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Dear Agent Name-spelled-right,
In my search for representation on my 90,000 word paranormal
novel, Midnight, I noted your
submission guidelines indicating your interest in this genre.
Samantha Clark is raised by her maternal grandparents and
who has never had the close, loving family she desires. Having led a life of
instability and self-loathing, culminating in a self-destructive relationship
with an abusive boyfriend, she flees him for the relative safety of a close
friend in Harlan County, Kentucky, feeling at once at home with her friend’s
enigmatic, much older companion Michael Devon. This small reclusive, rural
group rouses Sami's suspicions, with good reason: they are all vampires, and
she feels at home with them because she is an unawakened genetic vampire as
well. As she comes to accept this, she learns she must be turned or risk a
lifetime of physiological and psychological difficulties which could eventually
destroy her. With the love and help of her friends and her mentor Michael—the
father she hadn't known—Sami battles emotional and physical transformation
which enables her to find the inner-strength to embrace who she is and the will
to awaken the vampire within.
My short fiction has appeared
in the anthologies Stories from the Red Light District, Aegri Somnia,
Vampire Bytes, and Help, as well as in the Toasted Cheese
literary journal and Apex Magazine. Following my publication in Apex,
I became a submissions editor with them, where I continue to conduct interviews
as well as write book reviews. I am the editor of the Harlan County Horrors anthology,
released October 2009 by Apex Publications. In addition, I am a freelance
editor and book reviewer.
I can be contacted at [phone number] or at [mailing address].