Have been very busy writing my WIP – Nooks & Grannies – the story of two young misfits (Amelia & Keegan), best friends since kindergarten, who shed the late-bloomer-coming-of-age cloak when they move into Keegan’s late grandmother’s house together and begin to grow up. Despite their separate emotional baggage (Amelia doesn’t know who her father is and her mother’s been in jail since Amelia was 14, and Keegan’s father deserted the family when he discovered his son was gay. Keegan’s mother summarily took off, leaving him to be raised by his grandparents.) These two have always been there for each other, protecting and defending one another against taunts and ridicule from classmates and even some teachers. Using humor to deflect their hurt, they scrape together what wisdom they can muster to make their way in this often harsh world for the non-pretty outsiders. Amelia’s personal quirkiness falls over into her professional life and she opens her own small shop catering to the film students at the local university. Keegan, while entertaining the fantasy of being the next Leonard Bernstein, discovers he has another hidden talent.
P.S. Nana’s house is haunted.
Got some interest from an agent who likes the concept and voice of The Story of Laurel Blue Stone – which I think should be retitled to: This Ain’t The OK Corral - a contemporary, multicultural, dark, edgy, suspense YA of a young Zuni girl in love with a white park ranger but who is forced to date a crazy Navajo through deceit. She’s asked for an additional 12K words and I’ve been happily revising. I love spending time with these characters that are so real and true to life to me. Despite its dark edginess, there’s also humor.