Jun. 3rd, 2011

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3) Write a query letter for a fantasy (any kind) novel

Dear Prospective Agent,

Nathan Gale doesn’t remember his mother’s face. He doesn’t remember much of anything about her, not since she left him at the orphanage on his sixth birthday. But he feels close to her every time a warm Texas storm passes through, and he wants to know “why”. Why he only feels connected to the world during lightning storms, and why she left him alone.

Taking a leave from his banal call center job, he rents a Jeep and starts driving the long I-10, hoping he’ll find something on the long highway; or he would until college dropout “on break” Anita Cozera talks her way into a ride wherever he’s bound, whether he wants her along or not.

Together they hit the road; Anita discovering she wants more purpose in life than she’ll ever admit too, and Nathan finding several people along the way who knew his mother and through them finding out much she seemed to make connections to so many other people who aren’t him. They talk about her like they just saw her. One actually did not too long ago. But Nathan is always two steps behind in his chase. Frustrated with trying to find someone who seems to be actively avoiding him, all Nathan wants is the simple answer of “why,” and he’ll chase every storm cloud he has to until he gets it.

LIGHTNING’S CHILD is a road-trip, soul searching fantasy at 85,000 words. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Ravenswept

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