Searching for a YA critique partner
I enjoy reading different genres and love to find Easter eggs and foreshadowing. My favorite main characters are multifaceted and have a sense of humor.
I am currently querying a YA paranormal romance, editing a YA speculative romance, and illustrating a picture book. I am eager to hone my WIP to add it to my list for querying while looking for agents. It is in the editing stage, and I am twiddling with the end of act 2 and some of act 3.
I spend much of my time reigning over my tiny industry of otter-inspired wares as the owner and illustrator of Otter Things™. When I’m not busy in the office, I use my zoology degree as a New York State Bluebird Ambassador for the NYS Bluebird Society and a Len Anderson Memorial Bluebird Trail member. I enjoy hiking nature’s hidden trails, photography, and finding fantasies under every stone.
I enjoy stories of hope, fantastical worlds (real and imaginary), humor (light and dark), friends to lovers, friends to friends, HEA, HFN, quests, and adventures. Probably not the best fit for suspense and mystery, but I can offer general writing advice in those genre’s
Graphic violence, graphic sex, suicide, social justice/political, abusive relationships.
Sixteen-year-old Ferne Tippet earned top grades and popularity in school until a stroke brakes her brain and fractured her speech. Struggling to say what’s on her mind, she’s afraid of failing her classes and her boyfriend. Her best friend Benny wants to stick by her side and admit his feelings for her, but a mysterious mental connection with animals gives her a chance to speak normally.
Making some new furry and feathered friends is just the opportunity she needs to give her hope and purpose, but it attracts too much attention and brings on headaches. Now she needs to keep others from finding out about her new gift while not having another mental breakdown. This manuscript blends themes of CURSED by Karol Ruth Silverstein and ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST.
You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but I was broken. I wasn’t in a cast or hobbling around on crutches. From the outside, I looked like every other kid at school, probably better. I had supportive parents, close-knit friends, and excellent grades. Nonetheless, I wasn’t whole anymore, and I couldn’t tell anyone how much it hurt because I couldn’t get the words out of my head. Like the staccato rhythm of the crickets outside my bedroom window, my damaged brain cried out, hoping someone would hear me. Understand me.
Tomorrow was the first day of school, and I stood at my desk, pondering the stack of binders and supplies. I wasn’t ready. How do I tell people about summer break when summer broke my brain?
I glanced at the bulletin board above my desk. Among the various post-it-notes, inspirational chocolate wrappers, and a dehydrated daisy chain, four high school freshmen smiled at me from last year’s spring dance photo. Although I was sure rumors spread about my stroke over the summer, my three close friends were the only ones that knew the whole story. A story that I struggled to tell.
I couldn’t even say Broca’s aphasia. The syllables of my affliction caught on my tongue. It might as well have been called pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. You’d have to take a deep breath before trying to say that one—unless you had the disease.
The crickets continued chirping their nighttime chorus while I reminisced about the night…
I enjoy writing about what happens in the child’s/teen’s mind. I am fascinated with why we do what we do. My work inevitably leans toward some love and understanding aspect, even when I don’t try. I also enjoy wildlife and am considering writing a non-fiction book on animals in the future.
If you would like to beta read my previous work, please let me know.
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