Nano Novels Get Published and Here’s Proof #4

It’s November and that means it’s NANOWRIMO. To celebrate my first Nanowrimo novel, Zero Repeat Forever being on the way to publication by Simon & Schuster I’m featuring many published or soon-to-be-published Nanowrimo novels over the month of November.

Today I’m featuring Hannah Moskowitz‘s novel Not Otherwise Specified which she wrote during Nano 2012.

Here’s a synopsis:

Etta is tired of dealing with all of the labels and categories that seem so important to everyone else in her small Nebraska hometown.

Everywhere she turns, someone feels she’s too fringe for the fringe. Not gay enough for the Dykes, her ex-clique, thanks to a recent relationship with a boy; not tiny and white enough for ballet, her first passion; and not sick enough to look anorexic (partially thanks to recovery). Etta doesn’t fit anywhere— until she meets Bianca, the straight, white, Christian, and seriously sick girl in Etta’s therapy group. Both girls are auditioning for Brentwood, a prestigious New York theater academy that is so not Nebraska. Bianca seems like Etta’s salvation, but how can Etta be saved by a girl who needs saving herself?

The latest powerful, original novel from Hannah Moskowitz is the story about living in and outside communities and stereotypes, and defining your own identity.

Hannah wanted to share her playlist for writing this book and not surprisingly, it’s pretty eclectic:

Cry When You Get Older — Robyn
Ships in the Night — Mat Kearney
We Dance to the Beat — Robyn
Beverly Hills — Weezer
I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous — Frank Turner
Read My Mind (Like Rebel Diamonds mix) — The Killers
Mean — Taylor Swift
Dancing On My Own–Robyn
At The Ballet — A Chorus Line, new cast recording
At The Ballet — A Chorus Line, original broadway recording
White Horse –Taylor Swift
In The Sun — Joseph Arthur

And because Taylor Swift’s “Mean” was once one of my daughter’s faves, here’s the video:

While we’re at it, check Hannah’s latest book, 3.

You just have to be a brave and certain kind of person, and I don’t think that I am. I’m sarcastic and loyal and a little shy. I’m quietly and slightly Catholic. I’m a daughter trying to learn how to be a sister. I’m a virgin. I’m a butterflier.

I’ve never been in love.

Taylor Cipriano had everything figured out, back when she lived with her single mother in Miami. Now, she’s moved upstate for her junior year to live with her mom’s boyfriend and her soon-to-be-stepsister and is trying to figure out who she is out of the shadow of her best friend. When she meets Theo—quirky, cute, sensitive Theo—he seems like a great match…except he has a girlfriend. Josey, icy and oh-so-intimidating.

But Theo and Josey aren’t like anyone Taylor’s met before; Josey grew up in a polyamorous family, and the two of them have a history of letting a third person in to their relationship. It’s nothing Taylor’s ever considered before…but she really likes Theo.

Her feelings for Josey, though?

That’s where it really gets complicated.

3 unwraps who we love and how we love, in numbers as odd as we are.

 

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