Things that inspire me to write #10: The Queen Who Stole the Sky

the queen who stole the sky


Apparently I have always harbored a weakness for really pretty clothes. One of my favorite books as child (after Cinderella for Obvious Reasons), The Queen Who Stole the Sky, is about a woman who cuts down the sky and turns it into a ball gown—her hem shimmering with golden stars and rose colored sunsets as she swishes across the dance floor.

Not only did I spend long periods of time admiring the beautiful frock portrayed in this book, wondering how it would look on my ten year old body, but the story also become the catalyst for my very first and suspicious similarly titled short story, the Queen Who Stole the Ocean.

Okay, so it wasn’t that original, but still, it did get me started writing and sometimes that is the most important step,

So thank you Queen, you inspired me then, and only continue to do so.

9 thoughts on “Things that inspire me to write #10: The Queen Who Stole the Sky

  1. Dear Jackie,

    I am the author of the Queen who Stole the Sky. I am so pleased that it inspired you. It has been out of print since 1999. I am a teacher and live in London, Uk. I still write,but it is a tough market. I am trying to get an agent at the moment. Thanks for making my day!


      1. Hi Shyloe, I am not the author, only a fan. But thanks for reading the post, good luck.

      2. Hi there, I’m not sure how this works lol so I left a reply hoping Jennifer might see it. Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Jennifer. I hope you get this. I have been searching and searching for anything on you, and so far this is the first place I have found that I might be able to communicate with you. I have been looking for this book everywhere. Is it not being sold at all anymore? Is there no way to get it? It was my favorite book as a child and unfortunately my mother got rid of all my childhood books when she thought I grew out of them. I have a daughter and really want to share this book with her as I am sure she will love it as much as I did. Please let me know. I’m in Canada. Not sure you can help but I thought I’d try. 🙂
      Thanks so much,

  2. My pleasure! like I said, I really did and still do love this book…any agent would be lucky to have you! I can’t wait to see what you share with the world next…especially now that I have a little one of my own (though sadly he is not nearly as interested in starry gowns as I am). Thanks for the comment, that made my day too!

  3. I love this book. I used to have it as a kid but can’t seem to find it!! I looke online and all copies are outrageously expensive! I see that Jennifer commented on this – is there any way this can be put back into print or does anyone know where I can get a copy?!

  4. I love this post! I am seeing this almost 10 years after you posted this. I too have been inspired by Jennifer Garrett’s book and think of it often. Nice to see I am not the only person who pines for this lovely book.

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