Genre: Dark Contemporary Gothic
Category: Young Adult
Word Count: 68,000
Three Sentence Pitch:
Question 1: In your MC’s voice, what costume character do you relate most to and why?
Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka marketable/unique)?
Doesn’t everyone love a dark fairy tale in which ultimately the heroine turns the tables on the villain, finds true love, and rescues herself?
First 200 words:
Sporadic blasts of the foghorn heralded our arrival at the lighthouse. The headlights illuminated the mist shrouding the island, but couldn’t penetrate it. Once we were out of the car, fog clung to my skin like a veil. The air was thick with the smell of sea creatures, both living and dead.
Aunt Laura and I followed Uncle Ned into the lightkeeper’s cottage. He lumbered up the narrow staircase and carried my suitcase into one of the two bedrooms on the second floor. Laura began to unpack, setting my folded clothes on the narrow white bed.
“Darling, shouldn’t you start making dinner?” Ned asked. He was slightly out of breath.
“Yes, of course.” Laura scurried away.
Ned stepped towards me. I grabbed an armful of sweaters and held them to my chest, as if their soft wool could protect me, like an armored breastplate.
“When is Pearl’s funeral?” The words scraped past the clump of grief damming my throat.
“Tomorrow, at ten thirty. Just a private service with the two of us, and your Aunt Laura. A friend of mine will officiate.” He went on to mention my father’s other siblings, whom I’d never met.