Douglas Esper (douglasesper on QT) has signed with agent Erica Christensen of Metamorphosis Literary Agency.
When a plane crashes in the Rockies in the midst of a freak storm, eleven strangers find themselves stranded with a murderer.
As they proceed down the mountain, the survivors share watershed stories from their lives to help get to know each other and to keep their minds of their perilous circumstances. The stories also give clues as to how the people got on the plane and who might have wanted them dead.
I was inspired by books like In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Many plot points and character traits were inspired by real life events, which make me wonder about some of my life choices over the years.
For In The Watershed I started sending out letters just before agreeing to jump on a music tour as a percussionist, which took up all of 2016 and 2017. When the tour ended I took a look at the MS and realized there were issues I wanted to clear up, but in 2018 I wrote a book about my tour and a YA Adventure/Fantasy first. I started to query in earnest in the Fall/Winter of 2018, though I only sent out one or two letters at a time.
Erica Christensen joined Metamorphosis Literary as I was doing some research into them. She posted her wishlist and it fit my book surprisingly well. I had the query, synopsis, and sample chapters sent off quickly and I'm really glad she got excited by my MS the same ways that I did.
In the Watershed, complete at 85k words, is a mystery/thriller similar to In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
When a plane crashes atop the Rockies in the midst of a blizzard, eleven strangers get stranded with a murderer.
Preeya, a self-employed currier, leads the survivors down the mountain. Freezing, injured, and exhausted, the passengers share their watershed stories to break the ice and keep their focus off of their grim situation. Dwayne, a vagabond widow, tells the group about a good deed that didn't go unpunished. Henry, a disgraced politician, explains the vandalism that offered him a second chance. Nora, a celebrity security specialist, admits that a homicidal stalker may have chased her client, a coverboy on all the recent rock magazines, onto the plane. Her admission informs the group that the blizzard now represents the least of their worries.
Each step down the mountain brings them closer to escape, but the further they get, the bolder the stalker's plan to kidnap Jeffrey becomes. Can the dwindling survivors endure the storm and avoid a killer long enough to find rescue?
My recent publications include: Broken Wing, a general fiction short story in, A Journey Of Words (Scout Media), A Life of Inches, a new adult/sports fiction novel (Limitless Publishing), The Day We Hung The Tallest Thomas, a western short story (Frontier Tales Magazine), A Late Night Bang, a romance novella in, Men Of Mayhem: A Mafia Anthology (Limitless Publishing), My Wife's Favorite, a Suspense/Horror short found in the anthology, A Matter Of Words (ScoutMedia).
I was the touring percussionist for rock musician Chuck Mosley (Faith No More, Bad Brains) until his death in November of 2017. My book, Reintroducing Chuck Mosley: Life On and Off the Road is due for release in 2020 via ScoutMedia.