Big breath! After Pitch Wars, I'm more focused that ever on finding an agent. Not any agent, one who jumps into my YA story CROSS OVER with both feet and doesn't surface until the end. The contest was a learning experience, probably just as much in risk-taking as in writing a short, dynamite query and perfecting my synopsis. The Pitch Wars contest had over 1500 entries. Only 45 YA mentees were chosen. Not me. But two of the mentors I had selected wrote me personal emails praising my story and writing. One gave a suggestion to add to the first pages to heighten suspense. Very kind of Jaye Robin Brown (NO PLACE TO FALL, a realistic contemporary story about a teen with great potential who makes some seriously bad choices.) I'm rooting for Jaye and her mentee, Allie Schellong, as well as several other yet-to-debut authors and their mentors. More than anything else, Pitch Wars fosters writers helping writers.
For now, I am researching agents and submitting queries to the best. My enthusiasm is far from waning. CROSS OVER has all the elements and will find its place. I know this book will benefit from an agent's and later, an editor's careful editing. It will change, tighten. CROSS OVER has already been enhanced by the expert eye of writing coach and author Joyce Sweeney. The Pitch Wars contest was a valuable Pit Stop. We're ready to get back on the track!
Author of Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction
Published by Guardian Angel Publishing December 2014:
Jeremiah Lucky and the Guardian Angel
Jeremiah needs a little help and he gets it with the sudden appearance of his guardian angel. Chapter book for ages 7-10.
Jeremiah Lucky Finds Puppy Love
Jeremiah dodges a kiss from a princess and falls head over heels for a lost puppy. Chapter book for ages 7-10.
Watch for these titles coming soon:
The Whispering Chimney
Eleven-year old Bethany finds a stone chimney and discovers a beautiful but terrifying past. (upper middle grade)
(Beyond the) Stone Eagle Gate
David, age fifteen, flees a false accusation and takes refuge in a haunted, abandoned mansion. (YA, historical fiction ghost story)
The Interplanetary Adventures of Yan Sunnara: Book I Rescue on Lato
Cultural scientist Yan Sunnara rescues an unusual child on the planet of Lato with the help of an exotic and beautiful Uvian archaeologist. (Adult, soft Science Fiction, Rescue on Lato is the first of a series of four novellas.)
Three teens are connected by a mysterious and sometimes frightening ability to cross over from one dimension here on earth to another. This YA novel placed in the top three in Florida Writers 2013 RPLA competition. Speculative Fiction.
Some Great MG and YA books
- Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
- These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
- Red Blood Road by Moira Young
- On Little Wings by Regina Sirois
- Nation by Terry Pratchett
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Printz 2012)
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- Fire by Kristin Cashore