by T. Melissa Madian
GENRE: Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
It was business as usual at the Acme Science Lab, until one day a massive explosion sent the scientists fleeing for safety.
But out of the smoke and chemicals emerged an amazing new creature… Bartholomew Blob!
With the lab destroyed, Bartholomew leaves the comforts of the only home he has ever known in search of new friends and a place to live.
As he travels through golden fields his body changes color with every emotion he feels.
Life can be lonely for a blob, but Bartholomew discovers there’s kindness and love to be found in every adventure.
Smoke and chemicals mixed, and strange sounds came from the now empty lab. Sounds like… gurgling and burping? The door of the lab smashed open and out came…
… a small, roundish shape! It was midnight black and had the size and form of an upside-down cereal bowl. It slithered instead of rolled. It looked like melted dark chocolate but had a perfume like smell.
Suddenly, two roundish holes opened and turned pale blue. It had eyes! It could see! What in the world could this creature be?
Why… it’s Bartholomew Blob!
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
I found my old story notes when I was cleaning out our basement during the beginning stages of the pandemic. When I wrote the original draft, I was much younger at the time and back then I was feeling a little out of place and different from everyone else. I wanted to show kids who might be feeling the same way that they can embrace and love everything about themselves, even if they don’t always feel the most confident in their skin.
How do you create your characters?
I try to draw from personal experience, as I want the characters to feel authentic and real. In the case of Bartholomew, I wanted to create a story of adventure and imagination, using my love of science to invent a character that was just a little bit odd but whose heart was in the right place. A character who is curious, thoughtful and doesn’t quite fit in; all characteristics I had as a child! Now I’m quite confident and self-assured, as I’ve grown into myself.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I operate my sales consulting business from my home office, where I take calls from clients, deliver virtual workshops and write many blog posts. Most recently I wrote a business book entitled, Enabler? I Hardly Know Her! How to Make the Sales Experience Not Suck, which focuses on optimizing the Sales Experience. When I want to write fiction, I need to separate from my “business self”, so I move to a different area of the house as a change of scenery. We have a couch that is positioned by the front window of the house, which allows me to sit comfortably with my feet up and a comfy cushion supporting my back. I’m often joined by our cat Pickle, and I scratch his chin or rub his belly when I’m looking for inspiration.
What do you like to read?
I’m a fan of science-fiction, horror and fantasy, especially books with a sense of humor. I’m a huge fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, as it combines the best of fantasy with a dry, witty sense of humor. I’m also a massive adventure video game fan, which are basically books translated into game play.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
I take a very pragmatic approach toward writing. If you start with an idea, consider what it is about that idea that may be interesting to an audience. Then, create a plan. A plan of who and what the story is about. Write with a purpose, a clear idea of the story you want to tell the world.
Melissa Madian is the Chief Fabulous Officer at TMM Enablement Services Inc. As a mechanical engineer, she loves taking the science of what is possible and imagining stories around the impossible. She is a storyteller, mom to a precocious cat, and auntie to her human nephew. She hopes that this book serves as a reminder to people – adults and children – that even the weirdest and most unusual creature just wants and deserves to be loved.
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