Baker Street Prep

I am currently working on a piece titled “Charlotte Holmes and the Mystery of Baker Street Prep.” I have been working on it for nearly a year at this point. It started from an assignment in my Writing Children’s Stories class at Rowan University. I wrote a short portion of it for my middle grade assignment and it just started going places on its own.

I imagine if you write you know exactly what I’m talking about. Sometimes the story just works on its own to create its own content. That happened with Baker Street Prep for a few chapters. The school just created itself. The intertextual puns all came together like they were meant to be there. Even the atmosphere of the school, the dark green uniforms, the black jackets, even the crest I sketched out (which I no longer like); it all came together very smoothly.

Charlotte Holmes and Joanna Watson fit together like best friends and are still true to their referenced counterparts. I thought I was going to experience a lot of trouble bringing the personalities of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson into the minds of 12 year old girls. But is has worked out pretty well so far.

The plot, on the other hand, has not. I have been having difficulty thinking up the in between plot of the book. I know who I want to be the bad guys, I know how I want it to end. Somewhere in between is very hazy to me though. I have too many ideas for crimes the villain can commit and not all of them are appropriate for a middle grade novel. I’m keeping them all in a notebook so that I can use them in this series when the characters and the readers grow into the young adult age range.

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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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