This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.
Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.
This week, I’m excited to be joined by Heidi Schulz, a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner who is absolutely on fire right now. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, Hook’s Revenge, will be published by Disney•Hyperion in Fall 2014. I saw this news and asked her if she’d be willing to stop by my site, and she graciously agreed. Then, after she sent me her bio, she had to update it because her agent (past 50 Words guest Brooks Sherman of FinePrint Literary Management) sold another one of her books—this time, it was her debut picture book, Giraffes Ruin Everything, to be published by Bloomsbury Kids in Fall 2015.
That is one hell of a good few weeks.
Heidi lives in Salem, Ore., with her husband, their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. You can find her on Twitter (@Heidi_Schulz) and Facebook, and her blog is franticallysimple.com.
For Heidi’s 50 Words question, I had to know more about the scourge of Neverland and his daughter, Jocelyn.
What did you see in the character of Captain Hook that made you imagine him as not just a father but also as a father who would actually inspire his offspring to seek vengeance in his name?
I certainly never imagined Captain Hook as a good father but I think most children want to please their parents, good or not. Jocelyn desperately wants to live up to her father’s legacy—but just as desperately wants to be herself. I don’t envy her having to grow up under his shadow. It’s a difficult dance, but one I hope readers will enjoy.
And Jocelyn, if you’re looking for positives, be thankful it’s not Peter Pan’s shadow you’re trying to escape from. That thing is terrifying.
Huge thanks to Heidi for stopping by this week and for finally calling out giraffes for the shady characters they are.