Making a book is hard. Doing it independently is even harder. These are the stories I want to share behind making "Merry Chrissy and the Naughty or Nice Truth.”
Meet Charlotte - a true rival
Charlotte Marigold is Chrissy’s main antagonist throughout the majority of the book. She is mostly self centered, conceited and always scheming. A classic bully, Charlotte and her 2 other friends Gabriella and Raven talk behind Chrissy’s back, tease and intimidate her. Charlotte is considered the “queen bully” in Chrissy school and many other kids don't like her as well.
During the process of writing, I knew early on Chrissy would be challenged by another classmate. I originally thought of making just about everyone in class and school hate her, but that was just too much and too cruel. Instead, the teachers, ever so aware of bullying are looking to punish the punished rather than just the punisher. Charlotte early on was developed as I continued writing. She really has no positive qualities whatsoever, but there is a small hint of humanity in her dark heart. Charlotte mainly teases Chrissy for her year-round interests in Christmas and the style of clothing she wears.
There is a big contrast between the design of the two girls. Chrissy is dressed like she came out of the thrift shop. Charlotte on the other hand, came out of a boutique shop. Charlotte and her parents are much more wealthy than the average kid in her elementary class, so it was important that her wardrobe stood out. Going with a royalty theme, I chose many shades of purples and yellows for her outfit. Coloring her was quite a challenge since she has so many different colors. She also has blush on her face in a certain tone. As a personal touch, it’s kinda fitting that her color scheme just about matches the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, a team I really hate as I’m an Orlando Magic fan (Still bitter about the Finals back in 2009!) In case you don’t follow sportsball, they’re a highly successful basketball team that won 15 championships. The team that I root for, the Magic have zero.
Speaking of sports, the two become fierce rivals. They face off in Dodgeball and a costume contest…and other situations that you'll need to read to find out more!
Merry Chrissy and the Naughty or Nice Truth is a middle-age grade novel designed for ages 9 and up that will be released on December 5th, 2014. Go to www.merrychrissy.com for the latest updates. You can also follow Merry Chrissy on Twitter and Google Plus.