Middle-grade fiction? I’ve got that!

Excited to have finished Little Bird in time for this spirited little person's first birthday!

Nice to have finished Little Bird in time for this spirited little person’s first birthday!

Excited to share the completion of my first middle-grade fiction manuscript, Little Bird & the Graveyard (23,000 words). While everything is a work-in-progress, from the title to the pitch below, it is exciting to be on the road to publication, (traditional or otherwise). I get a lot of questions about what my story is about– below is a peek:

Eleven-year-old Indie has a lot of questions. Not only is she on a mission to find a ghost in the graveyard across the street from her house so she can ask what happens after we die, but she also wants to know why her mom left her and her brother with their dad a few months earlier. She figures if she understands why her mom is gone, then maybe she can stop feeling so upset.

To find answers, Indie will have to be brave. She needs to befriend the family of caretakers who live at the graveyard, which means coming face-to-face with the old man who hates her dog and dealing with a boy who is a year older and clearly does not want her around. Her quest will also push her to snoop through the creepy apartment downstairs and visit the graveyard with her brother at night. While none of these adventures will keep Indie out of trouble, they will lead to life-changing revelations, including the realization a ghost has something to do with her momโ€™s absence.


I was inspired to write middle-grade fiction while working as a classroom teacher with fourth and fifth grade students. During our read alouds, I noticed certain themes resonated more than others, like growing up in dysfunctional families and chasing ghosts. While on maternity leave, I began writing Little Bird and finished in time to dedicate the book to my daughter for her first birthday. Indie embodies the independent spirit I hope to instill in my children and students alike. And, of course, I am also hopeful she will reappear in many more books to come!

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14 thoughts on “Middle-grade fiction? I’ve got that!

  1. Congrats on finishing your manuscript! That’s so exciting!

    It sounds really interesting!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Cathy Mackey says:

    I can’t wait to purchase an read your passion. Your Mother in Law is very proud of you.

  3. Tanya says:

    Congratulations!! This sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read it!

  4. melinda516 says:

    Yay!!! I love the title, personally and can’t wait to read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • olivia says:

      Thanks Melinda, that’s actually really good reinforcement– the title really fits the story but I usually agonize over titles for months, so I feared it was too early to commit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. jeffo says:

    Congrats, Olivia, and best of luck with it. Love the pigtails on your little one–very sweet!

  6. kingmidget says:

    Now if your beta readers would just get back to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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