Penny Jackson is a unique girl, exploding with passion, song, and creativity. Like all teenagers, she feels trapped from time to time. Her escape is her mind. Penny’s adventure begins when her overactive imagination takes flight while she is stuck in a classroom. Penny’s behavior and sometimes unwise decisions lead her to a strange artist who dwells in a mysterious place. Art takes her on an incredible journey. It opens Penny’s eyes and mind to new experiences and wondrous places. It frightens and amazes her. One path is ordinary and the other leads to a secret series of adventures that change her life forever.
This tale takes you on an exciting journey like no other. Mysteries and lessons unfold introducing unexplained opportunities. It is a novel filled with passion, whimsy, art, and fantastic possibilities.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I write a mixture of Young Adult Fiction and Magical Realism. I include a combination of fantastic elements, realism, humor, whimsy, and sometimes absurdness in what I write.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I believe reading is homework for writers (fun homework). Read often and read outside of your usual genre to learn from it and to gain perspective. That helps to keep your writing fresh.
~Stay strong, be positive and never stop writing~
B. Sanford was born in Detroit, Michigan. While attending Wayne State University (majoring in Fine Art) B. Sanford was deeply inspired and started writing seriously. She wrote and illustrated her first novel “American Princess” between her classes.
She has written three books in total. She continues to write and make art.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote this for every girl in the world to let them know of the existence of real princesses: ordinary people that do extraordinary things.
Personally, I love princess stories, coming of age stories, adventures, and happily-ever-afters. But honestly I felt like there was a story that was missing from the catalog, especially for princesses. I wanted to reinvent the princess, make her diverse, modern, mainstream, and contemporary, while keeping the past in the mixture. I made a vibrant strong main character who embarks on a journey to discovering mystifying things within herself and within the world. I wanted it to be fun, meaningful, and include beloved elements of fantasy while still being down to earth. I definitely wanted to include history. In many places around the world we have too many unsung and unrecognized heroes: Princes and Princesses.