The inside of my head is very similar to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory; it’s a terrifying, fantastical, amazing place to be with characters you can’t forget. (Gene Wilder or Johnny Depp, take your pick, I loved both!)
I would love to tell you that my ideas come in pretty blue packages with white ribbons.…but they don’t!
Characters of all genres whisper (and shout) their stories in my ear and I write them down to keep them from running on a continuous loop through my brain.
(Drum Roll Please)-**UPDATE- The manuscript I am sending into the #PitchWars arena is THE DEVIL’S BOX
THE DEVIL’S BOX. Dark YA psychological thriller. (think teenage Dexter)
As the only survivor of a bloody home invasion that left her family dead and her brother Carson’s body missing, eighteen-year-old Jersey is well aware she has become a special kind of crazy. To make sense of the tragedy, she has convinced herself that Death spared her for a reason; karmic cleansing. She was chosen to rid the world of as many bad people as she can.
Her damaged subconscious isn’t without creative flair. She has resurrected Carson into a mental projection only she can see. He acts not only as her colorful partner in crime but keeps her on task with her dark purpose serving as a painful reminder of how much she lost. When Jersey meets a young man named Kyle, a police officer’s brother, she finds herself consumed with thoughts of him in a way she never imagined. Carson vehemently disapproves.
Forced to meet in secret, falling for Kyle is incredibly inconvenient, but she begins to wonder if a normal life might be possible and questions how many murders she must commit before her debt is repaid. When a hit doesn’t go as planned and a new weapon of choice becomes available, the moral dilemma gets harder as she struggles not only to stay alive but remain one step ahead of the law.
As Jersey and Kyle’s worlds tragically collide, she must choose between the life she should have had and the life she was violently reborn into.
What I’m hoping for in a Mentor and eventually an Agent: First and foremost, someone who isn’t put off by the darkness of this book. I’d love to find a partner who is as excited about this story’s uniqueness as well as Jersey’s haunting, albeit twisted, strength. I crave guidance and support.
What I can offer in return: Unbridled enthusiasm, limitless ideas and passion for the craft. A mind completely open to revisions. My utmost respect and thanks. Best of all, I’m a wicked cook and baker so there will be food involved.
Getting to know me in 16 points or less
- I have four children ranging from 22 – 7. (My oldest is a Marine!)
- I run my own company so I’m a mild-mannered, unassuming adult by day and a super writer by night.
- I have 3 english bulldogs, 7 chickens, 8 rabbits, 2 ducks, 1 sugar glider, 2 birds and fish. (No I’m not kidding!)
- I am married and living in the suburbs of Chicago.
- I survive on a steady stream of coffee. No foamy drinks. Medium blend, cream only.
- I love to travel.
- I love visiting anything ridiculously old or rich in history when we travel, i.e., Pompeii, Acropolis, etc.
- I love to read about as much as I love to write.
- I am a great cook and I am humbled by good food, going to ridiculous lengths to get something I enjoy.
- I had a book published in my early 20’s but that went South when the publishing house shut its doors in the middle of the night never to reopen again. I’m pretty sure the whole thing was a scam but I have paperbacks with my (maiden) name on them and I did a Barnes and Noble book signing so there’s that.
- I believe in ghosts, the afterlife, angels, karma and soulmates (but not in the traditional way.) Call me crazy, but one day I’ll write a book about all that too!
- I have two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Journalism.
- I love the heat. The hotter the better. I whine a lot during winters here in Chicago.
- I’m a Walking Dead freak and will admit to hours long conversations with other TWD fans as to how we’d survive if it happened to us.
- I’m a sucker for a deep love story no matter how odd (Meet Joe Black).
- I am carrying on my grandmother’s tradition of hand making sugar eggs for the children in the family at Easter. They are entirely edible and every piece is made by hand.
There you have it. The ten cent tour. Looking forward to this mind-blowing journey and the new friends I’m going to make along the way! Ciao! (Damn I loved Eric Northman!)