Tabitha Olson (tabwriter on QT) has signed with agent Andrea Cascardi of .
I wrote this book after witnessing the inadvertant humiliation of an overweight woman at a swimming pool. She was there to swim laps, and a little boy asked his mom "Why is that lady so fat?" The mom replied (quite loudly) "Because she eats too much." I was appalled. This complete stranger summed up a woman's life in a single assumption, at the same time teaching her son that it's okay to be rude to others. Writing this book was my way of doing something about that situation.
Fifteen year old Rose Connolly has been groomed since birth to become the spokes-model for the most successful cosmetics company in America. She will be the fifth girl in her family to inherit this position, and is ready. Well, almost ready. Somehow, she has gained fifty pounds in the past three months – but this is temporary! All she has to do is work hard, exercising and eating right, and she will get her weight back to normal. Plain and simple. So why can’t her parents, the press, and her classmates accept this and leave her alone?
This story, titled Royal Rose, is about an overweight girl who comes from a famously beautiful family, and must deal with judgments and public opinion based on her appearance. She learns to make the best of the cards that life has dealt, even if it means drawing a few from the deck.
I believe this book will appeal to fans of Sara Zarr, Simone Elkeles, and Catherine Murdock, as well as those with thyroid conditions. This story walks the line between literary and commercial.
In 2002, I received an Honorable Mention in the Children’s Fiction area of the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition. I have graduated from two writing courses at the Institute of Children ’s Literature. I am also a member of SCBWI, and write the “News Roundup” column for the SCBWI-IL newsletter, The Prairie Wind. I have been writing for twenty years, but did not consider publishing my work until eight years ago. Since then, I have sought out ways to hone my craft, and will continue to do so until I’m unable to pick up a pen.
I would be happy to send the entire manuscript, which contains approximately 55,000 words. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.