Lena (Helena and Malena)'s latest update for Sparked

Jul 28, 2016

Sparked followers! Hear the bugle call! We are making a book video to promote the novel once our campaign launches in September, and we need help! Are you or were you once a teenaged girl? Do you know a teenaged girl (a daughter? a niece or neighbor?) who might be in the range of, oh, let’s say ages 11-29? We define adolescence loosely, not convinced that we’ve fully outgrown it yet ourselves...

Sparked is a novel about what happens when mean girls get superpowers and have to save the world. For our launch video, we need quotes from a couple of teenage girls. We’d be super-grateful to anyone who is willing to participate. It’s quite simple. All you need is an iphone or whathaveyou. Film yourself answering the following questions:

a) What’s the meanest thing any girl has ever done to you?

b) And/or: What’s the meanest thing you’ve ever done to another girl?

Your answer doesn’t need to be more than a sentence of two (the entire video is going to be less than a minute). E.g. “One time my so-called friends got together and made a list of all my worst qualities and read it out to me so I could ‘work on myself.’ It was five pages long.” (True story!)

If you are willing to help out by filming yourself answering these questions, or if you know a teen who might find this exercise amusing, please send the video to helena.echlin@gmail.com or malenawatrous@gmail.com. Of course, you will earn a place in the acknowledgments and our undying gratitude. We would also be happy to share a PDF of the whole novel with anyone who wants to read it now as a show of our gratitude. For any aspiring writers, we’d be more than happy to read a chapter of your stuff and/or offer general advice on careers in writing. Oh, and we have a writing advice column, so you can also send questions here:


Thank you so much in advance for your help! This is such an amazing community of writers supporting each other in all kinds of ways. It’s really exciting to see how we can build each other up and get our books out into the world.

Warmly, ’Lena (Helena and Malena)