Ann Marie Meyers talks about her middle-grade novel Up in the Air.
What inspired the plot for Up in the Air?
Actually, one day while I was meditating, the idea for the story popped into my mind. Some of the scenes were so vivid; it was mindboggling. I knew I had to write the story.
Is there an underlying message for the readers?
There are several actually, but the one that speaks to me the most is this one: Sometimes we need to trust that things will work out for the best.
What is Chimeroan like?
Imagine a place where everything imaginable can exist.
Chimeroan is such a place where dreams, all dreams, come true. I’m not talking about a wish or a simple desire, though, but about that deep feeling which we all experience at some time in our lives, when we know there’s something we want or something need to do.
A person’s experience on Chimeroan will be unique because the situations he or she encounters will depend on his or her conscious, and especially subconscious, thoughts. Fear, though essential on some levels, has a tendency to hold us back in life. A fear we are unaware of is even more powerful.
On Chimeroan, not only will a person realize his innate desires, but, he will encounter experiences that will help to make him aware of what it is that keeps them from realizing their dreams. Of course, not all experiences will be ‘pleasurable’. Yet I think it is crucial to be aware of our fears in order to be free to fly.
Is Up in the Air a standalone novel or is it part of a series?
As of now, it is a standalone novel.
If you could have any super power, would you choose flying?
OMG! I would love to fly. I have dreamed of flying since I was young; not like Melody, but I have had actual dreams where I fly (without wings though). It is one of the most amazing dream experiences I have ever had.
Are you working on any new projects?
Yes. I am currently revising a YA book entitled Out of My Skin. This book is a coming of age story set in Trinidad in 1969, and involves the folklore of the islands.
What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?
I would love to be able to heal people with a thought. When I was a child, I wanted to spend a few weeks or months working in every profession. I think laughter is one of the greatest healers of all time.
Up in the Air
Ever since she can remember, ten-year-old Melody has always wanted to fly.
And when she leaps off a swing in the park one day and lands in the mystical realm of Chimeroan, her dream finally comes true. She is given a pair of wings. She can fly! Life cannot be any better.
Yet, dreams do come with a price. Even with wings, Melody realizes she cannot outfly the memories of her past. The car accident that has left her father paralyzed, and her unscarred, still plagues her with guilt—she believes that it was entirely her fault.
In Chimeroan, Melody is forced to come to terms with her part in her father’s accident. She must choose between the two things that have become the world to her: keeping her wings or healing her father.
Genre: middle grade, fantasy
Ann Marie Meyers
Ann Marie Meyers grew up in Trindad and Tobago in the West Indies. She has a degree in languages and translates legal and technical documents from French and Spanish into English. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and energetic daughter. Meyers is an active member of SCBWI and facilitates a children’s writing group twice a month.