Christina Farley (cfarley on QT) has signed with agent Jeff Ourvan of Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, LLC.
The success of Jeff Stone’s Five Ancestors series demonstrates the appeal of martial arts stories with readers. It’s time now for a girl to sidekick her way into that market―a Korean American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself.
In my 76,000―word YA Asian paranormal, GILDED, sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa’s dad uproots her from her home in L.A. for his new job in Seoul. Jae thought her biggest problem would be trying to fit in with her classmates and dealing with her dismissive grandfather. But she was wrong. A Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she’s next. Jae trains with a Korean master, confident her taekwondo will be enough to fight Haemosu. But she’s wrong again. Desperate, Jae delves into the ancient arts of metamorphism and uses her growing power in the Spirit World. Even still, it isn’t enough.
And then there’s Marc. Irresistible, charming, and mysterious, Marc threatens to break the barriers around Jae’s heart. But Marc has a secret of his own―one that could help destroy Haemosu. As Jae grows closer to him, she must decide if she can trust him and if putting his life in jeopardy is worth the risk.
Jae thought she knew all the answers. It turns out that she's been wrong about a lot of things: her grandfather is her greatest ally, even the tough girl can fall in love, and Korea might just be the home she's always been looking for. GILDED combines the Asian magic of SILVER PHEONIX by Cindy Pon and the multicultural flair of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. The combination of culture clash and girl power offers a refreshing take on the paranormal novel.
Living in Korea for the last eight years has given me insight into Korean culture and history. My writing credits include publications in various magazines including FACES, Highlights, Boys’ Quest, Fun for Kidz, and Hopscotch. I am a member of the SCBWI and my work has placed in the Southwest Writers and the Cassell Network of Writers contests.
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