Young Adult

DEEP SECRETS, my YA mystery, is available. Here’s the pitch:

Two months ago, seventeen-year-old Janie Davenport was found wandering a Georgia beach with second-degree burns on her arms and hands and no memory of what happened. She learns an accident on her family’s yacht caused it to burn before it sank, taking the remains of her parents and best friend to the ocean floor. Recovering from scars both inside and out, Janie returns to school under the watchful gaze of her new guardian—an aunt who had been previously ostracized by Janie’s family.

Her snooping uncovers the accident report, and she’s horrified to discover the deaths could be murder. Janie will stop at nothing to find out who committed the crime. Selective breaking and entering leads her to two primary suspects: her dad’s shady business partner who profited from her father’s death, and her aunt, a woman with a sketchy past she’s determined to hide. Unsure where to turn next, Janie enlists the help of cute but snarky Emanuel Sanchez, a fellow high school senior who thinks that doing community service in the library means he can call himself a librarian. As if she believes lounging around in the library’s “make-out” corner can be considered research.

Their investigation leads them to crashing a party, where they uncover more evidence. But they’re forced to conceal their crime by pretending—sort of—that they snuck into the office for some heavy kissing. Then Janie’s brake lines are cut, and only a quick plunge to the tile floor keeps an overhead lamp from impaling her in the library. This, and the warning, You’re Next, proves Janie’s getting closer. With Janie targeted as the next victim, she and Emanuel must race to expose the murderer soon. Or Janie could wind up dead.

DEEP SECRETS, a young adult mystery/thriller, is complete at 80,000 words. The slow reveal of memories in E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars meets the suspense and romance of Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star.

Interested in YA Romantic Comedy? Hopefully, you’ll see A PERFECT FIT out in the world soon.

Wearing a vintage bombshell dress with a faux fox stole to school might be considered social suicide, but seventeen-year-old Ren couldn’t care less. As long as she can hang out with her best friend, Kalli and Kalli’s twin brother, Kit, plus wear vintage clothing and ace AP Trig, life’s nearly perfect. However, if she could indulge a few secret wishes, she’d like to make the cheering team—even though she’s anything but athletic—and catch the attention of high school hottie, Craig. Not that Craig’s aware of her existence.

But whenever Ren wears her latest thrift shop find, sparkly shoes, odd things happen. The head cheerleader—who mocked Ren when she tried out in junior high—begs her to join the team. And Craig asks her to come to his Halloween party, revealing he’s going as a masked Galaxy Man. Galaxy Man is the star of Ren’s favorite movie, and she begins to suspect cheering and Craig’s interest are happening because she’s wearing her new shoes.

At the party, Ren and Galaxy Man talk and kiss, but before she can unmask him, he runs away. Over the next week, Galaxy Man visits Ren, and she falls hard for this shy, awkward version of Craig. Her life couldn’t get better. Except, Ren’s now failing trig, and she keeps fighting with Kalli—who’s worried about Ren’s shoe obsession. And Ren cringes whenever she wears her favorite vintage. As for Craig? He’s not as much fun as Galaxy Man.

If wearing her sparkly shoes makes her dreams come true, Ren will have to decide if her wishes are worth the price. She can either wear her shoes forever and have the things she’s always hoped for, or throw them out and go back to her former, geeky-boring existence.

Complete at 61,000 words, A PERFECT FIT is a young adult romantic comedy. It’s a contemporary, non-magical twist on ELLA ENCHANTED, with hints of THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY, by Jenny Han.

I’m represented by Jessica Watterson, Dijkstra Agency.

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This is a picture taken of the field in front of my house at sunset. The bare trees look like skeletons on fire!

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