Elle Stone (Ellebones on QT) has signed with agent Rebecca Strauss of DeFiore and Company.
Once I thought of my setting, I had to run with the idea. I like playing with tropes and the story twists common YA/fantasy elements in a way that’s familiar, but a little different. Instead of a story about a first contact with magic, the main character’s seen it all and wants to get away.
I’ll never tell anyone they "need" an MFA to be a successful writer, but it was what I personally needed to jumpstart my writing. The writer’s community at SHU is second to none and I’ve made any number of invaluable contacts there.
Growing up in an enchanted museum should be heaven. For Violet, it’s a prison sentence. She’s done with charms, spells, and all that magical nonsense. She wants a normal life in the outside world and will do close to anything to break free.
When her latest escape scheme collapses, Violet’s left in the rubble with Oriel--a green-eyed sorcerer on the hunt for a lost charm. His love spell entrances Violet long enough for him to override her judgment and wake a host of imprisoned statues. Now Violet has to baby-sit a pack of freed royals while she combats the creatures loosed into the corridors. A tiger stalks her footsteps, an unknown force opens doors that can’t be opened, and a plague goddess infects her world’s foundations.
As friends disappear and charms rampage, Violet will have to overcome dark magic--and her own murky past--to survive. It’s her against all comers, and magic demands sacrifice. Is Violet willing to surrender her dream of life outside to protect the home she despises?
Captive Magic was completed as my thesis in the MFA in popular fiction program at Seton Hill University. The completed manuscript is 66k words targeted to a teen YA audience--a mix of Night At The Museum and the quirky magic of Harry Potter.
Thank you for your time & consideration.