Its been awhile…
I’ve not had the chance to post in a while–very busy with book projects and a variety of professional trainings. Over the past few months I’ve been blessed to have two book projects given the green light. This includes my first Young Adult (YA) novel–HAFFLING(Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink), which will be released Fall 2013. This will be my first outing with a pseudonym–Caleb James. At some point I’ll revisit the hows and whys authors use pen names.
Today’s topic is this–One of the less glamorous jobs of a writer is
to be able to condense a book into a variety of synopses, blurbs, jacket
copy etc and to do it fast. Faced with my young adult novel Haffling
about to shoot down the production conveyer belt I must reduce 330 pages of teen angst into two hundred words or less. Here’s my morning’s shot at it with help from Elizabeth Fitzgerald and the editorial staff at Dreamspinner. All comments are gratefully appreciated.
All sixteen year old Alex Nevus wants is to be two years older and
become his sister Alice’s legal guardian. That, and he’d like his first
kiss, preferably with Jerod Haynes. Sadly, wanting something and
getting it, are very different. Strapped with a mentally ill mother, he
fears for his own sanity–having a fairy on his shoulder that only he
can see doesn’t help. Jerod Haynes has a girlfriend, and his mother’s
schizophrenia places Alice and him in constant jeopardy of being carted
back into foster care.
When Alex’s mother goes missing,
everything falls apart. Frantic, he tracks her to a remote corner of
Manhattan and is transported to another dimension–the land of the
Unsee, the realm of the Fey. There he finds his mother held captive by
the power-mad Queen May, and he learns that he is half human and half
fey – a Haffling.
As Alex’s human world is being destroyed,
so too the Unsee is being devoured by a ravenous mist. Fey is vanishing
and May needs to cross into the human world. She needs something that
only Alex can provide and she will stop at nothing to possess it…to