Yay!! I’ve won a chance to be in the Writer’s Voice Contest and I’m posting my query letter along with the first 250 words as is required. A huge thank you to the host, Krista Van Dolzer, and the co-hosts, Brenda Drake, Mónica Bustamante Wagner, and Elizabeth Briggs.
Dear Writer’s Voice,
A small college town in rural Colorado should be safe. That’s what Kesari Chavez thought when she first arrived at Northeast Colorado University as a freshman. And for three years, it has been. She expects nothing different for her senior year, other than some lingering curiosity over her being ditched at the altar six weeks ago. Whether people get over it or not, that’s their damn problem. She’s determined to leave it in the past where it belongs and live life on her own terms for once. Except everywhere she turns she’s sabotaged by past mistakes that keep altering her path. Like finding out, she has to be tested for HIV when several students are infected with the deadly virus.
But that isn’t the worse thing.
Threatening gifts and unwanted contact by a person who is determined to stay anonymous spins Kesari’s safe world out of control, leaving her suspecting everyone, including her ex-fiancé and obsessed neighbor. When her best friend, who is the one person keeping her from completely losing it, is injured in a car accident, Kesari does the only thing a girl can do on a college budget. She hires an amateur P.I. to follow her while she delves into the lives of those around her. As the danger escalates at an alarming rate with more “accidents”, Kesari digs deeper and puts herself in the very position the stalker wants her; directly in the stalker’s path.
FATAL FLAW is an 81,000 word adult psychological thriller that will appeal to fans of the movie, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE and the book, THE BED I MADE by Lucie Whitehouse.
I’m a member of Pike’s Peak Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the SinC Guppy chapter. In addition, I’m a literary intern for a NYC agency. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Someone once told me I should trust myself when I feel fear. I mute the music playing on my phone and pull out my earbuds, letting them dangle against my tank top. Something’s wrong and it’s as if the neighborhood feels it too. There are no dogs barking, lawn mowers purring, or birds chirping. I increase my pace until I’m almost jog-walking and turn down my street.
I scan the tired duplex I live in and my neighbor, Brian, sits on an old, rickety stool on his side of the porch drinking a soda. He takes a sip and watches me as I walk up my side of the house. “Trying to save gas money again, huh,” he says more as an observation than a question. He’s crushed on me since the first time we met and because of it, he’s always up in my business. “You could’ve asked for a ride, Kesari. I don’t mind and it’s not a big deal.”
As usual, Brian doesn’t allow me a chance to speak. With his eyes, he motions to my side of the porch. Sitting on the doorstep is a large, odd-looking potted plant. It’s about four feet tall with spindly, pinkish-purple blooms. “I saw it a couple of hours ago and it’s from an anonymous admirer. Boy is that thing ugly, but it made me curious so I had to look up its name. It’s a Tamarisk plant and it’s so common along the Colorado River that it’s ruining the ecosystem and narrowing the river.”
This Friday (tomorrow), Pitch Madness opens for three days and their accepting all applicants, but will narrow it down to sixty entries. If you have a polished manuscript, go check it out, here.
Brenda Drake is one of my favorite author in the trenches. She loves helping other aspiring authors and constantly hosts a variety of contests for them. Right now, she’s gearing up for Pitch Madness which starts on Feb. 20th. But the other thing that makes her a rock star in my book is that she posts stories about authors who get signed by agents. If you’re feeling down, here’s a great story about someone who stuck it out and signed with an agent.
Awesome news; The next Pitmad, a twitter pitch party is Dec. 4 and agent Carly Watters has great advice and tips on how to tweet your COMPLETED manuscript.
It’s heeeere! I love this contest and I think it’s a great opportunity if you have a completed manuscript. So polish off your query and come up with something that your MC fears. Check out all of the rules at SC Write’s Blog.
On Sept. 9th, there is a twitter pitch party, hosted by the fabulous Brenda Drake. If you have a completed and polished manuscript you should plan on tweeting your pitch. If you click on this, you’ll find a set of guidelines to follow. So polish up those 140 character pitches and have fun.
Hey fellow writers, Brenda Drake has opened her Pitch Wars contest early. If you have a completed manuscript, you should head on over to her site and check out all of the rules and mentors. If chosen, the mentors will help you polish your manuscript and query letter until they shine brighter than a rare gem. So, watcha waitin’ for? Head over now, before it closes on August 18th.
On June 11th, there is a twitter pitch party for writers who write SciFi and Fantasy. Check out the details here.
One of my critique partners writes YA and is a phenomenal person. Always willing to help. The other day, she sent out an email to a group that she belongs to asking if there were any thriller writers who’d be willing to speak to a friend (me). I’ve been frustrated about several issues that specifically deal with writing thrillers and have searched for blogs/tweets/anything that will provide insight. There are so many YA and Romance writers that blog and tweet helpful advice. Leaving the thriller category looking bleak. And I was feeling alone on this journey and yet, three people responded to my friend. They didn’t have to, but they heard a plea for help and they responded…within minutes. I haven’t connected with them yet, but I can’t wait.
To pay it forward, I volunteered to judge a business plan contest for college students. The prize, $30,000 to help the students launch their product. I can’t wait to help someone else fulfill their dreams.