30 Apr
Hey everyone! This week I’m super-psyched to host James Mihaley, author of YOU CAN’T HAVE MY PLANET BUT TAKE MY BROTHER, PLEASE (that title–can’t even get over how much I love it!) Here’s a little more about his debut:

Thirteen-year-old Giles is the last person anyone would expect to save the planet. he’s not as charming as his little sister, and not as brainy as his goody-goody older brother. But when Giles witnesses an alien realtor showing Earth to possible new tenants, he knows he’d better do something. With the help of an alien “attorney” and the maddest scientist in middle-grade fiction, Giles just might save humans from eviction from Earth. Let’s hope so. The alternatives are…not so hospitable.

But wait, you say! The main character in that book isn’t a little girl – it’s a boy! Maybe, but YOU CAN’T HAVE MY PLANET BUT TAKE MY BROTHER, PLEASE contains some of the coolest female characters in fiction. Read on to learn more!

My four favorite female characters in literature all reside in my middle grade novel, ‘You Can’t Have My Planet But Take My Brother, Please’. What a coincidence that they’re all in one book! Although I have a male protagonist, and the whacky humor and sci-fi adventure appeal to boys, I was committed to creating female characters who were vibrant and unforgettable. Here they are:

1. Tula: She is a thirteen year old alien environmental lawyer. Tula is representing humanity against the forces who are trying to evict us from Earth because we’re such lousy tenants. She is brilliant, fearless and has major connections, like Dr. Melissa Sprinkles.

2. Dr. Melissa Sprinkles: She is an alien mad scientist. She invented an army of androids that can turn paper back into trees and will help restore Earth to its original splendor. Dr. Sprinkles has a moveable face. When you’re talking to her, it will dart all over her body, so you really need to stay focused.

3. Nikki: She is the six year old little sister of my main character, Giles. Nikki is a violin prodigy. In the book she plays the sheet music for the Music Of The Spheres. The real Music Of The Spheres, composed in Infinity. The hypnotic notes from Nikki’s violin create a sound frequency which helps trigger an environmental miracle on Earth.

4. Princess Petulance: On the dark side we have the Princess. She is hoping the humans will get evicted. Then she will take over Earth. She has a pirate tattoo on her arm. He is alive. He has a miniature cannon and likes to aim it at people. Watch out. There’s a pea-sized cannonball coming at you right now!


One Response to “James Mihaley, and the Girls of YOU CAN’T HAVE MY PLANET BUT TAKE MY BROTHER, PLEASE”


  1. Middle Grade…er…Monday. Right, Monday: James Mihaley « Writing Triggers - May 1, 2012

    […] Click here to find out what James has to say about the female  characters in his debut! Show me some love:TwitterFacebookDiggStumbleUponLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

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