by Stephanie Blake
Sometimes, inspiration comes from the little things.
I got the idea for my book, THE MARBLE QUEEN, on a Sunday morning. I was having coffee and reading the newspaper, when I came across an article about a men who were had won national marble shooting competition some fifty years ago. I wondered why girls hadn't participated in the competitions. An idea for a story was born.
Ten-year old Freedom Jane McKenzie longs to enter and win the local marble-shooting competition, even though everyone, including her difficult Mama, tells her that marbles are for boys.