Complete, searching for an agent and publisher
BECOMING ARAMINTA (70,000 words) a fast-paced upmarket story with a speculative premise. Themes of found family, coming of age, embracing one’s differences (Ruby, as myself, is an empath and on the asexual spectrum), and holds a cautionary mirror to our current society. It is a stand-alone that hints at a series.
Maryland, 2032. Ruby Araminta Roth is an orphan with a life-contract dooming her to labor in the mega-poultry industry of the small nation, the United States of the Atlantic. That doesn’t stop the empathic young woman from dreaming of the West, a land untainted by colonialism but off-limits to her kind. Her involvement with Colin, a free-worker on his way to the top, is the only thing giving her hope—but sensitivity to Colin’s true nature is her one blind spot.
After the worst happens, Ruby risks her life and flees west. Crossing the unspoiled continent with help from a secret network, she is hunted by a US shepherd officer with a personal vendetta, a western Republic tracker haunted by visions she cannot explain, and a woman pursuing Ruby for her own secret reason. Ruby’s journey will change her in ways she never expected, but will she reach the one person who knows who she really is?
STATION ELEVEN meets UNDERGROUND AIRLINES meets ALWAYS COMING HOME by Ursula Le Guin. It will also appeal to fans of THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave.
GHOST THERAPY, 80,000 words. Fantasy
Group therapy can tough—being dead, doesn’t make it any different.
An accidental overdose transports 17-year-old Lelia into an inexplicable afterlife—neither heaven nor hell—dubbed The Between. She’s trapped there with a handful of other souls, including Suzie, a middle-aged actress; two once well-known women from history; and Karim, a boy her own age. When they’re all ordered to attend art therapy, there’s just one catch, the therapist is Suzie, who, you guessed it, played one on TV.
Under the deep ebony sky of the Between, where everything is seen as if a vibrant, color-saturated filter has been applied, and mysterious, never-remembered beings seem to be in charge, the five struggle to come to terms with why they’ve been forced together. Eventually they’ll discover the surprising ways they are all connected, that one of them doesn’t belong, and happen to create a piece of art that will link them for eternity.
THE GOOD PLACE meets WRISTCUTTERS meets THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN