The Next Big Thing: Wendy Amazing and the Girl's School for Mad Science

Thanks to Helen Maryles Shankman for tagging me!

And as usual, I'm running way behind. Finally, I'm getting around to posting this.

What is the working title of your book?
Which one? I always have several books to work on, or I’ll get bored.
But my current favorite is Wendy Amazing and the Girl’s School for Mad Science.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Wendy Amazing and the Girl’s School for Mad Science came from a dream. I dreamt of a girl whose parents were inventors and someone in the army wanted their most recent invention. When her parents were arrested, the girl had to hide the invention in the forest.

What genre does your book fall under?
Steampunk Alternate History for ages 10 to 12

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Abigail Kathleen Breslin

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A 12-year-old girl saves the world with a time machine, a strange group of friends, and a whole lot of luck.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published through Robot Playground Inc

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two months so far, and I’m half way done.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don’t know of any books that are like this one. If science were magic, this would fit in with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or Spiderwick Chronicles or Fablehaven. However, there is no magic in this book, but some awesome, magical things do happen.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My mother-in-law. She had been a school librarian when her kids were still in school, and she told me that there weren’t many books out for kids ages 10 to 12. It was hard to order books for this age group, and I wanted to fill the gap.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The pets are super smart! A cat who reads. A Venus fly trap who pouts. A gerbil who does tricks. A lizard who writes bad words on his aquarium when he's angry. A guinea pig who can escape every cage. And an ordinary dog who can wag his tail.

Tagging the following authors:
Renee Miller, author of Writer's Companion
Susan Griscom, author of Reflections
S.M. Carrière, author of  The Dying God and Other Stories


  1. Your young readers will LOVE those quirky animals!


    1. Aaaw, thanks! I'm loving writing about the quirky animals and the just-as-quirky teachers at her school.

  2. I loved reading this, Wendy! Your book sounds awesome. And thanks for tagging me back, even if it took you a while to get to it!

    1. Writing this one has been a load of fun! Thx for the comment.


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