Supernatural YA thriller/mystery with some serial killer horror/violence
Hi, I’m Adrian, and I’m looking for a friend/CP to exchange feedback with, but also to just generally talk about the writing life.
A little bit about my project: When clairvoyant seventeen year-old Danira Vissaude and her best friend Kirk discover a classmate’s dead body on the cursed grounds of Liberty Ranch Manor, they find themselves at the heart of a mystery that’s only just beginning to unravel. Their hometown of Grapewood has been plagued by serial killers since its founding, and at first, this seems like just one more murder to add to the list. But when one of Danira’s premonitions reveals that her crush will be the next to die, both Kirk and Danira will stop at nothing to save him, even if that means joining the mysterious research team whose leader knows more about the supernatural — and the murders — than either of them are comfortable with.
I’ve been working on this project for a while… this is something like my fourth re-write, among many other half-finished re-writes, so I’m looking for someone who is also in the editing phase and ideally has also struggled with molding their first draft into something pretty and shiny!
Non-writing hobbies: Art, hiking, dancing, good food, anime/manga, Disney, and travelling. I’m a California native who is now living in Montana, so I’m always down to talk California 🙂
I love enemies-to-lovers, friends-to-lovers, well-written love triangles, and friendship stories. I generally love fantasy, but I’m not super into high fantasy, although I will read it if there are strong, interesting relationships. I love intriguing character dynamics and relationships that really evolve/reveal themselves to be something surprisingly complex. I generally like fast-paced storytelling, so if you’re writing an intentionally slow book, I’m probably not the right person for you.
I really don’t like anything to do with cyber-crime. I’m kind of sick of dystopian too. Anything very futuristic is really kind of a hard sell for me. Also, anything that draws inspiration from Game of Thrones.
Described above! There is some gore and gruesome imagery, since this book is about a serial killer. Think Hannibal Lecter (although this killer is not a cannibal).
If there’s one thing Grapewood’s famous for, it’s serial killers.
Over the past 157 years, our tiny alfalfa field of a town has had a total of two. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but with a population of only five hundred people, that puts your lifetime odds of being murdered here at almost ten percent. That’s higher than New York, Chicago, and Detroit combined.
The last murder was more than twenty years ago, but people still have two or three locks on their doors. Everyone has an alarm, and it’s not weird to sleep with a knife by your bed.
There are some people, mostly superstitious grandpas and crotchety old ladies, who think our town is cursed. And although most people think that’s bullshit, almost everyone still wonders if Grapewood will ever have a third killer.
When I cut the engine on my beat-up old Corolla at the front gates of Liberty Ranch Manor, I’m wondering the same thing. It’s 5:45 am — an hour before dawn — and I’m parked on the road where all the murders are said to have happened.
I’m working on a manga submission for Viz Originals right now. Nothing else in the works, but want to write a mermaid story and a wish-fulfillment-gone-wrong story in the future.
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