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SKIN & BONES

Thanks to parenthesised, I just realized that nowhere on my blog do I mention anything about my debut YA novel, SKIN & BONES. (A slightly enormous oversight for an author's blog, don't you think?)

So, without further ado...

Blurb, SKIN & BONES:

When sixteen-year old Consuela Bones discovers that she can remove her skin, revealing a lustrous mother-of-pearl skeleton, she slips into a parallel world known as the Flow; a place inhabited by archetypal teens with extraordinary abilities. Crafting skins out of anything – air, water, feathers, fire – she is compelled to save ordinary people from dying before their time. Yet now someone is murdering her new friends, one by one, and Consuela finds herself the focus of an intricate plot to end the Flow forever when all she really wants is to get back home, alive.

Influences, SKIN & BONES:

SKIN & BONES began with geeky conversations exploring why there were no new iconic superheroes. Historically, superheroes appeared during times of war, when the zeitgeist suggested that it would take something superhuman to address these problems. (In the War on Terror, I believe our modern-day vigilante/Batman is Jack Bauer of '24.') This touched upon a related topic: Why weren’t there more good superheroines? Few reflected an ethnic minority, and none were without prominent breasts or skimpy costumes. When I was first struck with the image of Consuela Bones – inspired by Mexican caricaturist José Guadalupe Posada’s Catrina – I joked that I’d like to see anyone sex-up a girl skeleton!

The idea grabbed me. I researched Mexican folklore, Octavio Paz’s Labyrinth of Solitude, and the holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. I found a wealth of beautiful imagery and savage passions that fed something I nicknamed the ‘anti-vampire’ ideal. Instead of a powerful, sexualized beauty turning out to be death, a beautiful image of death could be something vibrantly, powerfully and passionately alive. This person would be someone a Latina girl could champion as her own superheroine – not skinny or bosomy or white/black/red/brown, but universally magnificent on the inside.

At its core, SKIN & BONES is a story both visual and visceral.

SKIN & BONES is due out fall, 2010 by Dutton Books.

Information can also be found at Fangs, Fur & Fey and the 10_ers communities.

Thanks!

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tessagratton
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I can hardly express how much this excites me! It did when I read about it on FFF, and it still does. Can't WAIT!
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much! I can't believe I have to wait two years...!
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dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Love them with hearts, flowers, and mana laser beams shooting out of their eyes!
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stephanieburgis
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
That sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it!
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Goes double for you & Kat!
esotaria
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
2010! It's so far awaaay!
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
I *know* -- I guess I just have to finish one of the two WIPs I'm working on before the revision letters come. ;-)
faerie_writer
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a great concept! *writes down title*
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love those pseudo-intellectual geekified conversations!
robinbridges
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Ooh, visual and visceral- I love it. I'm looking forward to reading this!
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
I look forward to sharing this, too!
fabulousfrock
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
I love the bit about your influences, it's a very cool evolution of an idea.
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
It was weird looking back on it, remembering the faces of my friends as we chatted and the pictures I unearthed from long-lost college memories.

But, I mean, seriously -- who can't look at this and be inspired? ;-)
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den_down_unda
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Wait, you mean you have to do research to write good novels? If I wanted to do that, I'd have stayed in academia. (Or at least avoided being asked to leave.)

Oh well, guess I'll have to count down the days until early 2010 when I can buy and read your novel. It sounds awesome.
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
I never claimed that, but I am definitely a research-o-holic (which often gets in the way of actually writing anything)!

Heck, I'll count down with you! I think we're somewhere in the 660s right now...
seanan_mcguire
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
What's interesting is that there are superheroines that represent ethnic minorities -- they just rarely get as popular as their male counterparts.

Jubilation Lee, aka 'Jubilee,' didn't have a skimpy costume or prominent breasts; she was, however, a Chinese-American superheroine. (Past tense, she got depowered during the Decimation storyline, after being in the Marvel Universe for over twenty years.) Danielle Moonstar, aka 'Mirage,' also lacked the skimpy or the boobies, but was a Native American superheroine.

Kathrine 'Kitty' Pryde (Shadowcat) did have a skin-tight costume, but was the first major superhero character of Jewish descent, and the version of the Wasp in the Ultimate Universe is Chinese-American (half).

I am super-excited about your book. I just keep a running tally of superheroines, because, well, huge comic geek. But I'll stop after just the three for right now, I don't want you to smack me.
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:12 pm (UTC)
Actually, I knew of all of these (in fact, I followed Kitty Pryde for a long time as she was from my hometown area!) but Jubilee got bosomy and Mirage was played more like Storm in their origin stories, IMO -- how often do we recall that in one of Storm's incarnations she was worshipped as an African deity?

When I was researching Latina superheroes, the closest I got was Anya Corazon who came across (to me) as more like Joss Whedon's Kennedy meets "Teen Titan" Spiderman. Too diluted for my tastes. I wanted a character which would seem as if I went and found a long-lost reference in real-world cultural myth and then created a modern interpretation of that icon rather than making one up on my own or sloughing off some character/power/origin that already existed. It's what I most admired about Neil Gaiman's Endless -- it was an entirely new pantheon that was wholly, solidly real.

Hopefully, I did that. <:-)
bec_fitzpatrick
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Ah-ha! You're dusky dawn! *light bulb goes on* I remember this blurb over on the blueboards and thinking: I'd LOVE to read that book. Can't wait :)
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
*grin* Yes, that's me in one of my many online incarnations!

Glad you remembered the blurb favorably; that must mean that it's working!
parenthesised
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
oooh, I did read the blurb, and loved it. I just forgot it was you... *blushes*

But it does look brilliant. I love the concepts floating behind it as well. AND I got a mention. Today's a Good Day
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
YAY good days!

And thanks -- I think this means that my story's memorable! Cool!
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arya_darcy
Sep. 17th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
I remember reading this on the Blueboards too.
Wow! It still sounds so amazing. I can't wait till 2010.
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Let's see if it says the same thing after I get my revision letter(s)! ;-)
thegreatmissjj
Sep. 17th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Go you! This sounds incredibly intriguing. Can't wait to read it when it's out!
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
YAY! Thanks! Go you, too!
robinellen
Sep. 17th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yep, you rock :D
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
And you! ;-)
mirtlemist
Sep. 17th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Sounds terrific! Definitely goes on my list.
dawn_metcalf
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Hooray! I'm on a TBR list! Two years from now...!

Well, it's something to look forward to! ;-D
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