YA Dark Contemporary Fantasy with Horror Elements (97k | Complete)
Greetings, random internet person.
I have been writing on and off for about 11 years, but never professionally. In that time have written some embarassing fanfic, completed 3 very awful original novels, and have recently finished the 4th draft of a story I am cautiously optimistic about.
I am a Capricorn and an INTP, if that means anything to you. Old enough that no one has carded me in years. Of the female variety and of the LGBTQ persuasion. Lover of musicals (especially those bootlegs on Youtube, ya know what I’m saying? *suggestive eyebrow wriggle*), cringey comedies, binge watching TV shows and cats. If you have one or more cats, I demand regular updates on their lives, with pictures. They are now my cats too. I am also anxiety ridden and have the attention span of a flea.
I have 15 years experience proof reading and formatting documents. I have participated as a CP a few times before, so I don’t require any potty training.
Be my friend? 😀
Warnings for the project I need help with: There is violence, gore, blood magic, some off screen cannibalism, colorful language, etc. Some LGBT subtext, but that is not the point of this particular story. No romance. First person, present tense.
I really like character driven fiction. I want to get obsessed over characters!
Urban/contemporary fantasy is my jam. I love it in YA, I love it in adult.
Themes in particular that I enjoy:
- The fae (give me your October Dae’s!)
- Magic and abilities (big weakness for blood magic)
- Masquerade societies
- Extranormal institutes (Brakebills, Hogwarts, etc.)
- Occult detectives (looking at you Harry Dresden)
- Monster boys/girls (that exist for reasons other than romance)
- Magical realism
- Found families
- The power of friendship
- Monsters that eat people (people that eat people works for me too)
- Flawed anti-heroes
If, on the rare occasion, I am in the mood for romance, my go to tropes are:
- The grumpy character eventually falling for the sunshine character
- Friends to lovers (even better if childhood friends)
- But there was one bed! (lol, my fandom is showing)
- Pretend/fake relationship
- Enemies to lovers
Eh, it’s more of a soft no, but I’m not too fond of scifi, things set before the 80s, chosen one, religious things, sexual violence or memoirs.
I am also not the best fit for straight up romance. But if it’s a slow burn that’s not the focus of the story, I might ship it. Double chance of shipping if its queer characters.
Love triangles. I somehow always end up rooting for the wrong person, and then I am sad my ship didn’t sail.
For 16-year-old Baen Balcrome, secrets and lies are key to survival. His mission has always been clear: Protect his mother. Protect his family. Protect himself. Don’t let anyone close enough to discover the ghost in his room, or the hidden ritual room in the toolshed. Besides, there is no good way of preparing someone that Baen might spontaneously re-live his own death in the middle of the night, or have a surprise visit from the mind healer to ensure he hasn’t turned some kind of foaming-at-the-mouth crazy.
When the healer dies, it should be the end of the old bag’s psychic assaults, but Mrs. Nicolae’s spirit is not so easily calmed. She shows up at Baen’s door with a gift and an offer to help him tap into his family’s dormant blood magic. Magic he was raised to believe he could never wield.
Baen should know better than to trust her. Twelve years of her ripping into his mind have taught him that. And yet, that promise of power is so alluring…
I’m in my room when the doorbell rings. My father and the twins haven’t been gone an hour yet. I spent that time listening to my mother fretting about in the kitchen. I wish I was a good enough son to wait with her, instead of cowering upstairs like a nervous rat.
There’s another impatient ring, long and insistent. My stomach twists for the nth time today, but I choke it back. No point in vomiting now. There will be better reasons for it later.
Time to get this over with.
I make it halfway down the stairs when the inevitable happens: a single, sharp creak.
I hold my breath. When there’s no immediate response to the noise, I gingerly lift my foot. The stair creaks again.
The conversation in the kitchen stops.
I think this story has series potential, so I have been fiddling with an outline for book 2.
Other stories that may or may not be written in the future:
- YA female MC who gets accidentally inducted into a secret society
- A college for the offspring of demons (thinking something hunger games meets the magicians)
- A guy and the unicorn he can’t get out of his apartment
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