My daughter was teased and tormented all through elementary school for her belief in fairies and the magical world. She swore she saw leprechauns, gnomes, goblins living in our back yard and every Monday morning in carpool – despite my suggestion she keep it to herself – she would tell everyone all about her latest sightings. One of the boys gave her an especially terrible time. She suffered, but she never gave in. When I would try to intercede, she would tell me it didn’t matter. She believed what she believed. I so admired her persistence and her courage.
As she grew up she continued to love stories about magical worlds and creatures and devoured fantasy book after book from Harry Potter to C.S. Lewis to Vampire Diaries. One day when she was 14 she said to me, “Remember how awful that boy was to me? Wouldn’t it be great if I could turn into a fairy now and show him?”
That was the beginning of Extraordinary October. October Fetterhoff is an unpopular high school senior who thinks she’s completely ordinary. Then weird things start to happen to her. Turns out she’s half fairy and half troll and has some amazing powers. The book takes her on an adventure – an evil witch is after her – and October has to use more than magic to fight back. Along the way she gets her revenge on one particularly annoying boy. Hooray! But then she realizes making someone else unhappy doesn’t feel so good and she does something nice for him. That’s what really changes him. And that was all my daughter’s idea.
And — Here’s the url for the teaser I produced for the book:
About Extraordinary October
by Diana Wagman
Publisher: Ig Publishing
Publication Date: October 11th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
October is an ordinary girl. From her plain looks to her average grades, there seems to be nothing special about her. Then, three days before her eighteenth birthday, she develops a strange itch that won’t go away, and her life is turned upside down. Suddenly, she can hear dogs talk, make crows fly, and two new and very handsome boys at school are vying for her affections. After she starts “transplanting” herself through solid rock, October learns that she is not ordinary at all, but the daughter of a troll princess and a fairy prince, and a pawn in a deadly war between the trolls and the fairies. Now October will have to use all of her growing powers to save her family, and stop a mysterious evil that threatens to destroy the fairy world.
In the fantastical vein of authors such as Julie Kagawa and Holly Black, Extraordinary October takes us on a magical journey from the streets of Los Angeles to the beautiful and mythical underground fairy kingdom.
Teaser video: https://youtu.be/CtVO5AMViio
About the Author
I have always written and always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I could make a living at it. So I became a mime. (You can imagine what my father had to say about that.) I worked on the streets of NYC with two partners, stopping traffic in front of the Met and annoying tourists. When, to my great surprise, that didn’t work out, I returned to school in film–thinking screenwriters made a living. And when I had ten scripts and my agent had stopped returning my calls, I wrote a novel. I did it just because I wanted to love writing again and not think about selling or casting or marketability. That novel was Skin Deep, and it’s a testament to writing from your heart that the first person to read it, bought it. I’ve been trying to write from the heart ever since.