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Saturday, April 19, 2008

With a little help from my...kid

Well, the deal is on Publishers Marketplace now, so it's out there for all the world to see :-) so I thought I'd announce it on the blog. My daughter and I are going to be writing horror young adult novels together for Houghton-Mifflin.

It's amazing to think that my kid is A.) grown up enough to do this (she's nearly 15) and B.) that from a dream I had as a kid, then as a new bride, I'll now be pursuing it with my child. How cool is that?

Yes, I'll still be writing romantic comedies and sticking with my Harlequin Romances! I love writing those, too! These books with my daughter are just one more type of writing, a little something different every year. The first book, tentatively titled THE WELL, will be out in late 2009 (it's about a high school freshman whose mother is trying to kill him. Yes, it's scary :-).

We'll be writing under a pen name, AJ Whitten. Visit our MySpace page, and keep an eye on the updates (DD is in charge of the marketing on this one :-). I never thought when I walked down that aisle (nearly 18 years ago!) that I'd be writing with my high school daughter, that's for sure!



Blogger limecello said...

Hi Shirley,
Wow - that's so great, and it's so nice that your daughter is interested in writing too. As to the story ... wow - that's majorly disturbing. :X

April 19, 2008 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Virginia said...

You must be really proud of your daughter to want to write. It could be her big start into the world at a young age. Best of luck to you and your daughter.

April 19, 2008 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Congrats to you and your daughter, Shirley. Very exciting news! And it sounds like a very scary story!

April 19, 2008 at 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Linda Goodnight said...

Extremely exciting, Shirley. I can't imagine trying to co-write with anyone. It sounds very hard to me, but the two of you will, no doubt, do it in great style. Talk about mother-daughter bonding.
How fun is that!

April 20, 2008 at 7:07 AM  
Blogger Dru said...

Congratulations to you and your daughter.

April 20, 2008 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Shirley Jump said...

Thanks, everyone!! I tell her it's all part of my diabolical plot to keep her close to me forever, LOL.


April 21, 2008 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

That's awesome. Congratulations to you and your daughter. What a great bonding experience. :)

April 21, 2008 at 6:12 AM  
Blogger Myrna said...

This is the most exciting, awesome news! And how great to be able to have your daughter as a writing partner.

April 22, 2008 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Melissa James said...

Wow, amazing news, Shirley, congrats to you both! That's awesome and my son said to congratulate you both as well.

My daughter writes too, but haven't been able to convince her to show anyone else as yet, except on the Bones website where she's a popular contributor.

Melissa J

April 22, 2008 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

It is great that you and your daughter are going to work together!

April 29, 2008 at 3:59 PM  

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