Heather Petty (claena on QT) has signed with agent Eleanor Jackson of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.
Most notably, YA author Terry Farley, who wrote the Phantom Stallion series, was my English teacher in high school. She actually kept me after class one day to praise a piece of writing I did for her, and made me promise I’d join the school newspaper, which was the definitive start to me thinking of myself as a writer. YA author and Professor Susan Palwick was so committed to encouraging me as a fiction writer in college, that when I couldn’t take her writing seminar because of a work conflict, she offered to mentor me one-on-one at her house for credit. She pushed me and made me work hard, but she also believed in my ability even when I didn’t. I’ll never be able to thank either of them enough for believing in me like that.
Dear Ms Agent,
I am seeking representation for my YA urban fantasy novel, CAMP WYLDE, the story of 17-year-old Drew Donovan, who always wanted Faerie creatures to be real--until they start to wake up in the forest surrounding her summer camp job.
Drew had an absolutely perfect, not-at-all-dangerous plan for her last real summer vacation: library job, reality show marathons, rinse, repeat. Her plan did not include working at Wylde Lake (as Drew's pretty sure the forest gives her hives), nor did it include getting caught in the boys' bathroom on her very first day by the hot-camp-boy-perfection that is Liam Walsh. And in no way did her plan include being chased across camp by a giant black dog that can make people disappear or being kidnapped by a Kelpie intent on drowning her in the lake.
And, really, by the time a goblin tries to off her in the communal bathroom just days after the moon disappears from the sky, she's pretty much had enough.
Drew could deal with the fact that faeries and monsters are real. And that Liam was one of them? Well, it's not like he blends into the crowd. But how in the world was she supposed to believe that dark and beautiful Liam could fall for her with Charlie's Angels: Lifeguard Edition on duty?
Of course, she isn't left to ponder that mystery for long. When Drew discovers that the camp's waking creatures, monster attacks, and bizarre happenings are actually the omens that brought Liam's family to Wylde Lake in the first place, Drew must follow the clues of an ancient prophecy to save Liam from succumbing to his darker self. Even if, as the prophecy predicts, she'll have to give her life for his.
I am an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I received an English degree with a writing emphasis and Journalism minor from the University of Nevada, Reno. I was also mentored by Susan Palwick, a young adult fantasy author and professor at UNR. For the past nine years, I have worked as a Technical Writer and Editor for Bally Technologies.
Thank you for your time and consideration.