Deidra Kerce (DKMarley on QT) has signed with agent Albert Longden of Three Corners Literary.
Dear Mr. Longden,
Many people speculate that Shakespeare did not write the plays. My completed 138,000-word historical novel, A Reckoning for the Sparrow, delves into an alternate story, that Christopher Marlowe, a playwright from Canterbury, is the true Bard of England.
Unfolding in the structure of Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth and the historical style of Jean Plaidy, the story begins Marlowe's life in 1572, at the age of eight, amidst the bloody intrigue and artistic renaissance of Tudor England. The muse, Calliope, and the Queen's spymaster, Sir Frances Walsingham, both discover this young prodigy and lead him onto a path wherein he sells his soul for his art.
For forty-six years, Marlowe traverses and bears the whips and scorns of time, losing his innocence at an early age, his identity as a playwright, and the rights to his own name, as he is pulled into the depths of blood and murder within the Queen's secret spy ring. Marlowe suffers the pangs of despised love, the spurns of unworthy men, broken promises and thwarted justice, even becoming his own character of Faustus. He undertakes a faked death in Deptford and exile, a masque created to protect his life from those seeking to destroy him. Like an opportunistic shadow, the ambitious actor from Stratford, William Shakespeare, steps into Marlowe's shoes as his well-paid proxy.
Like a single blue thread coloring a tapestry, Shakespeare's ambition and point-of-view weaves into Marlowe's life, from childhood till death, culminating in a struggle at Shakespeare's deathbed for the most valuable thing a man can possess: his name. History prevails; Shakespeare wins, until now.
I am a member of the Marlowe Society of America, the Shakespeare Fellowship, and a signer of the Declaration of Intent for the Shakespeare Authorship Debate. A member of the Middle Georgia Writer's Association, I am editor-in-chief of the Middle Georgia online literary magazine, Soliloquy Literary.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.