Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PBParty 4: BALL OF FIRE, Character-Driven PB

Genre: Character Driven
Word Count: 699


Most people call Stevie overactive, even though she views herself as a wild stallion refusing to be tamed. Maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s typical Stevie.

Stevie’s parents have been advised to help her find a way to channel her energy, which in kid terms means “calm down”. They try gymnastics—Stevie gets asked not to come back. They try t-ball—the coach suggests Stevie practice at home before joining a team. Stevie is quite certain that she must be too good at all of these activities. Nobody wants to make the other kids feel bad, which is obviously why everyone keeps suggesting she try something different. Stevie totally gets it. Finally, a neighbor recommends running. And the more Stevie runs, the better she feels. It’s like the energy just rushes out of her. But, don’t worry. She doesn’t lose her spirit—she just learns how to keep it from overflowing so much. At least most of the time. 

First 50 Words:

I have a lot of energy bottled up inside.

I wish I could say I keep a tight lid on my bottle.

But, that wouldn’t be entirely true.

In fact, my lid is pretty much always bursting open, pouring out fumes of beautiful chaos wherever I go. 


  1. I'd love to take a look. You can send the query and manuscript to querymichelle

  2. I can't wait to hear more from Stevie! Once she's done running please send the query and manuscript to

  3. Stevie has an intriguing voice and I really like this concept. I'd love to see this! Please send the query and manuscript to LBiagi (at) jvnla (dot) com with #PBParty in the subject line. Looking forward to reading! -Laura Biagi