My name is Veronica, and I have written about 60% of a MG action adventure novel targeted at advanced readers. I also have the beginning few chapters and an outline for a YA urban fantasy action adventure.
I’m 52, and I have spent the bulk of my life writing in government and finance, but started writing this book a few years ago after a brain injury, as my ability to write was the only thing that was not impacted. Since then, I’ve battled cancer and myriad other upheavals in life, and have clawed my way through to finish my Masters in December 2022.
This year, I’ve decided to finish the MG novel and get serious about the research for my YA novel. But I would dearly love to work with a critique partner as I think it would help me focus in a way my husband, friends and family cannot. I believe that I would be a good CP as well, but I suppose that is for you to decide!
I am open to reviewing a full manuscript if we decide we are a good fit, but once we are acquainted with each other’s work, I am hoping that we can get into a scheduled chapter review every 1-3 weeks if possible… I get the distinct feeling that this is the closest to an online dating profile that I have written in a very long time, lol!
My non-writing hobbies revolve around cooking, dining and entertaining, although COVID and my various health issues sure put a damper on that, lol. But onwards and upwards!
I am a life long fan of hard science fiction, with occasional and limited forays into fantasy (HP, LOTR, etc). A good friend is a children’s librarian, so she got me into reviewing MG books for her, which is how I discovered HP in the early days.
I am mixed race, from a family of immigrants, so I appreciate BIPOC MCs that aren’t tropes and caricatures. I have also enjoyed literary fiction, and am open to other genres not withstanding the “hard no” list!
I do not like horror or erotica, and can only stomach romance as a side plot. But most of all, I can’t stand scattered, sloppy, lazy or incomprehensible writing, regardless of genre.
Bo, Strawberry and Hammie Stetson are the children of mega-movie star and international humanitarian diplomat Willow Stetson, and the most famous rock star in the world, Ned “Stryder” Stetson. The kids think they’re too old for nannies, and their harried parents are getting desperate to find someone to win their kids over. A mysterious new nanny enters their lives, and the kids soon discover a secret organization battling evil and find themselves drawn into danger and intrigue…
Green, red and yellow floating blobs blurred Bo’s eyes. The flashes from the paparazzi’s cameras and the bright TV lights lining the red carpet competed for his attention. Compared to the 4,000-watt searchlights flooding the rainy night sky, the traffic and streetlights were hardly noticeable.
Bo shrank back against the calm steadiness of his dad as the crush of reporters and fans surged toward them. A wave of noise and shouting washed over them.
“Ned! Over here!”
“Stryder, I loooooooove yooooooouuuuuuuuuu!”
The security team kept the people back, just barely a foot away. They were screaming for Dad’s attention.
“Dad…” Bo grasped his dad’s hand tight while his sister Berry surveyed the crowd with her jaw thrust forward, her eyes drinking in everything. Almost everyone’s attention was focused on their dad, Ned “Stryder” Stetson, the world’s most famous rock star.
“You’ll be OK, Bo. I have to let go, but don’t worry, we’re safe.” Dad had leaned down to speak into Bo’s ear. Dad let go of his hand and gave Bo a reassuring squeeze on the shoulder, and stepped into the frenzy of fans, photographers and reporters.
Bo watched as Dad waved and posed for selfies with a few lucky fans and conducted several quick interviews with reporters.
Dad had just finished his stint as a celebrity judge on the wildly popular TV competition show called You’re the Next Big Star. Bo and his sister had accompanied Dad to the live broadcast, and now it was time to go home after a long, but exciting day.
My other project is a YA urban fantasy set in America and Japan.
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