Fairytale retelling/Seeking full MS exchange
Hi! I’m Gabby. I write mostly YA novels, though also have published some poetry. I read voraciously and also knit, paint, and play video games.
I love urban fantasy (think Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher) but I will read any and everything. If it’s a good story, I can be drawn in by any genre. I can read horror as long as it doesn’t go too dark and scary.
I do not enjoy heavily erotic scenes, overly graphic violence, or anything involving trauma to small children. I have a son and anything involving violence to kids is very difficult for me (The Outsider by Stephen King is a recent example).
Willow just wants to go home and pretend that her freshman year of college never happened, but then a shadow snatches her half-brothers from their beds and carries them away to Neverland, and college is all but forgotten.
Tinkerbell tells Willow that the shadow belongs to Peter Pan, who uses it to kidnap children. To follow her brothers through the dark night and into Neverland, Willow is forced to take Tinkerbell captive. The Neverlanders know that those abducted by Pan are never seen again, but Willow refuses to accept that her brothers are lost forever. Once she gets to Neverland, Willow realizes it isn’t the magical place she remembers from stories. The fairies have all fled, the native village is nearly empty, and everyone who remains cowers in the darkness cast by Pan and his shadow.
With Tinkerbell as her navigator, and a very reluctant Captain Hook as her guard, Willow travels across Neverland in search of the shadow’s secret lair. She discovers that, sometimes, the stories get things wrong. Sometimes the good guy is an egomaniacal teenager in possession of some very dark magic. Sometimes the bad guy is your best chance. Willow hopes that the happy ending is one thing her story will get right.
I pulled a turquoise pendant out of the collar of my shirt. I ran it up and down the silver chain around my neck. The repetitive motion calmed me whenever I was nervous.
I’d lived in this house for ten years before I went away to college. You would think I would feel comfortable here. Zip. Zip. Zip. The pendant’s movements picked up speed as I stared at the front door.
The hair on the back of my neck prickled and I whipped my head around, expecting to find one of my brothers trying to sneak up on me, but the yard was empty. I shook my head and tugged at my necklace.
“Get a grip, Willow,” I mumbled. I hadn’t even been back for five minutes and my nerves were shot.
I took a deep breath before pasting a smile on my face. I hoped it looked more genuine than it felt. I didn’t want to trigger Mom’s radar when she opened the door. She had a sixth sense about trouble. I didn’t want to talk about my feelings for the entire first night I was home.
The door opened before I even rang the bell.
“Willow!” Mom squealed, pulling me into a fierce hug. Well, as fierce as she could manage. She was all of five feet tall if she was wearing heels and weighed as much as my left leg. I cranked my smile up a notch when my eyes met hers.
While I have had a few poems published, this is the first novel I am attempting to publish. It is the first part of a duology. I have written its sequel and that is in edits now.
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