This space is usually where I place the intro for this series. In most cases it goes something like this: Queries are hard. But once you hit on the right story, and work with your CPs and betas, you can write one that will attract agent interest. This is not something I just put out there, but what I TRULY believe.
Over the years I’ve written more queries than I care to remember. In fact, for one manuscript I think I rewrote the query 25 times. It got some agent interest and then went nowhere. Then I wrote this baby, and well, from the moment the words hit the page it felt right…
Eighteen-year-old Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she’s dangling by her teeth 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace thrills crowds, and battles inner demons, trying to forget her abusive childhood and a secret that haunts her every move.
No one’s ever questioned Grace’s motives, or sanity, until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick Grace performs, Henry pushes her to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry’s constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, she continues to test the powers of the sky.
After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot’s life, a big-time Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform on the national stage. She jumps at the chance to have her future secured. But when a trick goes horribly wrong, it crushes her world and brings an unwanted visit from her alcoholic father who could demolish all her dreams. With her future in the air slipping away, Grace must confront her past and decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick.
Complete at 68,000 words, NOTHING BUT SKY was inspired by real-life women who risked everything to follow their barnstorming dreams in the early twentieth century. It will appeal to readers who enjoyed CODE NAME VERITY and SUCH A RUSH.
So as you may have guessed by now, I’m sharing this query today as my way of saying…I HAVE AN AGENT!!!!
Yes, it’s true. I’ m lucky enough to say I’m now working with the lovely Roseanne Wells at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. This moment has been a long time coming for me. I’ve always thought about what I would say when it arrived, and now I’m completely speechless. All I can say is I’m incredibly grateful to Roseanne for seeing the potential in NOTHING BUT SKY, and for loving Grace and Henry enough to take a chance not only on this manuscript but on me too.
In keeping with the tradition of this series, I’ll share one tidbit:
The idea for this book came from a trip I took to the Field Museum in Chicago. Once the little plot bunny started hopping around in my head, I knew immediately what the first line of the query would be. Though the plot changed a little, and some of the characters went through serious revisions, I was adamant that the first line always remain the same – and it did.
One last thing is very important for me to share. I know for a fact this would have never happened without the love and support of everyone in the writing community. You lifted me up when I was down. Made me laugh when all I wanted to do was cry. And most importantly, made me keep trying even when I was at my lowest. I’m not going to list everyone by name but you know who you are, and I’m sending hugs to you across miles and oceans. Thank you. Thank you for ALWAYS believing in me!