This year is a bit different.
While I am heading back to school to teach my beloved clan of teens, my plucky, serious, creative five-year-old Elliott is also entering the fray. He’ll be a mighty kindergartner this year. Craziness.
I posted the following exchange between Elliott and my three-year-old (Ike) on my personal Facebook the other day, and it’s too good not to share here. (And my kids are endlessly more entertaining than I am.)
While having breakfast, Elliott told me he needed to decide on a career path before his first day of school.
Elliott: [Very serious] I want to be a firefighter, but I’m afraid of fires. And I want to be a nurse, but I’m afraid of sick people.
Ike: Are you afraid of quesadillas?
Ike: Because you can work at Chipotle.
How do you transition from that? I should’ve ended with it. I’m always messing up the order of things. :0)
In the writing world, I am excited to announce that I published my fourth book on July 27. After Life is a YA Paranormal Mystery/Thriller. It’s a dash of horror with a dash humanity. Is that a thing? It sounded cool. And I really loved writing every word; I'm proud of what this book became. Early reviews have been great, and I am truly excited to hear what people think.
One of my Amazon reviews said, "Wescott's story of a teenage girls [sic] young brother and his ability to remember his past life's murder will indeed make it 10 times more difficult to fall asleep at night." Score!
And my mom said, "You're a great writer, but do the characters need to swear so much?"
So. You win some, you lose some.
If it looks like this genre has staying power, then I might try to write another book that takes place in the same city. (After Life is a standalone novel, which was important to me. But I have conceived a very real Central, Oregon town that could boast a plethora of paranormal mysteries that need solving. The opportunities are endless.)
I don’t have a next project already in the queue, but I am juggling some options. One of those is a writing-for-hire job for a film company to work on the novelization of one of their upcoming movies. After that? I’m hoping to get book number five in the works! (I’ll have to check in with my students after school starts to see what they want to read and bounce my new ideas off of them. They always steer me in the best directions. See? It’s not all sadness and tears when school starts. I do get to teach some amazing people.)
Thanks for letting me update you! (Or, even though I’m an Oregonian, I should probably say: update y’all. I kinda wish we said y’all out here.)
Until next time!
To find more of Shelbi's novels, head to her Author page here.