Readers, it’s been a fun-filled and rewarding last few months. In addition to embracing the busy wonder of the holidays, I’ve been revising my YA urban fantasy, Tumbling After, the first book in The Timebender’s Curse series, under the guidance of Pooja Menon, literary agent extraordinaire. Thanks to her insightful comments and editing suggestions, the manuscript is nearly ready for solicitation.
I’ve also recently completed a YA historical novella, A Cold November Road, which will be available for downloading once a quick round of editing is complete. This was my first stab at creating a manuscript while keeping the limited word count necessitated by a novella at the forefront of my thoughts —and I loved it!
In the event you don’t read novellas often, you might be interested to know a bit more about them. Novellas:
- typically have a word count between 10,000 and 40,000 words
- feature fewer conflicts than full length novels
- have endings located on the brink of change
- typically are not divided into chapters
- often focus on the personal and emotional development of the main character(s)
In the spirit of a novella, A Cold November Road, is a brief window in the journey of 16-year-old Wilhelmina Martin during the final months of the American Civil War. The story begins with Wilhelmina preparing to journey to England with her parents, where she will be wed to an Englishman she has never met. Her path is dramatically altered, however, when the war belatedly arrives at her doorstep—with a vengeance—setting her on a fateful course she never could have imagined.
A Cold November Road will be available for downloading as early as next week, so please check back soon.