Furthermore: What Makes YOU Uniquely Fabulous?


We’re all unique human beings. And in Furthermore, Alice feels out of place in her world, but is eager to prove her worth and talent.

TaherehMafiHere’s what the book is about: The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

So we talked to the writers on Fangirlish and asked them for their talents!


Sarah: What makes me uniquely fabulous, is frankly that I’m me. I’m Sarah Elanor Thomas, I played violin for six years, weird to boot, turning into a chronic writer and that no matter how painful life can be, I would rather feel everything with my whole heart than bury anything beneath the surface. People tend to identify that I wear my heart on my sleeve and while that’s technically true, what I really like is I refuse to give up on feeling because it’s easier to be “realistic”. Screw that. I’ve had my heart broken because I went out on a limb, rejected and had my feelings hurt, but all that is worth the smile of someone I was able to help brighten their day a little bit even if took hours or days of effort. I’m not afraid to live life, and that’s all the fabulous I need. 🙂

Lauren: Part of the kaleidoscope of attributes that makes me unique is that I am a knitter. How I learned to knit is an odd story. It started when I was five. My older cousin taught me, although now, she has no memory of teaching me. I joke that I think body snatchers were involved.

For twelve years I made nothing but garters stitch scarves.At sixteen, I sold them to friends, relatives, and relative’s friends and coworkers to get spending money.

Then when I arrived at college, I found that my school had a Stitch and Bitch group, a small group of people who would gather and knit. It was low pressure and a very relaxing hobby. I decided that if I was going to regularly attend I had to learn to knit something else.

So, after making a Doctor Who scarf–I project I projected to take most of the fall–in about three weeks, I decided to see what else I could. So I taught myself how to make a skirt, and then a hat, and then a knit dress, then a sweater.

To this day, I don’t take a trip or go anywhere without my knitting. What no one seems to get is that it is a social hobby and that I can knit and talk at the same time. Now, if only I could figure out how to knit and turn a page.

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