has.
Tell us about the creative process for this book.
I finished this book's first draft in three months. The storyline and everything hit me very fast, and I pretty much exploded in a burst of creativity. Other books have taken much longer!
Did you encounter anything unexpected while working on this project?
When I first started revising with my editor, I was surprised at how detailed the revisions process can be with a publishing house. They look at every single word placement and take out words that are too repetitive. I also had to change the timeline and change a major character, and in the end, it's definitely made my story much better.
Now for something completely different! What superpower would you have? Why?
I can't choose between talking to animals or turning invisible. Talking to animals would be awesome, because if I'm ever stranded in the woods and an angry bear comes, I can talk my way out. And being invisible just allows me to hide!
Thank you, Gail, for taking us through the different aspects of your new book. We wish you all the best for the launch and for future projects.
Bio - G.Z. Schmidt
Gail Zhuang Schmidt was born in China and immigrated to the U.S. when she was six. She grew up in the Midwest and the South, where she chased fireflies at night and listened occasionally for tornado/hurricane warnings. After working for four years as an analyst, she began her new chapter in life by moving to Europe. She currently lives in Switzerland with her husband and their tuxedo cat. Her debut novel, No Ordinary Thing, which involves a magical time-traveling snow globe, comes out fall 2020.
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