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Sunday, 28 October 2012  |  Posted by Brenda Drake

Genre: Women’s Fiction
Category Adult
Word Count: 84,000

Three Sentence Pitch:

Emily Cooper has been kicked out of her life. Once a member of one of Georgia’s wealthiest and most highly esteemed political families, she is now left with nothing due to their manipulative tactics and Emily’s inability to fight for herself. When Sally Sewell finds Emily and takes her in, Sally’s cousin, Camilla Baldwin, becomes hell-bent on seeking revenge for the poor helpless girl.

Question 1: In your MC’s voice, what costume character do you relate most to and why?

“Well, Lordy-mercy, if I had to say what costumed character I relate to the most, I’d say it was that Mrs. Doubtfire woman on the ‘count of me likin’ to cook and clean and such. And also on the ‘count of I kinda look like her, and all, with how she dresses and wears her hair and those big ole’ glasses she has on…except I ain’t a man.” (Sally Sewell)

Question 2: As an author, what makes your manuscript a tasty treat (aka marketable/unique)?

My manuscript is a mixture of humor and sadness, presented with Southern flair and told from four points of view. Women from all walks of life will relate to the real life issues of divorce, depression, and the bonding that occurs when walking through fire with those who are closest to us.

First 200 Words:

I knew it as soon as I saw her that I had done the right thing. I knew it like nobody’s business. And I knew for a fact that Camilla Baldwin was gonna be mad as fire, but I had to help that poor girl.

Norma Watson is in my church group at the Baptist church. She makes the best apple strudel straight from scratch and I make the best coffee, so everyone at church says that we make the best team when it comes to mornin’ prayer circle. Well, Norma told me that she heard from Melinda Sawyer ’bout this young woman whose husband decided to up and divorce her and left her no place to go. Said her name was Emily somethin’ or other. Said they lived somewheres up near At-lanta. Well, I just couldn’t imagine how that was so. How would she have no place to go? Wouldn’t she get half? Isn’t that what’s useful ’bout useless lawyers? Aren’t they s’posed to get you half? Well, I declare, I don’t know how such a thing could happen, but it did.

So I told Norma to tell Melinda to tell whoever needed to be told that the poor girl could come live with us.

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