It’s Spotlight Time!
All month long we’re going to be chatting with a few of the awesome authors
behind the middle grade anthology:
THIS IS OUR RAINBOW
A boyband fandom becomes a conduit to coming out. A former bully becomes a first-kiss prospect. One nonbinary kid searches for an inclusive athletic community after quitting gymnastics. Another nonbinary kid, who happens to be a pirate, makes a wish that comes true–but not how they thought it would. A tween girl navigates a crush on her friend’s mom. A young witch turns herself into a puppy to win over a new neighbor. A trans girl empowers her online bestie to come out.
From wind-breathing dragons to first crushes, This Is Our Rainbow features story after story of joyful, proud LGBTQIA+ representation. You will fall in love with this insightful, poignant anthology of queer fantasy, historical, and contemporary stories from authors including: Eric Bell, Lisa Jenn Bigelow, Ashley Herring Blake, Lisa Bunker, Alex Gino, Justina Ireland, Shing Yin Khor, Katherine Locke, Mariama J. Lockington, Nicole Melleby, Marieke Nijkamp, Claribel A. Ortega, Mark Oshiro, Molly Knox Ostertag, Aisa Salazar, and AJ Sass.
Today we’re chatting with one of the contributing authors, Marieke Nijkamp!
This is Marieke. Everyone say, “Hi, Marieke!”
Welcome to Kick-butt Kidlit, Marieke! Tell us about yourself!
I’m Marieke Nijkamp (she/they/any). I’m a writer of novels, graphic novels, and comics, including the upcoming At The End of Everything, Critical Role—Vox Machina: Kith & Kin, and the Hawkeye: Kate Bishop miniseries. I’m a geek, I’m a lapsed historian, and these days, I’m also an amateur gardener.
What was the inspiration behind your contribution to THIS IS OUR RAINBOW?
I wanted to write a story in the tradition of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books—and books like Tonke Dragt’s The Letter for the King, which I devoured growing up—but with actual gender feels. A story about kids who dreams of becoming knights, but who don’t feel like they fit in with the world around them. My main character is Splinter, the “unfortunate youngest” of an old noble family, whose uncle and guardian has very different ideas of what is right and proper. Splinter is determined to find her own path, so on the night of the kingdom’s youngest princess’s birthday party, Splinter sneaks out to the festivities wearing her brother’s old squire gear, and chaos ensues.
What’s your favourite line from your story in THIS IS OUR RAINBOW?
“In all fairness to the guards, I wasn’t just the person who punched the prince. I was the person who gave the prince a black eye and didn’t regret it.”
What are you currently reading?
What’s your best piece of kick-butt advice?
Probably in line with what Splinter would say as well: Follow your own path. Not everything worth doing is easy, but it is worth doing.
Splinter (and you) are very wise!
Thank you so much for joining us, Marieke!
Kick-butt Kidlit friends, make sure you check out THIS IS OUR RAINBOW!
It hits shelves on October 19th!
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Thanks for reading!
The next KBKL Spotlight on This Is Our Rainbow post features: Ashley Herring Blake!
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